Resveratrol May Prevent Blindness According To New Study

by Dan-N on July 19, 2010

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We all know about the mythical “beer goggles” – where you drink too much and suddenly all types of people start to look attractive.  Well, beer may not give you super vision, but drinking a lot of wine could do the trick!

New Study Shows Resveratrol May Help Prevent Vision Loss

A new study done at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis says that resveratrol – a compound found in muscadine grapes, red grapes and resveratrol supplements – may prove useful in preventing the vision loss associated with diabetes and old age.

The study, which was conducted on mice, found that resveratrol may help prevent out of control blood vessel growth in the eye.  The extra blood vessel growth is angiogenesis, and if you can keep angiogenesis in check you can keep some of the most serious vision disorders in check.

What Causes Blindness and Vision Loss

Macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in people over 50, is caused by out of control blood vessel growth.  The ability for resveratrol to stop this blood vessel growth could have major implications.  In addition, the study shows that resveratrol may also help with diabetic retinopathy, a disease that causes vision loss in about 20 percent of people with diabetes, and retinopathy of prematurity, a condition that strikes some premature babies.

“This could potentially be a preventive therapy in high-risk patients,” said Rajendra S. Apte, MD, PhD – researcher for the study.  Dr. Apte also cautions there is much more work to be done and this study was done with mice, not humans, but it is a promising start.

Read the Full Study on Resveratrol and Vision Loss

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