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Resveratrol in prevention and treatment of common clinical conditions of aging

Authors Markus A

Published 6 June 2008 Volume 2008:3(2) Pages 331—339


M Andrea Markus, Brian J Morris

School of Medical Sciences and Bosch Institute, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Abstract: Resveratrol is a potent member of the class of natural, plant-derived chemicals known as polyphenols. These help explain in part why a diet high in fruit and vegetables confers health benefits and are associated with reduced risk of common complex conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. We present the latest molecular findings that account for the beneficial actions of resveratrol. The intracellular pathways activated are crucial for anti-oxidant defence, regulation of the cell cycle, mitochondrial energy production, vascular tone, oncogene suppression, and many other phenomena which if unchecked lead to morbidity and mortality from onset and progression of these various diseases. While a healthy diet and lifestyle is strongly recommended in prevention of such conditions, the future bodes well for the use of resveratrol and analogues of higher potency than the natural form for treatment of diseases that afflict humans, particularly as they age.

Keywords: resveratrol, longevity, SIRT, wine, aging, cancer

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