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HMP: Resveratrol

HMP stands for Hank's Mystery Page.

This is the place where I select some thing, some event, some idea that I believe has changed my life in a fairly substantial way. Or perhaps I should say -- that I think has the ability to change my way of thinking, being, eating, or doing in a substantial way.

I will keep the current HMP to one item and then refer to an archival page for past HMP winners.

Believe me, they are all worth a visit.


Over the last few weeks, months, yes even years (we started in October of 2005) of shooting the never ending Spider-Man 3 a whole bunch of articles started pouring out in the NYT about research that had been released over a new drug called Resveratrol.
Not only did we have a lot of time on our hands to read, discuss, mull over and celebrate these findings because luckily enough for us we are all big red wine partakers and the news just could not have been better.

The first report in the NYT stated:
Researchers at the Harvard Medical School and the National Institute on Aging report that a natural substance found in red wine, known as Resveratrol could offset the unhealthy, high-calorie diet thought to underlie the rising toll of obesity in the United States and elsewhere, if people respond to the drug as mice do.
Resveratrol is found in the skin of grapes and in red wine and is conjectured to be a partial explanation for the French paradox, the puzzling fact that people in France enjoy a high-fat diet yet suffer less heart disease than Americans.
The researchers fed one group of mice a diet in which 60 percent of calories came from fat. The diet started when the mice, all males, were a year old, which is middle-aged in mouse terms. As expected, the mice soon developed signs of impending diabetes, with grossly enlarged livers, and started to die much sooner than mice fed a standard diet.

The November 17th NYT article on the topic of endurance states:
A drug already shown to reverse the effects of obesity in mice and make them live longer has now been shown to increase their endurance as well.
Experts say the finding may open up a new field of research on similar drugs that may be relevant to the prevention of diabetes and other diseases.
An ordinary laboratory mouse will run one kilometer on a treadmill before collapsing from exhaustion. But mice given Reversatrol, a minor component of red wine and other foods, run twice as far. They also have energy-charged muscles and a reduced heart rate, just as trained athletes do.
''Resveratrol makes you look like a trained athlete without the training,'' Dr. Auwerx (pronounced OH-wer-ix) said in an interview.
Dr. Sinclair has had a physician check his metabolism, because many resveratrol preparations contain possibly hazardous impurities, but so far no ill effects have come to light. His wife, his parents, and ''half my lab'' are also taking resveratrol, he said.

In a nutshell:
Extended life 30% on average
Increases stamina 100%
Makes you thinner and leaner

Draw your own conclusions, but just in case you want to buy some, it is already on the market. Oh yeah, and both reports talk about that fact that after a few years of research, everyone in the lab started taking reversatrol themselves. A clear sign that someone has confidence in the findings.









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