Natural grape compound resveratrol treats deadly neurodegenerative disease

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation... Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
GMO crops totally banned in Russia... powerful nation blocks Monsanto's agricultural imperialism and mass poisoning of the population
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Holistic cancer treatment pioneer Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez dies suddenly; patients mourn the loss of a compassionate, innovative doctor who helped thousands heal from cancer
Pepsi drops aspartame from diet soda as consumers reject toxic sweetener
Bride of Frankenfood: Hillary Clinton pushes GMO agenda... hires Monsanto lobbyist... takes huge dollars from Monsanto
STATINS RED ALERT: Widely prescribed drugs act as cellular poisons that accelerate aging... deactivate DNA repair... promote diabetes, muscle fatigue and memory loss
Wild eyes and bowl cuts: Why do mass shooters always share the same hair styles and crazed zombie stares?
Mind control through emotional domination: How we're all being manipulated by the "crisis of the NOW"
(NaturalNews) The antioxidant resveratrol, a natural compound in grape skins, may provide the first known cure for a deadly neurodegenerative disease known as adult-onset neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (ANCL), according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Liverpool and published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics.

"ANCL is fortunately rare but it is currently untreatable," lead researcher Alan Morgan said. "This research allows us to quickly test compounds which could be used for treatment. Of the first batch of compounds we used in testing our model, one has already shown encouraging effects."

The study was funded by Age UK, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Wellcome Trust.

First known treatment

ANCL affects about one out of every 100,000 people in Europe and North America, typically striking adults in their 30s and leading to death by the mid-40s. Although researchers have been unable to find any treatment for the disease until now, previous studies have connected it with mutations on a gene known as DNAJC5.

The breakthrough that allowed the new findings was the discovery that nematode worms can be induced to develop ANCL by causing mutations on the gene dnj-14, which plays a similar role to DNAJC5 in humans. And because the nematodes have a lifespan of only a few weeks, they develop symptoms of the disease within days. This drastically reduces the time frame needed to study potential ANCL treatments.

"As we face an increasingly ageing population, having treatments for these conditions becomes ever more critical," Morgan said. "Studying how these diseases work in a simple organism which is easy and cheap to breed, can speed up the process of developing effective drugs."

Using this model, researchers tested a wide variety of chemicals on nematodes with ANCL. One of these -- resveratrol -- successfully treated the disease. In addition, it did so without needing to act through an enzyme known as SIR-2.1, as many other potential treatments have had to do.

Encouraged by the results, the researchers are planning to test more chemicals' potential as ANCL treatments, and also to see whether nematodes can be used to test potential treatments for other neurodegenerative diseases.

A miracle antioxidant

The findings are only the latest to suggest that resveratrol could play a major role in maintaining and restoring human health. For several decades, scientists have been investigating this remarkable antioxidant, and many have suggested that it may be behind numerous health benefits of red wine.

As an antioxidant, resveratrol removes free radicals from the blood, which have been linked to chronic diseases, inflammation and the effects of aging. Yet, even more than other antioxidants, resveratrol has shown remarkable potential in various scientific studies.

Researchers have shown that resveratrol is able to extend the lifespans of simple organisms (such as yeast and worms), and even more complex animals such as fish. For example, one 2003 study showed that resveratrol supplementation increased the lifespan of short-lived fish by more than 50 percent. The resveratrol-treated fish also showed better swimming and learning ability into old age than the untreated fish.

Another study found that resveratrol may have potential in helping prevent type 2 diabetes. Researchers from August Cieszkowski University of Agriculture found that it reduced blood insulin levels in rats, without any damaging effects on their blood sugar levels. Another rat experiment found that resveratrol improved recovery and reduced damage from stroke.

Studies have also shown that resveratrol protects plants from infection, increases the effectiveness of some anti-HIV drugs, improves endurance and counteracts the effects of a high-fat diet in mice, and may protect against cancer.

Sources for this article include:

Follow real-time breaking news headlines on
Resveratrol at
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source:

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.