One of the most promising supplements to add to any health conscious person’s daily intake is one found in grapes, berries and other fruits. Resveratrol has been a healthy supplement taken by people for thousands of years – without their even knowing it. High doses of resveratrol have been present in red wine for ages and are probably the main reason why cardiologists and other doctors have recently begun giving patients the OK to consume a glass or two a day. If wine is not your thing, you can still reap the benefits of this natural wonder by taking supplement pills available at any health store.
Resveratrol is an anti-oxidant found in fruit that allows the fruit to stay fresh even after it is plucked from the vine or tree. It basically makes the fruit age more slowly, which is what it also helps the body do when it is consumed. In the body, resveratrol acts to keep cells younger and healthier. It won’t completely stop cells from aging but it will slow the natural process down.
Besides its anti-aging properties, resveratrol is also good for the heart. Studies have shown it to lower blood pressure and act as an anti-coagulant to fight dangerous blood clots which can cause strokes and heart attacks. Resveratrol keeps the heart and circulatory system younger and healthier. Other health benefits from resveratrol include, fighting cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and arthritis.
Resevratrol is not without some inherent risks, however. It should not be taken in conjunction with other anti-coagulator medications without first consulting a physician. Also, it should not be taken by women who are pregnant or nursing because besides being an anti-oxidant it is also a phytoestrogen. Likewise, women on contreceptives should avoid taking resveratrol as it may weaken the effects of birth control. High doses of resveratrol have also been found to cause joint pain.
Resveratrol supplements are mostly derived from the knotweed plant of Japan. If you are considering taking resveratrol supplements, be sure to take a regular mild dose of 300 mgs to 500 mgs. Also, be sure to read the label of the supplement to find out if there are any other additives to the pills or powder that have side effects of their own.