Red wine chemical 'can help treat heart disease'

3 February 2012

People with heart problems have been told that a chemical found in red wine could help them to improve their health.

A team of US researchers have detailed in a new study that resveratrol can boost the energy which is found in the cells of a human body.

The group's research, which has been published in the journal Cell, details that the chemical could therefore help to treat heart disease, as well as dementia and diabetes.

According to the study, resveratrol works by tricking human cells that they are deprived of energy, thus leading to such cells releasing more energy-producing proteins.

Cambridge University's Dr Andrew Murray, who was not involved in the research, commented: "This study is important because the effects of resveratrol on the cell were identified, so that more potent drugs could be developed to mimic its effects."

University of Exeter Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry researchers recently conducted a study which notes that people can be at an increased risk of dying from heart disease if they experience a difference in blood pressure between their left and right arms.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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