resveratrol supplement

  1. Get wine benefits from your wine

    One of the best things about enjoying the health benefits of red wine is the wine itself.

    Being healthy has never tasted so good!

    So naturally, some researchers are trying to spoil the party -- because a new study looks at the benefits of the polyphenols in red wine... when taken without the actual wine.

    I'm happy to report that the experiment was a failure.

    Researchers gave 61 men and women with an average age of 61 one of three drinks for four weeks: A dairy beverage with a high dose of the polyphenols found in red wine... a dairy beverage with a lower dose of those same polyphenols... and a dairy beverage with no polyphenols.

    After four weeks, there was no change in blood pressure levels. The patients were all hypertensive before... and remained so afterwards with average readings of 145/86.

    But even the researchers must've expected that.

    "Previous human studies showed no effect of red wine drinking on blood pressure," researcher Ilse Botden, MD, a PhD student at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam told WebMD.

    The researchers concluded that whatever the heart benefits of red wine might be, they don't come from lowering blood pressure. Like I said, that's no surprise -- the real surprise is that they reached any conclusion at all about red wine... since no one in the study actually drank any.

    The researchers were on the right track in one regard, however: Red wine isn't actually the best source of some of its famous antioxidants. A single resveratrol supplement, for example, can contain as much of the polyphenol as an entire case of wine.

    But take it WITH your wine, not instead of it -- because studies have shown that booze itself holds some terrific benefits, no matter what kind of alcoholic beverage you drink. In fact, a moderate drinking habit can help your heart, lower your risk of stroke and may even extend your life... even if it won't lower your BP.

    And of course, booze is also great for the brain: One recent study found that moderate drinkers are 30 percent less likely to develop dementia and 40 percent less likely to suffer from Alzheimer's disease than non-drinkers.

    If you can get all that from drinking, why get it any other way?

  2. Red wine molecule helps the heart

    Forget aspirin therapy... future docs may one day tell their patients to drink two glasses of wine, and call them in the morning.

    The latest research shows that resveratrol--the antioxidant most famously found in red wine--appears to do what aspirin can't: protect the heart without damaging your stomach in the process.

    University of Connecticut researchers gave lab animals daily doses of resveratrol--the human equivalent of between 175 mg and 350 mg per day.

    Then, the researchers won themselves lifelong enemies at PETA by inducing heart attacks in the creatures to see if that preconditioning paid off. They found that animals that had been given the antioxidant had considerably less damage to the heart muscle after those attacks.

    In fact, the animals were able to survive what should have been deadly heart attacks, thanks to the resveratrol. This study is so new it hasn't even been published yet... but you don't need to wait for more research, because there's plenty of strong evidence in favor of resveratrol, especially when it comes to heart health.

    There's just one catch: You can't really find it naturally in helpful amounts, so you'll want to talk to your doctor about a supplement--the single best way to load up on this terrific antioxidant.

    Then, for a boost, make sure you're eating red grapes, peanuts and blueberries, all of which contain some resveratrol.

    And of course, there's wine.

    While red wine gets much of the press whenever reseveratrol is mentioned, the truth is a bit more complicated. With often just 1 milligram of resveratrol per glass, red wine pales in comparison to the 100mg or more found in a single supplement pill.

    But there's a reason vino-loving nations like France and Spain have low levels of heart disease.

    First, while wine contains only small amounts of resveratrol, it's packed with other antioxidants--around 60mg per glass overall. And second, repeated studies have found alcoholic beverages of all kinds--including wine-- appear to have a protective effect on the heart.

    But since drinking every day may not be practical for everyone (even if it is enjoyable), consider a supplement-- ideally one that combines resveratrol with other antioxidants and flavonoids.

    Don't worry--even if you choose to get your resveratrol from a pill, you're still free to get a little more in a glass.


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