More research shows that Resveratrol protects the pancreas

March 06, 2006

Resveratrol has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. A chemical was used to cause pancreatitis in rats. A second group of rats was first given Resveratrol before receiving the chemical. Resveratrol had strong protective ability for the pancreas and improved the condition of the pancreas significantly helping maintain more normal lab values. Damage to pancreatic cells under microscopic evaluation was reduced and greatly reduced inflammation in the pancreas (lower levels of NF-kappaB were noted). Liver glutathione and catalase protective-antioxidant enzymes were maintained by the Resveratrol. The study is published in the February 22nd, 2006 issue of the European Journal of Pharmacology.

Resveratrol prevents damage to the kidneys and lungs caused by blood poisoning (sepsis)

Infection of the blood was induced in rats (sepsis). Blood infections can lead to multiple-organ failure. The blood infection caused a significant increase in inflammation of the lungs and kidneys, with a build up of fibrous scar tissue in these organs (this decreases their ability to work). In studying the lungs and kidneys under a microscope it was found that there was severe destruction to the structure of the lungs and kidneys. A group of the rats were treated with Resveratrol after the induction of sepsis and again 16 hours later. The Resveratrol reversed elevations of inflammatory factors and laboratory parameters and prevented damage to the lungs and the kidneys as evidenced by microscopic evaluation. The study is published in the February 17th, 2006 issue of The Journal of Surgical Research.