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Resveratrol


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About resveratrol  - Before you go tell your friends "I drink red wine to reduce my chance of getting heart disease", you should know that to get that amount from wine, you'll be drinking hundreds of glasses of wine every day. Not a good idea at all.

If you currently drink moderately (1 glass a day, perhaps), we can't deny that there's got to be some benefit somewhere. After all, the French people are benefiting from a lower incidence of heart disease!

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Evidence of Benefits (Leaf Rating System)

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Suggested Uses and Health Benefits

  • anti-bacterial effects
  • anti-cancer benefits
  • anti-fungal effects
  • anti-inflammatory benefits
  • anti-oxidant benefits
  • anti-viral effects
  • atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • cancer prevention and treatment
  • heart disease prevention and treatment
  • high cholesterol

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Facts and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is it?

This naturally occurring chemical is an anti-oxidant found in nature and foods.

What other names is it known by?

It may be referred to red wine extract or wine pill.

What are some food sources of resveratrol?

This natural antioxidant is found in plants including peanuts, grapes and red wine. White wine has less resveratrol than red wine (due to the way white wine is made). The best source of getting the amount you would like is from a pill.

How much resveratrol is found in wine?

A typical glass (240 mL) of red wine contains around 640 mcg (microgram) or 0.6 mg (milligrams).

I've heard that drinking red wine daily is good for heart health?

The French Paradox: In France, a country where people drink more red wine than other countries, heart disease is lower. This fact has lead to the belief that red wine consumption was the reason.

Indeed, several population studies show that a glass of red wine daily seems to give protection against heart related diseases.

Animal studies showed that this anti-oxidant "thins" the blood out a little (much like what Aspirin does) and keeps the blood vessels healthy.

Unfortunately, there are no studies done in humans as of yet to prove the heart health benefits of this taking this supplement. (All evidence comes from population studies only.)

What about resveratrol curing cancer?

Firstly, lab and animal studies do show that this supplement can prevent certain types of cancer. However, the dose used is incredibly high. Studies used around 500 mg of this supplement.

A glass of wine contains about 0.64 mg (640 mcg). You'd have to drink about 900 glasses of wine to get that amount from wine (!!)

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Side Effects, Toxicity and Warnings

There are no reported side effects of taking this supplement in the doses found in food, red wine or in natural supplements. It is a safe supplement to take.

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Dosage & How to Take It

Unfortunately, there is no typical dose used and it is not known what is a "good" dose to use in humans. Animal studies used ridiculously high doses (over 1,000 times higher than in humans when adjusted for body weight of the rat).

Typical supplement you can buy contain anywhere from 200 to 600 mg per pill. Some supplements also combine resveratrol with grape seed extract (which also has antioxidant benefits).


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Updated: February 20, 2010

 

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