by Steven Carney on August 13, 2012

What is resveratrol? It’s a supplement with growing consumer and scientific interest, originally found in red wine and some fruits. Resveratrol is thought to underlie The French Paradox, so named because the French have less heart disease than we have in the U.S., even though they eat a lot of butter and saturated fat. They often drink red wines from Burgundy, such as Pinot Noir, a grape high in resveratrol, and it’s thought to counteract the effects of butter, cheese and other fatty foods.

Resveratol is a polyphenol and potent antioxidant. It’s used by grapes and berries to help fight bacterial, viral or fungal infections. It’s a natural plant antibiotic that helps protect its survival and its fruit!

Research into resveratrol has been a mix of lab, animal and small human studies, including trans-resveratrol, the more active form, and they appear to offer potential health benefits in multiple areas:

  • Can neutralize dangerous free radicals
  • Can help to lower inflammation
  • Can help to keep arteries healthy
  • Has anti-clotting properties
  • Can help with blood glucose and insulin resistance
  • Supports energy and stamina
  • Can help fight cancer growth
  • Can improve blood flow/brain function
  • Supports healthy aging overall

These benefits are not that hard to grasp. After all, we are talking about a healthy molecule found in plants and fruit, and it helps them survive in their environment!

I’m sure resveratrol will continue to be studied for years to come. Over time, greater understandings will emerge, ones which will hopefully lead to broader a consensus and more applications. Who knows what new areas of health and vitality will be discovered for this fascinating antioxidant?

I take a 500 mg resveratrol every day (equals about one hundred bottles of red wine). It’s an enhanced bio-available formula extracted from the polygonum cuspidatum root (a rich source of resveratrol), and passes or exceeds testing standards for potency and safety.

The formula also contains 250 mg of trans-resveratrol, considered to be the most active component of resveratrol. I notice that exercise is a bit easier and think the other benefits are great. I’ve never had any side effects and tests show little or no risk or downside at those levels. My health screening tests have been good so the resveratrol seems to be helping my overall health!

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Helpful links:—Why-Resveratrol-Might-Just-Be-the-Ultimate-Antioxidant&id=3659659

I added this study on 10/22/12 because it showed good results even with low doses:

This article and research from 12/4/12 looks promising for resveratrol and cancer so I decided to add it:

A thorough analysis from March, 2013 for how resveratrol does indeed appear to activate the SIRT1 protein:

An interesting new study from 9/2013, although in mice, might show how resveratrol (and sirt1) help keep the brain young:

Another small human study shows good results for resveratrol (although in high doses) for lipids/heart health:

Another study with good results on resveratrol and anti-aging:

A new study showing that resveratrol might help activate cartilage stem cells:

New link for resveratrol combating fluoride effects on the thyroid:

A new, 2015 study showing a range of benefits for resveratrol:

© 2012 by Steve Carney/End Sickness Now



nancy pantoni November 11, 2012 at 7:20 AM

Can you tell me the brand name of your resveratrol? sounds like a good one

Steve November 11, 2012 at 8:28 PM

I mainly use Bioforte resveratrol but I also like Resveratrol Forte.

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