New Evidence on Resveratrol Benefits
New groundbreaking evidences on the benefits of resveratrol were recently presented by University of Leicester scientists at a major conference called Resveratrol 2012. The conference, which was attended by experts from many countries, featured new findings based on studies done in the last two years. This included evidence from more than ten clinical trials, which were conducted after the first international conference was held in Denmark in 2010.
Resveratrol is a compound extracted from the skin of grapes, and is found in red wine. Its potential benefits have been studied for some time now, mostly on laboratory animals, but its effects have not been proven in human subjects. Its effectiveness and safe dose has not been clearly established in humans.
The conference highlights the results of the most recent trials showing how resveratrol can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. From the results of studies using laboratory models, scientists have found that daily intake of resveratrol in the amount equivalent to two glasses of red wine can reduce the rate of bowel tumors by fifty percent.
Professor Karen Brown, a member of the University’s Cancer Biomarkers and Prevention Group and one of the organizers of the conference, states that research at the University is now focusing on how resveratrol can prevent cancer and identifying the mechanisms of how it works in human cells. They hope to take their findings to the next stage, which will determine the optimum levels beneficial for human use. She adds that although many people are currently taking resveratrol supplements, more research is needed to find out how it works in human subjects.
University of Leicester. New evidence on how compound found in red wine can help prevent cancer. ScienceDaily.