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Natural protection against radiation

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In the midst of ongoing concerns about radiation exposure from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, scientists are reporting that a substance similar to resveratrol — an antioxidant found in red wine, grapes and nuts — could protect against radiation sickness. The report appears inACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters.

Michael Epperly, Kazunori Koide and colleagues explain that radiation exposure, either from accidents (like recent events in Japan) or from radiation therapy for cancer, can make people sick. High doses can even cause death. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is currently evaluating a drug for its ability to protect against radiation sickness, but it is difficult to make in large amounts, and the drug has side-effects that prevent its use for cancer patients. To overcome these disadvantages, the researchers studied whether resveratrol — a natural and healthful antioxidant found in many foods — could protect against radiation injuries.

They found that resveratrol protected cells in flasks but did not protect mice (stand-ins for humans in the laboratory) from radiation damage. However, the similar natural product called acetyl resveratrol did protect the irradiated mice. It also can be produced easily in large quantities and given orally. The authors caution that it has not yet been determined whether acetyl resveratrol is effective when orally administered.

More information: “The Use of 3,5,4’-Tri-O-acetylresveratrol as a Potential Prodrug for Resveratrol Protects Mice from gamma-Irradiation-Induced Death”ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters.

Provided by American Chemical Society

Via Natural protection against radiation

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Written by Nokgiir

May 6, 2011 at 8:57 am

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  1. Really great solution to all the problems faced by the people of japan.

    • lol don’t be foolish with sarcastic remarks. You know just as well as I do this article is just that, an article. Not a solution to the problems the people of Japan are facing. If your brain processed this post as a solution for the victims of the earthquake, then mentally there is something incorrect with the way your mind calculates. I’m sure that wasn’t the case but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was lol.

      Nokgiir

      May 6, 2011 at 10:57 am


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