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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Resveratrol protects against lung disease

It seems like every day that some new and exciting story comes out about the positive effects of this glorious antioxidant found in red wine. Resveratrol has been linked with dozens of positive effects and benefits over the last few years and has been said to help with Cancer, Diabetes, Arthritis, Cardiovascular disease, Pancreatitis, Kidney diseases, ect....

A new study conducted at the University of California at Merced has concluded that this beneficial antioxidant may protect against lung cancer development caused by smoking cigarettes. Dr. Henry Forman, a professor at the Merced school of natural sciences said," resveratrol protects caspases," which are enzymes that kill off precancerous cells in the process of keeping lung tissue healthy.

In a lab study conducted by the Merced team, smoke polluted lung cells were treated with doses of resveratrol, ranging from 2 micromolars to 20, except for a control group. After 24 hours, the cells treated with resveratrol at levels as low as 5 micromolars showed more than double the amount of smoke-exposed lung cell removal, through the activation of caspases. In the tissue untreated with resveratrol, the opposite was observed, with some cells dying violently and even some harmful cells replicating.


For more on this story visit Wine Spectator: Resveratrol Protects Lungs
 
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