Very Promising Resveratrol Stent Study
A study presented at the American Heart Association conference by researchers from LSU revealed that resveratrol coated stents blocked the narrowing of blood vessels and led to less inflammation. According to the researchers, current drug coated stents "are still limited as far as pharmacologic targets. These polyphenols may lead us to explore other targets because they are hitting so many different things…that increase reendothelialization." (Note: Reendothelialization is the regrowth of endothelial tissue following damage). Also, the study revealed the both low and high doses of resveratrol were effective in promoting reendothelialization as compared to bare metal stents. The study also revealed that resveratrol promoted endothelial cell wound closure under laminar shear stress.
Commenting on the results of the study, Dr. Philippe Marambaud of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research said, "There's overwhelming evidence that this compound has very powerful properties."
Editor’s Note: the results of this study are not surprising considering the numerous past studies that have shown resveratrol and red wine improve heart function and blood vessel health.