Friday, June 13, 2014

Resveratrol Supplements May Harm Fetus, Primate Study Suggests

A glass of wine and pills of resveratrol.  

Red wine contains the compound resveratrol, which is also available as a supplement. 
 
Taking the popular supplement resveratrol during pregnancy may cause abnormalities in the fetus, according to a new study done in primates called Japanese macaques.

Although the study was conducted on animals, the researchers recommend that pregnant women should refrain from taking supplements of resveratrol, a compound that can also be found in red wine, and is touted to have anti-aging and heart-health benefits.

"Our results would suggest, and I would recommend, that women planning on getting pregnant or who are pregnant should not take these resveratrol supplements," study author Dr. Antonio Frias, director of the diabetes and pregnancy program at Oregon Health & Science University Center for Women’s Health and a scientist at OHSU's Oregon National Primate Research Center, told Live Science.

For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/46261-resveratrol-supplements-harm-fetus-primate.html

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