I was listening to some "health experts" on the radio the other day. When a caller said they hadn't heard them talk about resveratrol lately, they said there's a reason for that - it doesn't work. Obviously, these "experts" haven't been reading much of the literature lately. The research behind resveratrol is so strong, new researchers say it might be all we need to fight some forms of cancer.
One of the best ways to know if something works or not is to look at the research drug companies are doing. If they're trying to turn a nutrient into a drug, then you know it works. Well, that's exactly what's happening with resveratrol. However, you shouldn't wait for the drugs. The researchers in a new study from England say the natural form works just fine.
In this study, a team of scientists from the University of Leicester's Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine wanted to see if resveratrol lost its effectiveness against cancer if you take it orally. Some scientists have said that they didn't think resveratrol was effective because it quickly converts into metabolite form upon ingestion. That means it would lose its viability as a medicine.
While it's true resveratrol does break down quickly in the stomach, it doesn't stay that way. In a miracle of science, these British researchers found that the body processes resveratrol differently than the critics thought. They discovered that the body actually reconverts the molecules back into a usable form. And this reconstituted new form is actually more potent than giving the resveratrol by other means (IV or sublingual).
The team found that cellular enzymes capture the metabolites of resveratrol and regenerate them. Your body actually pulls the broken down pieces of resveratrol back together to form an even more effective and more concentrated form of resveratrol. And you can get this form only when you take resveratrol orally.
Once your body reconverts resveratrol, the new active form actually becomes a more aggressive cancer fighter. It not only can slow the cancer, but it can trigger cancer cell apoptosis. In many cases, as we've seen in letters readers have sent us and in dozens of studies that confirm it, resveratrol can eventually destroy the tumor.
While the drug companies are trying feverishly to turn resveratrol into a patentable chemical, these researchers say there's no need to do so. Professor Karen Brown, lead author of the new study, said, "There is considerable commercial interest in developing new forms of resveratrol that can resist or overcome the issue of rapid metabolism. Our results suggest such products may not actually be necessary to deliver biologically active doses of resveratrol to people." The supplemental form works just fine.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.