Is the use of resveratrol in the treatment and prevention of obesity premature?

Show simple item record Van der Spuy, Wendy Jeannette Pretorius, Etheresia 2010-03-04T06:32:13Z 2010-03-04T06:32:13Z 2009
dc.description.abstract Obesity is a multi-faceted disease, predisposing sufferers to numerous co-morbidities such as epithelial dysfunction and insulin resistance which ultimately result in CVD. Visceral adipose tissue in particular is associated with inflammation due to the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines by adipocytes. Inflammation seems to be rather central in causing damage to endothelial cells as well as exerting negative effects on glucose metabolism, ultimately leading to insulin resistance. Resveratrol is a naturally occurring phenolic substance which has been found to display anti-inflammatory, vasoprotective and insulin-sensitising effects, among others. The popularity of resveratrol use is escalating in the treatment of various ailments including obesity in adults. The use of the substance in childhood obesity is, however, a worrying factor, as no studies have as yet been performed on adolescent animals and there is evidence of kidney toxicity of resveratrol and its metabolites at intake levels below those currently approved as safe. Another cause for concern is the uncertainty surrounding long-term, low-dose administration of the substance in humans. The supplement should thus not be recommended for use in the prevention and treatment of obesity until conclusive research is established on the safety of long-term usage of resveratrol in both children and adults. en
dc.identifier.citation Van der Spuy, WJ & Pretorius, E 2009, 'Is the use of resveratrol in the treatment and prevention of obesity premature?', Nutrition Research Reviews, vol. 22, pp. 111-117. [] en
dc.identifier.issn 0954-4224
dc.identifier.other 10.1017/S0954422409990084
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en
dc.rights Cambridge University Press en
dc.subject.lcsh Obesity -- Treatment en
dc.subject.lcsh Obesity -- Prevention en
dc.subject.lcsh Resveratrol en
dc.subject.lcsh Cardiovascular system -- Diseases -- Treatment en
dc.subject.lcsh Inflammation en
dc.title Is the use of resveratrol in the treatment and prevention of obesity premature? en
dc.type Article en

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