Benefits Of Resveratrol

The benefits of resveratrol, found primarily in red wine, are still being investigated, even though thousands of laboratory studies have been completed.

Resveratrol pills are now available as a health supplement and the compound is included in a few of the better daily multi nutrient formulas. As with most natural supplements, opinions about resveratrol vary, but so far, no negative side effects have been found.

First identified in 1963 as the effective ingredient in the Asian Folk medicine called ko-jo-kon in Japanese or polygonum capsidatum in Latin, resveratrol was later found in grapevines and finally, in 1992, in red wine.

It is because of the believed benefits of resveratrol that many practitioners suggest drinking red wine (just a 4 oz. glass) with dinner. Resveratrol pills or supplements containing the compound are an option for non drinkers.

Although opinions about resveratrol benefits to human health vary, scientists know that the compound has antibiotic capabilities, protects plants from disease, fungus and viral infections. Like many plant compounds, it is an antioxidant, meaning that it protects the plants from the damaging affects of oxidative stress.

The reason that opinions about resveratrol and other antioxidants vary is that research results differ. Many researchers are not sure if plant antioxidants provide the same protection to humans that they do to the plants.

This opinion is becoming increasingly less popular, as research studies conclude again and again that those people who follow a diet rich in a variety of multi colored fruits and vegetables have less heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases.

Antioxidants are the compounds that give fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors, each performing a specific purpose in the life of the plant.

There are many antioxidants found in nature; resveratrol is but one. In order to ensure long term good health and receive the most protection from life threatening and chronic diseases, numerous antioxidants should be included in your daily supplement routine. In other words, resveratrol pills by themselves are not enough.

Many positive opinions about resveratrol have been reported in major publications. There have been positive reports in the Oxford Journal and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. These reports indicate that the benefits of resveratrol to modern medicine and human health are multi-faceted.

Besides being an antioxidant, resveratrol is an anti-mutagen and a strong anti-inflammatory. An anti-mutagen is a compound that inhibits the mutation of healthy normal cells into cancerous growths and tumors. You are probably familiar with the term anti-inflammatory. Many common over the counter pain relievers are anti-inflammatory medications, but there are many natural anti-inflammatories.

Chronic inflammation is believed to be at the root of many diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Synthetic anti-inflammatories cannot be taken on a regular basis to prevent chronic inflammation without risking other health problems. Natural anti-inflammatories, on the other hand, are found primarily in plant foods and can be consumed on a regular basis throughout a person?s life with no side effects.

Since it is one of the natural anti-inflammatories, it is believed that the benefits of resveratrol include the prevention of heart disease, cancer and other diseases associated with chronic inflammation. These are the benefits that resveratrol pills may also provide.

Other benefits of resveratrol are being studied. It may have an anti-aging effect on cells and is being studied for its effects on Alzheimer?s. Benefits of resveratrol in cancer prevention, suppression and treatment are being studied.

A recent report in the Journal of Infectious Diseases states that resveratrol decreased the reproduction of the influenza virus in cell lines and rats, in other words it may be useful in preventing or treating the flu.

Although opinions about resveratrol may vary, there is no evidence that large amounts of resveratrol are harmful in any way. Large doses showed no adverse effects in rats tested.

In conclusion, the benefits of resveratrol to all systems of the human body have been or are currently being studied. Resveratrol pills may not be a miracle drug, but since most people take a daily multi-vitamin, choosing one of the better supplements that contains this compound is most likely a wise health decision.

Mila Sabido is editor of Nutritional Supplements and Dietary Supplements Information. Visit us for more information on the The benefits of resveratrol

By: Mila Sabido