Commendary on Resveratrol and Hormesis: Resveratrol – a hormetic marvel in waiting?

Francine Z Marques, Brian J Morris

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Hormesis is a phenomenon in which adaptive responses to low doses of otherwise harmful factors (also called mild stressors) make cells and organisms more robust. In their review, Calabrese et al. provide evidence for resveratrol acting hormetically in different types of human cell lines. The effects of resveratrol represent a “two-edged sword” in that it has contrasting effects at low and high doses in healthy and cancerogenous cells. What demarkates a low and a high dose needs to be clarified. Concentrations tested in cell cultures, moreover, may not be relevant to whole organisms. And data from animal models need not apply to humans. Co-morbidities should also be considered. More research is needed to understand the action of resveratrol on all cell types and conditions, and the optimum therapeutic concentration that applies to each of these. Future research needs to determine the dynamics of the effects of resveratrol in different subcellular compartments and the interactions of these. In addition, the interactions between resveratrol, environmental factors, other compounds and medications, diseases and the genetic background of the
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Specialist publicationBELLE Newsletter
PublisherNortheast Regional Environmental Public Health Center
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • hormesis
  • resveratrol
  • doses
  • co-morbidities
  • interaction

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