Researchers recently found out that inhaled resveratrol is good for the lungs. In a study, it proved that resveratrol slows down aging and other risk of getting lung related diseases.
A study published in "Thorax" has demonstrated how resveratrol can slow the process of changes in lungs. It also prevents degenerative changes in mouse lung. Lung aging is the enlargement of air space in an individual's lungs that decreases its function. It is a very important factor for constant human lung diseases, reported Science Daily.
"We believe that ours is the first study to demonstrate a beneficial effect of lung-directed resveratrol treatments on aging lung function," said Barbara Driscoll, PhD, of The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Usually, Resveratrol (RSL) is a chemical found in red wine. It is an antimicrobial chemical substance made from plants to protect themselves from stress-related changes. If eaten orally, it will support muscle metabolism. Scientists have thought to inhale RSL prophylaxis to solve lung aging and other lung related diseases. The scientists preserved the alveolar epithelial type 2 cells (AEC2) and made surfactant for good breathing.
Breathing is a natural process and through it, an individual's lungs are aging. According to EurekAlert, life as we know it lessens as this unstoppable phenomenon can be cause by other factors like environment or genes. There are many other lungs sicknesses like development of COPD, with accompanying emphysema and chronic bronchitis that resveratrol can heal.
Scientists tried their experiment with a mouse's lungs. They made the mouse's lungs receive RSL or vehicle by intratracheal (IT) for three month. After a month, they assessed the lung function and injury-related gene expression in AEC2.
Inhaled prophylactic resveratrol treatments definitely worked. It slowed down the rate of lung function, alveolar enlargement and alveolar epithelial type 2 cell DNA damage, the research found out.
Babies who did not damage their lungs by themselves deserve to have a better lung condition. The goal of the research was to protect the lungs even before it becomes damaged, said Driscoll.