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'Wonder Pill' Combats Heart Disease and Cancer

Updated on July 13, 2011
Biotivia claims its 'wonder pill', which includes resveratrol, a substance found in red wine, can prevent heart disease and cancer.
Biotivia claims its 'wonder pill', which includes resveratrol, a substance found in red wine, can prevent heart disease and cancer. | Source

Resveratrol Supplement

A low cost supplement 'wonder pill' that can ward off heart disease, cancer and diabetes according to its manufacturer Biotivia is to go on sale in the UK.

Biotivia, a well known supplement producer, claim the resveratrol supplement in its 'wonder pill'  is derived from an anti­oxidant found in certain plants such as grapes and grape skins and which is naturally present in red wine can prevent heart disease and cancer. Resveratrol is also found in raspberries, mulberries, blueberries, cranberries and peanuts.

·        Makers Biotivia claim the 'wonder pill' is as beneficial as exercise.

Medical and Other Benefits

Biotivia claims the 'wonder pill' can help prevent cancer by triggering the death of malignant cells. They say it can help protect people on a high-fat, high-calorie diet. Those overweight would be less likely to suffer from related health risks.

They claim the 'wonder pill', which includes substances found in red wine, can also protect against Alzheimer’s and delay the ageing process plus help those trying to reduced their weight, those on a diet and those tackling obesity related health problems.

·        If you’re a red wine lover, you might argue that there is more enjoyment in popping open a bottle of the real wine (providing your not driving).

Studies indicate that resveratrol might work by preventing the build up of fatty deposits in the arteries caused by high cholesterol.

In 2009 research showed resveratrol had the ability to help people to think clearer. Northumbria University researchers found adults given the supplement performed better in mental arithmetic tests.

·        Other claims made by Biotivia are that it enables the body to function on less sleep and may improve stamina.

What sets Resveratrol apart from other antioxidants, is the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier. In doing this it can help protect your brain and nervous system, as well as protect your cells from free radical damage.

Resveratrol Supplement Availability

The 'wonder pill' will be available from Nutri Centre health stores in the UK. On Biotivia’s website it costs just over £30 for a month’s supply - that's equates to about £1 a day and is probably cheaper than buying a bottle of red wine plus, if you’re a driver, it's safer.

It is already one of the most popular supplements in the U.S. but until now has not been available in Britain except via internet orders.

Contra Indications

Some experts warn that the benefits of resveratrol are unproven in humans and that it should not be used as a replacement for regular exercise and a healthy diet. No different to most health products in that respect.

However, although some positive results have been found in animal studies using doses of 2000mg per day, there has been no published research to show it works in humans at 50mg per day.

·        Mice which were fed the pill didn’t gain weight despite eating fatty foods.

Some warn it can cause unpleasant side effects such as insomnia, joint pain, diarrhoea and acne. Whilst other studies have shown it can help reduce arterial inflammation and reduce blood clotting.

History of Resveratrol

Scientists stumbled on the drug some 20 years ago while investigating why France has low rates of heart disease. Some suggested that drinking relatively high quantities of red wine protected the French from fatty deposit build-up.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants benefits have been known for some time now - in addition to helping fight dangerous free radicals and reducing the risk of cancer, supplements containing antioxidants can also be used to complement Resveratrol for an extra boost to your immune system.

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