One of the newer nutrients showing up in alternative medical literature is resveratrol (rez-ver-a-trol). Research points to numerous beneficial effects from this substance including anti-cancer, memory enhancement and anti-aging properties.
Even if you haven’t yet heard about this specific substance, you may have heard about the benefits of drinking red wine. As it turns out, the component of red wine given most credit for this benefit is resveratrol. Resveratrol is also found in grapes (in the skin), peanuts and some berries (blueberries, bilberries and cranberries).
But before you run out and celebrate by sucking down a case of wine, you should know that you can’t get the ideal dose of resveratrol with any amount of wine drinking. In fact, you’d have to drink at least 60 glasses of wine a day to get a therapeutic dose.
We’ll talk about the ideal way to take resveratrol as well as the optimal dose in a moment. But before that, look at some of the promising research discoveries made recently:
- Cancer – in laboratory studies, resveratrol demonstrates promising therapeutic activities against a wide variety of cancers, including breast and prostate cancer.
- Memory- resveratrol’s potent anti-oxidant activity provides protection for brain cells against the kind of oxidative damage that leads to Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders.
- Aging – in other lab studies, mice and other organisms fed resveratrol increased their lifespan between 30% and 70%. That translates to an extra 20-40 years in a human lifespan.
- Colds & Flu – flu viruses are stopped cold by resveratrol in cell cultures and in animals. The best results occurred when taking it 3 hours after exposure to the virus.
- Vision – resveratrol appears to protect the retina, and may be useful in delaying or reversing macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.
- Inflammation – As you know from the last issue of Balance Point, inflammation is a more likely culprit in many diseases than previously thought. This includes heart disease and arthritis. Resveratrol demonstrates unique and potent non-steroidal anti-inflammatory effects in the body.
- Endurance – one researcher, Dr. Auwerx at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology in France, said after a series of recent studies, “Resveratrol makes you look like a trained athlete without the training.”
- Type II Diabetes – resveratrol helps the body convert sugar into energy rather than fat. Because one of the causes of adult-onset diabetes is excess fat, resveratrol may help prevent this.
Most of the studies so far are not on human subjects, so more information will be coming over time. However if even part of the promise of resveratrol is realized in human beings, it may qualify as one of the truly miracle nutrients of all time. And, at least at this point, there are no known side effects or contraindications for taking resveratrol.
The most common source for supplemental resveratrol is the Chinese medicinal herb, Polygonum cuspidatum.
How to Take Resveratrol
In smaller doses, the body metabolizes resveratrol very rapidly. This prevents the full beneficial effects in the body. To counteract this, you can take a larger dose once a day rather than smaller doses spread out.
Because of the way it’s metabolized, you get maximum benefit by taking 200 mg once a day. You can take it with your regular vitamins or by itself, whichever is most convenient. Increasingly you will find sources of resveratrol in 100 mg capsules, making this higher dose easy to take.
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