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Resveratrol Is Still Actively Beneficial Even After It Has Been Metabolized

October 2, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
British researchers have found that resveratrol, a beneficial compound found in the skin of red grapes, is not neutralized once the body has converted it into other compounds. The chemical  has been shown to have several health benefits, such as fighting cancer, protecting the heart and circulatory system, lowering cholesterol, and protecting against deadly blood clots. But because it is metabolized very quickly, scientists had thought that levels dropped too quickly to make it usable in clinical trials. The new research shows that it can still be absorbed by cells after it has been metabolized into resveratrol sulfates.
Ketan R. Pate et al., "Sulfate Metabolites Provide an Intracellular Pool for Resveratrol Generation and Induce Autophagy with Senescence", Science Translational Medicine, October 02, 2013, © AAAS
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