Why Resveratrol May Be Useless to Women.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) November 10, 2012
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study, recently published by Cell Metabolism (October 25, 2012), which found that post-menopausal women without Type 2 diabetes, and who are reasonably healthy, do not experience the benefits of resveratrol.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/women’s-health/why-resveratrol-may-be-useless-to-women), resveratrol, the key natural chemical within red grapes and red wine, has been found to have excellent disease-preventing qualities. Resveratrol has been previously found to moderate insulin sensitivity (thus helping diabetics), reduce risk of heart disease, and even increase the length of your life. But now, researchers have found that those benefits may not exist for healthy women.
As noted in the article “Why Resveratrol May Be Useless to Women,” for 12 weeks, half of the 29 women in the study took an over-the-counter resveratrol supplement, and the rest, a placebo. The dosage was 75 milligrams of resveratrol a day—an amount equivalent to eight liters (almost 11 standard bottles) of red wine. The researchers compared the women’s insulin sensitivity to those on the placebo, measuring how effective their bodies were in moving glucose from the bloodstream into cells and muscles.
According to the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, researchers noted that this was a very sensitive approach for evaluating insulin action, but researchers still could not detect any effect from the resveratrol, even in small samples of muscle and fat tissue.
As the article reports, resveratrol supplements are increasingly popular, largely because of a pile of health breakthroughs over the years that found resveratrol could improve metabolic function, and prevent, or even reverse certain health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. In recent years, annual U.S. sales of resveratrol supplements have risen to $30.0 million. But, the study indicates that at least some of those people are wasting their money.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article concludes that while earlier studies suggested that drinking red wine lowers the risk of health problems, most of those studies looked at diabetics, obese individuals with metabolic syndrome, and older adults with impaired glucose tolerance. This may well remain true, but a bottle of resveratrol supplements is unlikely to deliver similar benefits to healthy women.
(SOURCE: Yoshino, J., et al., “Resveratrol supplementation does not improve metabolic function in non-obese women with normal glucose tolerance,” Cell Metabolism, published online October 25, 2012.)
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