A new animal study found that daily supplementation with Resveratrol may increase energy metabolism, cell signaling pathways and neurotransmission.
23 male adult monkeys were randomly assigned to one of three groups: A control group fed a healthy diet, A negative control group fed a diet high in sugar and fat and a group fed a diet high in sugar and fats and supplemental Resveratrol (80 mg per day for the first year and 480 mg per day for the second year). The study lasted 2 years. Researchers used proteomics to identify changes in the expression of 12 specific proteins in the brains of these rhesus monkeys.
Improvements in energy metabolism and the efficiency of cell signaling pathways and neurotransmission in the group supplementing with the Resveratrol in addition to the high fat and sugar diet were seen.
This study adds to the existing science on the healthy benefits of Resveratrol, a very powerful polyphenal. A lot of research has focused on Resveratrol’s cardiovascular benefits due to the nutraceuticals association with the “French Paradox”. This phrase was used to describe the low incidence of obesity and heart disease in the French people even though they have a diet moderately high in fat. It is believed to be their consumption of Red wine that neutralizes the damage of their high fat diet.
Further studies are needed.
A good Resveratrol product will be standardized to 200 mg of trans-resveratrol (the phyto-nutrient in the resveratrol that gives the polyphenal its beneficial properties). Additional Grape Seed Extract may be added to provide additional antioxidant benefits.
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