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November 30, 2006

BehindTheMedspeak: How long until resveratrol becomes reversatrol?


Remember you read it here first.

Resveratrol, for the Rip Van Winkle types who're just waking up today from a month-long fugue state, is the new new thing in aging research.

Reported to keep mice young, people all over the planet are now rushing to their local health food stores to buy the stuff, then ingest it in heroic quantities in an attempt to stave off Father Time and his reaper buddy.

Don't bother.

In the meantime, though, the naming industry needs to make a simple letter shift.

Move the s so it follows the second r in resveratrol and you've got a name to conjure with.

As always, no charge for this advice — because that's precisely what it's worth.

And before you get all bent out of shape about how you can't just go and change the name of something scientific to suit convenience or fashion, consider the history of MRI.

It stands for magnetic resonance imaging — everyone knows that.

But guess what?

Once upon a time, in a galaxy not all that far away, it was called NMR.

That stands for nuclear magnetic resonance.

But hoi polloi didn't do very well with the word "nuclear," even if it referred to the spin of protons rather than a mushroom cloud.

So down the memory hole went NMR in medical circles.

Sort of like how, once upon a time, knife block slots were vertical rather than horizontal.

Try to find one with upright slots today.


The past is another country.

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Right. She did do a huge segment on the extract, and talks it up. But you're right she did not endorse any product.

Important to Note: Most research on resveratrol has been conducted on animals, not people.

Research in mice given resveratrol has indicated that the antioxidant might also help protect them from obesity and diabetes, both of which are strong risk factors for heart disease. However, those findings were reported only in mice, not in people. In addition, to get the same dose of resveratrol used in the mice studies, a person would have to consume 100 to 1,000 bottles of red wine a day.

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Posted by: Jordan | Jun 25, 2009 10:32:32 AM

Oh what memories I have of NMR! I think I spent about two months fiddling with switches and plugs trying to find the “magic angle.” I think it was an experiment meant to take less than a week. I never really understood the technology but I know it has to do with spin angles and protons. I had a class with Dr. Irving Lowe, he helped discovered the whole magic angle thing. I wish I understood what that meant.

Posted by: Sam | Nov 30, 2006 8:15:06 PM

"then ingest it in heroic quantities in an attempt to stave off Father Time and his reaper buddy."

Sadly, these heroic quantities would be the stumbling block for most humans.

The literature pretty much says that in the quantities humans are ingesting them, its not going to do a lick of difference...might even give them an upset stomach. Me, I'd be willing to deal with the effects of drinking a bottle of red wine knowing that it ain't gonna keep me out of the ground any longer than if I hadn't.

Posted by: clifyt | Nov 30, 2006 3:11:29 PM

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