Resveratrol

You may have heard that Resveratrol is an excellent antioxidant supplement. This polyphenol compound is found in the skin of red grapes and blueberries. It’s also found in pistachios and cranberries. And while some of the plants that are heavy in these polyphenols are known to be excellent antioxidants, the science connecting the extracted resveratrol and improved health has not always been recognized in human subjects. In fact, most herbalists suggest this supplement only when patients are not able to ingest the foods naturally containing it.

This doesn’t mean that resveratrol should not be considered at all. But, like Heidi Godman, Executive Editor of Harvard Health Letter has suggested, the dosages required for different health outcomes require a bit of experimenting to see any results, if any. The positive studies done on resveratrol have often been done on lab mice. And in those studies, it has been shown to prevent skin cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and other age-related diseases….in mice.

For humans, there are fewer studies on resveratrol. Those done on humans have shown positive effects for older patients with COPD, neurological degenerative issues, insulin sensitivity and oxidative stress. This means that resveratrol may be a good supplement to add for older patients. Luckily, there are very little side effects known for large doses of this supplement, as long as it is not combined with any prescription blood thinners or NSAIDS like aspirin or ibuprofen.

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