Chlorella Sorokiniana And Resveratrol
R E S V E R A T R O L
Resveratrol has been associated with something known as the ‘French Paradox.’ This is a reference to why the French diet can be so high in fatty foods like cheeses and red meat along with red wine, yet the people seem to maintain good health. The reason is thought to be the Resveratrol benefits contained primarily in their consumption of the Red wine Resveratrol acts as a powerful anti-oxidant. This means that it is capable of removing free radicals and other toxins/poisons from the body. This helps to make all your various organs function better, and even offer them some level of protection from future decline and loss of function.
This also may lead to other well-known Resveratrol benefits, such as protection against cancer and even a reduction in the risk of developing cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. helps prevent ageing, blood clots, damage to blood vessels & reduces “LDL” cholesterol levels which are known as BAD cholesterol . Vitae Gene PPARs contains 2000 mg of Resveratrol in 100g which equals to the Resveratrol content of 160 liters of Red Wine.
R E S V E R A T R O L
(The data are from the Natural Medicine Database, PubMed, Wikipedia and 3d Chemistry)
Resveratrol (3,5,4′-trihydroxy-trans-stilbene) is a phytoalexin produced naturally by
several plants as the defense against pathogens such as bacteria or fungi.
See a 3D mobile model of the molecule at http://www.3dchem.com/molecules.asp?ID=277#
RESVERATROL IN NATURE
Resveratrol is primarily found in red wine, red grape skins, purple grape juice,
mulberries, and in smaller amounts in peanuts (1).
Other sources include eucalyptus (Eucalyptus wandoo, Eucalyptus sideroxylon), spruce (Picea excelsa), and Bauhinia racemosa
Polygonum cuspidatum (Hu Zhang), the roots of which are used in Chinese and Japanese traditional medicine and considered to be one of the richest sources of trans-resveratrol (2)
The trans-resveratrol content of wine is highly dependent on grape type, climate, and practices used to make the wine. White wines have very low trans-resveratrol concentrations. They have only about 1% to 5% the quantity found in red wines (3). Pinot Noir consistently has the highest concentrations of trans-resveratrol, regardless of climate. Wine prepared from Pinot Noir grapes average 5.13 mg resveratrol per liter (3)
Other red wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, produced in cold, humid climates, such as Bordeaux and Canada, have higher trans-resveratrol content than those produced in hot, dry climates.
In the intestine, most of the resveratrol is conjugated before absorption and is therefore found in the plasma primarily in glucuronidated and sulphated forms (4). Only a small amount of free resveratrol is absorbed directly;
When resveratrol supplements are taken orally peak plasma levels are reached in 0.5 to 1.5 hours (5). At low doses (1 mg/kg), about 25% is excreted in the urine within 24 hours (6).
The half-life of resveratrol is 2.9 to 8.9 hours.
The ORAC value of trans-resveratrol is estimated to be about 3000 per 100mg.
Trans-resveratrol has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimutagenic activity (7) Resveratrol has anti-inflammatory activity, likely due to inhibition of cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) and COX-2, hydro peroxidases, 5-lipoxygenase (8)
Resveratrol also seems to decrease the activity of inflammatory cytokines (6126). In vitro, resveratrol appears to be more selective for COX-1. It appears to inactivate COX-1, but only weakly inhibits COX-2 (15140,15148). Some evidence suggests that resveratrol is a more potent anti-inflammatory agent than NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or indomethacin (9).
In animal models, intra-articular injections of resveratrol decrease inflammation and reduce cartilage destruction (10).
In animal models of colitis, resveratrol reduces colonic damage, decreases inflammation by reducing neutrophil infiltration, cytokine levels, and inflammatory prostaglandins. Resveratrol also appears to enhance colonic cell apoptosis (11).
Resveratrol inhibits the replication of herpes simplex virus. Although the mechanism of this action is not fully known, exposure to resveratrol within one hour of cellular infection appears to be most effective in arresting viral growth. This suggests that resveratrol reduces production of proteins needed to regulate viral proliferation (12).
In vitro, resveratrol appears to inhibit Chlamydia pneumoniae (13).
Systemic dissemination of Chlamydia has been suggested as a possible cause of atherosclerosis and heart disease. Some research speculates that resveratrol’s activity against Chlamydia could wine’s cardiovascular benefits.
Resveratrol also reduces interleukin-1 (IL-1), IL-8, and granulocyte macrophage-colony
stimulating factor (GM-CSF) released from alveolar macrophages isolated from smokers (14)
This suggests that resveratrol might have a role in reducing inflammation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Cardiovascular and Ischemia.
Preliminary research suggests that chronic administration of resveratrol might improve myocardial function in models of myocardial ischemia (15).
Resveratrol significantly reduces lipid peroxidation and organ damage in animal models of ischemia-reperfusion (16).
Blood fluidity and Circulation.
Trans-resveratrol also seems to interfere with blood coagulation and decrease platelet aggregation (17).
Preliminary research in animal models suggests resveratrol might reduce the risk of cancer. It seems to inhibit tumour growth and promote apoptosis (18). The effect of resveratrol on cellular apoptosis differs depending on conditions. In some cases, it facilitates apoptosis and others it inhibits apoptosis. In vitro, low concentrations of resveratrol inhibit hydrogen peroxide-induced apoptosis of human leukaemia cells (19) Resveratrol also inhibits growth and induces apoptotic cell death of breast cancer cell lines, medulloblastoma cell lines, and colorectal cancer cells in vitro (20).
Research in animals on a high-calorie diet shows that resveratrol can increase lifespan and improve other factors associated with a longer lifespan including increasing insulin sensitivity and decreasing insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) (21)
Resveratrol might have a role in preventing Alzheimer’s disease. In vitro, resveratrol prevents beta-amyloid peptide-related reductions in glutathione. This suggests that resveratrol might prevent oxidative damage caused by beta-amyloid peptide (22).
Resveratrol also appears to decrease mortality in animal models of alcohol-related liver damage (23).
Theoretically, concomitant use of resveratrol with herbs that have anticoagulant or antiplatelet activity could increase the risk of bleeding in some people (24). These herbs include angelica, clove, danshen, feverfew, garlic, ginger, ginkgo, ginseng Panax, horse chestnut, red clover, turmeric, and others.
Resveratrol seems to have antiplatelet effects (26). Theoretically, taking resveratrol with other antiplatelet or anticoagulant drugs might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding. Some of these drugs include aspirin; clopidogrel (Plavix); nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others); dalteparin (Fragmin); enoxaparin (Lovenox); heparin; warfarin (Coumadin); and others.
Because resveratrol might have estrogenic effects (26), women with hormone sensitive conditions should avoid it.
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List of ORAC values
Below is the complete list of ORAC values for a number of food items, prepared by the
US Department of Agriculture and published in November 2007.