[ RadSafe ] Red Wine Prevents Radiation Damage

Kai Kaletsch eic at shaw.ca
Thu Sep 25 08:54:02 CDT 2008


My brain cells don't seem to be working very well this morning and I was 
hoping someone could help me interpret the article.

It states:

"A natural antioxidant commonly found in red wine and fruit may protect 
against radiation exposure.....Tests in mice showed that resveratrol, when 
altered using a compound called acetyl, could prevent some of the damage 
caused by radiation..."

Does this mean resveratrol is found in red wine? Or, does it mean acetyl is 
found in red wine? Or both or neither? Another article 
seems to say the resveratrol comes from the wine. It does not, however, say 
that it needed to be altered by acetyl in order to achieve the protective 
effect or if it was altered for other purposes (e.g. increase shelf life, 
easier to administer to mice etc, etc,)

More practically, does drinking red wine protect against radiation damage or 
do you need to extract some compounds and combine them with other compounds 
in a lab?


Kai Kaletsch
Environmental Instruments Canada Inc.

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Subject: [ RadSafe ] Red Wine Prevents Radiation Damage

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