The substance resveratrol is a naturally occuring polyphenol phytochemical compound found in fruits like red grapes, (it has especially high concentrations in the skin of red grapes), raspberries, and mulberries.
It’s produced, however, when the plants from which these fruits come from undergo significant environmental stress, e.g., extreme weather, insect attacks, pathogens, etc.
Many studies have been conducted on the benefits of resveratrol one of which was funded by the European Union.
The consumption of resveratrol-rich foods allow this potent antioxidant to be linked to the prevention of such diseases as atherosclerosis, various cancers — even Parkinson’s disease.
To see a YouTube film that originally aired on 60 Minutes, go to the next section.
Cancer & Resveratrol
One of inherent strengths of resveratrol is its abundance of antioxidants or anti-aging properties. What are antioxidants? Antioxidants neutralize mutagens and free radicals which contribute to aging, cancer, and other disparate diseases.
They lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) and has been shown in clinical studies to reduce platelets clumping — two key factors to preventing all coronary disease. (Here is the very interesting 60 Minutes television episode concerning the remarkable effects of resveratrol that you may find interesting.)
Research has also shown resveratrol acts as a phytoestrogen, thus mimicking the action of the hormone oestrogen.
This is significant to women as it is believed phytoestrogens help protect women against hormone-dependent cancers like breast cancer, even osteoporosis.
In a study conducted in 2000 at the Lineberger Cancer Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, resveratrol caused cancer cells to die off in an early stage of the cancer process, reported doctors. Another study confirmed this.
Another study conducted by Dr. John Pezzuto of the College of Pharmacy, UIC, showed resvertrol was an effective agent against every stage of cancer, i.e., initiation, promotion, and progression. The interest of the European Union in the health benefits of resveratol is not surprising.
As the skin of red grapes is especially dense with it, and as Europeans drink abundant amounts of red wine, it is believed this nutrient contributed to low incidence of heart disease among Europeans — especially the French who eat a very high-fat diet.
Various supplements makers have even advertised this nutrient on the Web as “The French Paradox in a bottle” due to this very reason.
Precautions & Guidelines
Experts confirm a dosage of approximately 30 to 50 milligrams for resveratol’s benefits to be had. Currently, there is no recommended daily allowance. Currently, there are no known negative aspects of this nutrient’s sensible intake. Studies, however, are ongoing. Due to its abundance in red wine, many have included red wine in their diet scheme.
In spite of any beneficial aspects, red wine as a beverage containing alcoholic poses health risks that include liver damage and physical addiction. Ideally, one should seek the benefits without the side effects of daily alcohol imbibing.
A good supplement containing resveratrol would give you the benefits without the side effects of the alcohol in the red wine.
My Opinion on Resveratrol
Resveratrol appears to be a potent compound that not only contributes to cardiovascular health, but helps in all three stages of cancer. Resveratrol rich foods have been shown many studies to lower LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) while significantly reducing cardiovascular disease.
Plus, its antioxidant properties appear in clinical studies to be the mechanism at work in minimizing the oxidation of LDLs (low density lipins).
Currently scientists are exploring additional potential health benefits of this remarkable nutrient. I believe it is a can be a formidable addition to any one’s diet if taken without alcohol.
One should add plenty of grapes and raspberries to their diet but one should also consider taking a resveratrol vitamin too.
Choosing Quality Resveratrol Supplements
We recommend taking resveratrol as a supplement, but to do so can be complicated. Here are the tips we recommend when selecting a good supplement.
1. The supplement should be produced at pharmaceutical standard GMP registered facilities. Facilities that are GMP registered comply with the most rigid standards so as to minimize the possibility of product contaminants. (These are the same standards pharmaceutical companies in the United States are required to operate under as mandated by the FDA.) Nutritional supplements are not regulated by FDA and as such fraud is rampant with many so-called supplements containing contaminants with 1 in 5 not having the ingredients as proclaimed on the label!
2. Ensure the supplement manufacturer has a Certificate of Analysis (COA) on file for review by you the customer thus confirming the potency of the herbal ingredients listed on the label.
3. Ideally, make sure the supplement does not contain any fillers or additives such as sucrose (sugar), starch, gluten, silica (sand) or any other artificial colors, dyes, or flavors.
AFter a lot of protracted research and many failures, we have come across a company headquartered in New Zealand that meets all the criteria enumerated above.
Their flagship multivitamin supplement product is an all-in-one, complete dietary supplement that not only has 32 milligrams of resveratrol, but virtually every mineral, vitamin, specialty nutrient, and herbal extracts discussed on this website.
This vitamin and herbal supplement actually has more resveratrol in it than several bottles of red wine We’ve been taking this New Zealand company’s products for over a year with wonderful results — most notably, our energy level is much higher.
I hope this Resveratrol info has been helpful to you.
Yours in health,