Resveratrol has been used in Asian cultures for many years for the purposes of treating heart problems, as well as disorders of the liver.

Resveratrol is the compound responsible for what is commonly referred to as the “French Paradox.” This paradox has been noted on many news documentary programs and has increased the selling value of red wine and grape juice.

It involves the strange relationship between the amount of wine commonly consumed in French culture, and the evidence of a lowered risk of heart disease among the French.

Resveratrol is commonly found in red grapes and wine, as well as pine trees and peanuts. It has been used in Asian cultures for many years for the purposes of treating heart problems, as well as disorders of the liver.

The many benefits of resveratrol include antioxidant properties, which means it is capable of ridding the body of dangerous and harmful free radicals that might eventually lead to the development of cancer.

The compund is also thought to be capable of actually killing cancer cells that have already developed. Additionally, resveratrol is beneficial in protecting the central nervous system, regulating hormones and acting as a blood thinning agent.

Further benefits of resveratrol include reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, especially when combined with Vitamin E and Vitamin C. Early studies indicate that resveratrol may also have uses in therapeutic treatment of post stroke care, as well as injury and trauma related to the spine and central nervous system.

Recent studies also indicate that resveratrol may even play a critical role in expanding the length of life spans.

Finally, it is believed that resveratrol may be crucial in preventing certain kinds of cancer, especially breast cancer, and reducing the risk of cancers spreading into bones.

Since this compound works as a blood thinning agent, individuals who are already taking anti-coagulants, should be very cautious about introducing supplemental forms of this nutrient into their daily regimen, without first speaking with their physician.

While it is always best to obtain nutrients and vitamins from natural food sources, when there are severe deficiencies, or it is not possible to obtain vitamins from dietary means, supplements can be a great way to introduce these much needed nutrients into the body.  

Precautions

There is no RDA (recommended daily allowance) set for resveratrol. A sensible dose of around 30 to 50 mgs is said to be an optimal dosage by some experts. 

Nutritional-Supplement-Guides Opinion

Resveratrol has been shown to be a very powerful substance. In a US study it has been shown to extend the life span of yeast cells by up to 80 per cent.

However, studies have not been done on humans yet. They would need to conduct tests on humans using this substance to see if these types of similar benefits apply.

Another thing to note is, because there are negative side effects of drinking alcohol that are detrimental to your health, we do not believe any of these promising studies gives one a reason to begin drinking red wine daily.

Taking resveratrol in supplement form in our opinion seems to be a much more preferable and wise choice to get the required benefits without the damaging effects of alcohol on your health.

Our Tips For Choosing A Resveratrol Supplement

1. Purchase your supplements from pharmaceutical GMP compliant manufacturers. This is especially important for consumers because supplements are now largely unregulated in the US and the UK meaning customers of health supplements only have a 1 in 5 chance of buying a supplement that actually has the ingredients contained stated on the label.

What's more worrying is the fact many of these supplements in the health industry have been found to contain harmful contaminants. We thought health supplements were designed to maintain and promote health. Unfortunately, they can actually impair your health.

2. Before you buy resveratrol of any kind, be sure  your resveratrol supplement does not contain any fillers or additives (examples include: sugar, starch, gluten, silica (sand!)) or any artificial colors or flavors.