[permaculture] BBC NEWS | Health | Study boosts wine chemical hopes
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jordan at riseup.net
Wed Jun 4 13:06:06 EDT 2008
unfortunately, resveratrol just passes through at the levels contained in
wine or grape juice.
Fortunately, the dispersive Japanese Knotweed has the levels needed to
actually impact human health.
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> Study boosts wine chemical hopes
> Red wine
> There is evidence that wine can have beneficial effects
> A chemical derived from red wine could one day help keep the heart
> "genetically young", claim researchers.
> University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers found that resveratrol
> appeared to halt age-related changes in the function
> of heart genes.
> The effects, described in the PLOS One journal, appeared to mimic those
> produced by eating a very low calorie diet -
> known to prolong life.
> But an expert said drinking wine would not achieve the effect.
> In order to have any effect, you would have to drink literally gallons of
> wine, and that is not recommended
> Dr Louise Connelly
> Imperial College
> Resveratrol, a plant polyphenol found in red wine, grapes and
> pomegranates, has been suggested as one of the reasons for
> the so-called "French paradox" - the relative longevity of the French
> despite a diet rich in artery-clogging animal fats.
> It has been suggested that the traditional glass of red wine taken at
> mealtimes was helping beat heart disease.
> The Wisconsin researchers the chemical on "middle-aged" mice, looking at
> the effects on the workings of genes in the heart.
> The natural ageing process in animals and humans is marked by changes in
> the function, or expression, of thousands of
> genes in the organ, and even though the precise consequences of all these
> changes in gene expression is not fully
> understood, they are thought to contribute to its gradual overall
> The mice on resveratrol appeared to have fewer changes in gene expression
> over time compared with those who did not.
> The researchers suggested that this brought studies of the chemical closer
> to the "consumption reality" of middle-aged
> They also noticed similarities between the gene expression changes linked
> to resveratrol and those noticed in mice given
> low calorie diets, prompting speculation that the chemical may have a
> similar effect.
> Many animals who undergo "calorific restriction" live longer, and Dr Tomas
> Prolla, one of the lead authors, suggested a
> similar process might be at work.
> "There must be a few master biochemical pathways activated in response to
> caloric restriction, which in turn activate
> many other pathways - and resveratrol seems to activate some of those
> master pathways as well."
> Hard to take
> However, none of this may be good news for lovers of red wine.
> Dr Louise Connelly, from Imperial College, who has looked at the effects
> of resveratrol on lung disease, said that the
> chemical did not stay in the body long enough to have any effects.
> "The resveratrol molecule is very quickly removed from the bloodstream
> metabolised by the liver.
> "In order to have any effect, you would have to drink literally gallons of
> wine, and that is not recommended."
> She said that the only way for humans to experience its effects would be
> the development of a form of the chemical which
> overcame this problem.
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> British Heart Foundation
> PLOS One
> University of Wisconsin-Madison
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