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Free Radic Res. 1997 Dec;27(6):557-62.

Resveratrol has no effect on lipoprotein profile and does not prevent peroxidation of serum lipids in normal rats.

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  • 1Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of South Alabama, Mobile 36688, USA.


Trans-resveratrol, one of the antioxidants found in red wine, has been the subject of controversial reports regarding its protective role against cardiovascular diseases. In this study we synthesized trans-resveratrol and injected it to rats (20 and 40 mg/kg body weight, once a day for 21 days, i.p.) to determine its effect on the serum lipid profile. Synthetic trans-resveratrol was an effective antioxidant in vitro against hydroxyl radical (I50 = 33 microM). Resveratrol treatment, however, did not have any effect on either the lipid profile or on Cu+2-dependent formation of thiobarbituric-acid-reactive substances (TBARS) from protein-associated lipids. Since the amount of resveratrol used in these experiments was orders of magnitude higher than the amounts found in wine, these results suggest that if resveratrol has any effect against coronary heart diseases, it is not related to its antioxidant role on lipids or to changes in lipoprotein profile.

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