October 15, 2008
Resveratrol Reduces Liver Fat Accumulation

The resveratrol in red wine might reduce the liver fat accumulation that can result from alcohol abuse.

BETHESDA, Md. (Oct. 14, 2008) − The accumulation of fat in the liver as a result of chronic alcohol consumption could be prevented by consuming resveratrol, according to a new study with mice. The research found that resveratrol reduced the amount of fat produced in the liver of mice fed alcohol and, at the same time, increased the rate at which fat within the liver is broken down.

Chronic alcohol consumption causes fat to accumulate and can lead to liver diseases, including cirrhosis and fibrosis of the liver. It can also result in liver failure. The study points to resveratrol as a possible treatment for alcoholic fatty liver disease, and as a way to prevent the disease in those who are at risk, but have not developed it.

Resveratrol is present in grapes, peanuts, berries and in red wine. Other research with mice has suggested resveratrol may have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. There is also evidence that it has cardiovascular benefits. However, these findings have not been extended to humans.

I'm still waiting for the definitive study on whether resveratrol will lower all-cause mortality. There's a decent chance it will. But at this point I'm still not sure whether resveratrol pills are worth taking.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2008 October 15 11:51 PM  Aging Diet Resveratrol

andy.s said at October 16, 2008 8:28 PM:

so a major symptom of alcoholism is cured by alcohol.
I'm not sure what to think about that.

cancer_man said at October 20, 2008 12:33 PM:

The evidence for resveratrol's positive effects is overwhelming. Of course, you'd want to make sure the brand is good. Harvard's Dr. Sinclair took 360mg of Longevinex for 4 years, so it seems he trusted that maker but others work as well.

I'd consider it if I was overweight, smoked, drank quite a bit, was over 50, had arthritis or had cancer at some point.

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