Resveratrol is Not the Fountain of Youth

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Red Wine Research Slammed with Fraud Charges

Sometimes we all need a little reminder that you cannot believe everything you read.  Nowhere does this ring more true than with the subject of nutrition and health.  Magazines, television commercials, radio, the classroom, your best friend, and yes, even the information you see in professional medical journals is not the be-all and end-all.

Several years ago the supplement resveratrol came out and along with it were  claims that it had anti-aging and weight loss properties.  This stuff flew off the shelves, and it is not cheap either.  It goes to show what an extremely powerful influence the media has on humans.  Kind of like when Oprah or Dr. Oz mentions a particular supplement and the stores sell out that day.  Desperate for a quick fix to their problems, people are hopeful for a pill that will miraculously change them. There will always be something new and trendy to buy with wondrous claims that sound too good to be true.  If it sounds too good be to true….you know the rest of the phrase.

The Mayo Clinic’s take on resveratrol

I do believe there are beneficial components to grapes, red wine, peanuts, blueberries, and other food sources of resveratrol.  Most plants have some sort of phytochemical that helps keep us healthy.  Many haven’t even been discovered yet.  Everyone’s heard of beta-carotene.  But did you know that there are many other carotenoids in foods found along with beta carotene, and we are far, far away from understanding how they all function?   Compounds have been identified in all types of fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, seeds, and whole grains (eat a variety!)  But when that compound is isolated from the food itself and processed into a supplement, things change.  You’ve heard the saying about the whole being greater than the sum of it’s parts.  That applies to food too.  Nutrients work together the way they are found together in nature.  You can’t take a piece out and expect your body to metabolize it without the other pieces; it doesn’t get absorbed the same way.  Nature should not be messed with- but it’s happened with the alteration of fats into trans fats, the processing of brown rice into white rice, the milling of wheat into white flour, and the refining of beets and sugarcane into white sugar granules.  We all know of the nightmares that all too often result from eating foods not in their whole state.

Resveratrol supplements have not been shown to be hazardous to your health, as have the above mentioned examples of non-whole foods.  But doesn’t it make sense to get your resveratrol from natural sources rather than isolated in a pill?

Have you supplemented with resveratrol?  What were you hoping to achieve?  Did you notice any effects?

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One Response to Resveratrol is Not the Fountain of Youth

  1. I saw that study and I’m glad someone commented on it. I think the Resveratrol supplements are the same as any other supplement, there just simply isn’t enough data to know how it’s metabolized and if it does any good. Too bad it’s so expensive too!

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