Shouldn’t researchers and scientists use their time more wisely and stop their extensive research on resveratrol? We all know that big pharmacy companies are hoping to make their billions off of the ingredient that is found in grapes, grape skin, peanuts, berries, dark chocolate,
tea, and Japanese Knotweed. Wouldn’t it be a better use of time to find a cure for cancer, a better way to prevent heart attacks, and diabetes? What about transferring some of the hours spent retesting laboratory mice and rats to finding cures for human diseases? Maybe they should be discovering why so many people around the world are obese and cannot keep weight off even if they lose it.
Wrong! Sure, resveratrol has been shown to have many benefits to laboratory animals like increasing their life expectancy by 31 percent to 59 percent, which is a remarkable discovery. It has also shown that animals given resveratrol have a resulting resistance to some age-related diseases, including lowered blood pressure. Obese rats that were fed resveratrol also experienced weight loss and a rise in their energy levels.
The findings of how resveratrol prolongs the lab rat’s life do not matter much at all, except that if it does that for the rat, it may very well do the same thing for humans. If researchers and scientists can undoubtedly prove that it has the same benefits for humans, then resveratrol is the answer to human’s biggest health threats in this era.
In vitro tests have shown that it stops cancer cells in its tracks, and it acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, which could mean that it prevents heart attacks and cardiovascular diseases, including high blood pressure and the dreaded stroke. It also stabilizes blood sugar levels in lab animals, so why not in humans? Obese rats showed weight loss and more energy when given resveratrol as well.
Pharmaceutical companies are well aware that their current boom in sales of resveratrol could very well change for better or worse. Already millions of people around the world take resveratrol tablets that are made from Japanese Knotweed or from grapes and grape skin. Are big pharmaceutical corporations issuing grants for animal testing rather than human testing? Are they afraid to take the gamble to see if it really does do great things for humans as well? If resveratrol is found to be useless, then they lose big bucks.
But many humans are already taking resveratrol capsules every day. They are willing to take a chance that it does provide the same benefits to humans as it does to lab animals. Many people claim that it has helped them have more energy, to lose weight, and that they are healthier because of taking it. Could their health improvements be psychologically inspired, or are they truly related to resveratrol? Why aren’t more researchers making the move to test the compound on humans rather than animals?
In China, scientists are attempting to manufacture resveratrol capsules from peanut skins, but it is already generally accepted in Chinese medicine that if a compound is beneficial to animals, then it will have similar effects on humans. There is no need to convince Chinese and other Asian scientists and doctors that herbs and compounds that are found in nature are effective medicines. In the United States the Western world, if resveratrol is shown to undoubtedly have the ability to stop cancer or prevent it, sales of resveratrol will explode into space. The mere grape or Japanese Knotweed could put an end to today’s biggest health threats.
Looking at the overall big picture, why should scientists look for a cure for only one of today’s biggest health problems like breast cancer or skin cancer? Isn’t it a bit selfish to hold back something that has the potential to help the entire human race, not just a few? Most people care only about the disease that they have or what someone they know has. Any disease seems obscure until it affects someone in your immediate family.
Even if researchers are able to prove that resveratrol prevents one or two types of cancer, surely more research on humans would be worthwhile. With so many positive results shown in lab animals, resveratrol research cannot simply be pushed aside. Researchers must pursue the chance that it will do the same things for humans as it does for animals.
Then, there is the possibility of not just helping those who have the diseases that attack humans today, but about completely eradicating them. Cancer, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity, and other illnesses could soon be as rare as smallpox or other diseases that were once rampant in the world.
Surely such a noble mission cannot take a break, and testing must be on humans. What if Dr. Jonas Salk had not found a way to prevent polio? And how many millions may have died from bacterial infections if the bacteriologist Sir Alexander Fleming had not found that mold dissolved colonies of bacterium Staphylococcus aureus? Countless other discoveries have moved the human race forward in the fight against a variety of illnesses and health issues.
Researchers are not grabbing at straws when they devote their time trying to link resveratrol to human diseases. Granted, many studies are already being conducted with human subjects to determine how resveratrol affects different aspects of their health. Already, over 4,000 published scientific studies have demonstrated that it has many benefits to humans as well as to animals and plants. The following is a list of some of the benefits that have been shown to result from resveratrol:
- The French Paradox – Those who live in the Burgundy region of the country eat a diet high in cholesterol, yet there is almost no heart disease found there. The link is that Pinot Noir is the favorite drink, and resveratrol was linked to their heart health
- Harvard Medical School found that trans-resveratrol, a pure form of resveratrol, increases the production of SIRT1 which is believed to increase human life span
- Studies in the UK point to the fact that it may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease because resveratrol is showing that it may protect the brain as well as the heart
- A University of Florida study pointed to the fact that it prevents and even reverses liver damage from alcohol abuse
Other tests are being conducted at this very moment, and each one that demonstrates a positive response is one step closer to having the solid proof that resveratrol has benefits for humans.
It will take 100 years to show that it increases the life span of someone born today, so it will not be an overnight assignment. But digging a little bit deeper, what if humans could benefit from resveratrol right now? If a pandemic spread over the earth, resveratrol may very well have the ability to stop it. After all, it has been shown that one of its natural components is phenol, a substance that is produced by plants when fungi or bacteria attack them. This may mean that resveratrol may be able to stop many different viruses or bacteria that attack humans.
Aggressive warfare using bacteria or viruses to attack another country would lose its power if most of the population took resveratrol. The possible ways that this marvelous compound could help the human race are unlimited. Who knows, maybe resveratrol will be added to city water, just like the miraculous fluoride that large cities now add to their water supplies. One hundred years ago, that would have sounded ridiculous, but people also lost their teeth by the time that they were thirty years old. Fluoride and many other health advancements have become reality. Let’s find out if resveratrol is the next big step in upgrading human health.