Resveratrol is in the news again.
Already credited with anti-aging properties, resveratrol found in the skin of red grapes, in red wine and in supplements many buy to stay young, new animal research shows resveratrol has very active biological effects.
The National Institute on Aging in Baltimore studied mice and resveratrol.
Author Rafael de Cabo tells the Washington Post, "We have shown that this particular compound has very strong positive effects on preventing cardiovascular disease, reducing heart inflammation, keeping bone health in terms of structure and function, and maintaining loco-motor and balance activity. So, if these effects translate into humans, it will have a very good impact on the standard of human health."
Mice, on a high-calorie diets and resveratrol were shown to have lived longer.
Red wine is a good source of resveratrol, as is the crust of peanuts and walnuts.
Besides resveratrol, a calorie-restricted diet of between 30 to 50 percent, as well as fasting every other day, is shown to have similar benefits of age-related decline.
"But we can't have half of America going permanently on a diet," said de Cabo. "We just can't do it. It's not practical, and it's not going to happen."
The findings done with a team from Harvard Medical School, re published in the July 3 online issue of Cell Metabolism.
The Washington Post also reports on research out of the Athens Medical School in Greece on green tea.
There researchers found that consuming green tea appeared to improve the functioning of the cells along the circulatory system, endothelial cells, damage to which is a key to the onset of atherosclerosis of the heart. #