A new NIH study recently explained how resveratrol, an antioxidant found in red wine works, and how this research may help to someday lay the foundation for resveratrol-based medications. The safety of resveratrol and the long-term effects in the doses used in research, however are still being studied. The marketing of resveratrol, says Tufts’ Paul E. Milbury, PhD, author of Understanding the Antioxidant Controversy, is a good example of “how preliminary data about dietary antioxidant health benefits and their purported ability to save us from chronic disease, and quite possibly reverse the aging process, has gained popularity with the public before scientists can unquestionably prove their benefits to humans.”     Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter    November 2012

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