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Resveratrol Usage

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Therapeutic Uses

Very preliminary evidence, such as the results of test tube studies , suggests that resveratrol may help prevent heart disease , 1 2 3 and cancer . 4 5 6 7 8 However, not all studies have been favorable. 9 Furthermore, there is some evidence that resveratrol is immediately broken down by the human liver, and thereby does not, in fact, enter the blood stream at any significant level. 10 In any case, only double-blind studies can prove a treatment effective, and none have been reported with resveratrol. (For information on why such studies are essential, see Why Does This Database Rely on Double-Blind Studies? )


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