from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A natural compound found in grapes, mulberries, peanuts, and other plants or food products, especially red wine, that may protect against cancer and cardiovascular disease by acting as an antioxidant, antimutagen, and anti-inflammatory.

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  • n. A phenolic substance, 3,5,4'-trihydroxystilbene, that occurs in some fruits, nuts and in red wine, that has antioxidant and other beneficial properties.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

res(orcinol) + New Latin Vērātrum, hellebore genus; see veratrine + -ol1.


  • But researchers have had mixed success in recreating the original experiments showing both that sirtuins can extend life, and that they can be "activated" by a substance called resveratrol, which is currently found in anti-aging creams and under investigation for ailments associated with old age.

  • The antioxidant chemicals in alcohol could protect the brain, and wine drinkers may benefit from an additional healthy brain compound found in grapes called resveratrol, which increases life span in animals similar to caloric restriction.

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  • Similarly, a compound called resveratrol, found in red wine, also might switch on the gene, and tap the brakes on aging, at least in animals.

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  • On December 2, pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline quietly halted a clinical trial of SRT501, a concentrated form of resveratrol, which is the much-hyped substance found in red wine grapes.

    Arlene Weintraub: Drug Trial Raises Doubts About Resveratrol's Anti-Aging Powers

  • One theory is that that red wine can protect against heart disease by boosting, to a small extent, “good” HDL cholesterol, plus possibly offering an anticlotting benefit, perhaps from the substance known as resveratrol.

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  • I mentioned earlier that red wine contains a heart-protective compound called resveratrol, which does everything but fly to the moon.

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  • In January, a story on CBS '60 Minutes called resveratrol "the fountain of youth in a glass of wine".

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  • David Sinclair and his group at Harvard found that the red pigment in grapes called resveratrol could extend life in rats by protecting their mitochondria.

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  • D.-a senior research scientist-showed in a research that red wine contains a compound called resveratrol, may help discourage Alzheimer disease.

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  • Sinclair and colleagues reported last week in Nature that a chemical called resveratrol can lengthen the life of a Saccharomyces yeast cell by 80 percent -- and it might do similar wonders for human cells.

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  • A new insight into the reason for aging has been gained by scientists trying to understand how resveratrol, a minor ingredient of red wine, improves the health and lifespan of laboratory mice. They believe that the integrity of chromosomes is compromised as people age, and that resveratrol works by activating a protein known as sirtuin that restores the chromosomes to health.

    Scientists Find Clues to Aging in a Red Wine Ingredient’s Role in Activating a Protein (Nicholas Wade)

    November 28, 2008

  • A phytoalexin produced naturally by several plants when under attack by pathogens such as bacteria or fungi. Resveratrol has also been produced by chemical synthesis, and is sold as a nutritional supplement derived primarily from Japanese knotweed. A number of beneficial health effects, such as anti-cancer, antiviral, neuroprotective, anti-aging, and anti-inflammatory effects have been reported. (Wikipedia)

    May 22, 2008