Resveratrol is a compound that various plants make to fight off bacteria, fungi, and other microbial attackers, and also to withstand drought or lack of nutrients.
It has been found in red and purple grapes, blueberries, cranberries, mulberries, lingonberries, peanuts, and pistachios (just to name a few).
In 1992, two Cornell University plant scientists suggested that resveratrol might be responsible for the cardiovascular benefits of red wine.
Resveratrol is found in red wines and produced by a variety of plants when put under stress. It was first discovered to have an anti-aging properties by Sinclair, other HMS researchers, and their colleagues in 2003 and reported in Nature.
The 2003 study showed that yeast treated with resveratrol lived 60 percent longer. Since 2003, resveratrol has been shown to extend the lifespan of worms and flies by nearly 30 percent, and fish by almost 60 percent. It has also been shown to protect against Huntington’s disease in two different animal models (worms and mice).
David Sinclair, associate professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School and one of the authors of the study stated,
“The “healthspan” benefits we saw in the obese mice treated with resveratrol, such as increased insulin sensitivity, decreased glucose levels, healthier heart and liver tissues, are positive clinical indicators and may mean we can stave off in humans’ age-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, but only time and more research will tell…”
Exactly how resveratrol might do all this is still a mystery. One possibility is that it turns on genes that make sirtuins, ancient proteins found in virtually all species. Activating sirtuins kicks off a response that fights disease and prolongs life. The Cell researchers were trying to figure out just how resveratrol might turn on sirtuin genes.
In 2003, a flurry of publications was released after Harvard issued the results of their first major study on resveratrol that studied mice. Since then, hundreds of reports have indicated that resveratrol “may” protect against cancer, cardiovascular disease, vascular dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease, and extend the life span.
Soon after the study was released, resveratrol was touted as the “Miracle Molecule” and projected to be the answer to the “French Paradox” (The French drink more wine than most any other culture and yet they have baffled nutritionists for years due to the 30% longer life span and 36% fewer heart problems.)
The resveratrol in red wine comes from the skin of grapes used to make wine. Because red wine is fermented with grape skins longer than is white wine, red wine contains more resveratrol.
Simply eating grapes, or drinking grape juice, has been suggested as one way to get resveratrol without drinking alcohol. Red and purple grape juices may have some of the same heart-healthy benefits of red wine and are digested and absorbed by the body easily.
Other foods that contain some resveratrol include peanuts, blueberries and cranberries. It’s not yet known how beneficial eating grapes or other foods might be compared with drinking red wine when it comes to promoting heart health. And of course the amount of resveratrol in food and red wine can vary widely.
Resveratrol supplements are also available. While researchers haven’t found any harm in taking resveratrol supplements, they have discovered that it is much harder for the body to absorb supplements (some more than others.)
There have been special reports on “CNN”, “60 Minutes” and many other news stations (local and national) with over 30 scientific studies backing up the seemingly far-fetched claims of this simple food component.
Additionally, a study done by researchers at Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University agrees with the finding from the Harvard study and also states that:
* Although resveratrol can inhibit the growth of cancer cells in culture and in some animal models, it is not known whether high intakes of resveratrol can prevent cancer in humans.
* Resveratrol administration has increased the lifespans of yeast, worms, fruit flies, fish, and mice fed a high-calorie diet, but it is not known whether resveratrol will have similar effects in humans.
For those who suffer with Lyme disease it is the anti-oxidant, immune system boosting and anti-microbial properties that put it on the list of herbs in the core protocol.
However, resveratrol is found in much higher concentration in Japanese Knotweed (Hu Zhang), and has been used around the world for infections of various kinds, bacterial, viral and inflammation – for thousands of years. It has also been used for digestive problems, reproductive and respiratory problems and especially to strengthen the immune system.
When you add all of those benefits to the incredible anti-aging components, you can see how beneficial Hu Zhang would be for chronic Lyme disease.
“Healing Lyme”, written by Mr. Stephen Buhner, considers Hu Zhang a core ingredient in his healing protocol.
Read http://lymediseaseresource.com/wordpress/one-success-with-the-buhner-protocol/ for inspirational healing story.
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