What Is Resveratrol?

We have heard a lot of things in the past few years that have confused us about resveratrol (mostly the pronunciation, am I right?).  Whenever a topic of research comes about the media takes it seems like the media skims the top of the topic just enough to confuse everyone.

So today I’ll try to set the record straight.  There is a group of compounds called polyphenols, of which resveratrol is a part of.  It acts as an antioxidant as well as a pro-oxidant agent.  It has only been discovered in the past few decades.

Where Does Resveratrol Come From?

Without going overboard on the list, some resveratrol foods are:

  • grapes
  • blue berries
  • peanuts
  • dark chocolate

This list actually goes on quite a bit, but one of the main sources resveratrol is found is in the skins of red wine grapes.

Resveratrol Benefits

As research goes, on the list of benefits from resveratrol is ever growing.  A few years before it was discovered people would point to red wine as the source of  the so called “French Paradox”.  Despite the high fat content of the French diet, the French statistically had lower risk for heart disease than Americans.

Current research by people such as David Sinclair has shown the following benefits associated benefits of resveratrol:

  • anti-cancer properties.
  • significantly reduced TNF‑α‑ induced inflammatory damage in cardiovascular system.
  • up regulation of thyroid function via SIRT 1 stimulation.
  • increased mitochondrial function.
  • mimics benefits of caloric restriction without cutting calories.

What is the Proper Resveratrol Dosage?

There’s not really a good answer on this.  It doesn’t exist in high quantities in nature, so if you’re trying to get you’re resveratrol benefits from red wine you’d have to drink quite a few thousand glasses to get most out of it.  But please… Don’t do that.

John Kiefer’s research seems to show that if taken in supplement form there’s not a limit. Though, if you’re trying to get resveratrol from red wine.  On the upper end, he shows some research that if you were to take a whole bottle you might have some diarrhea.  I can’t say that there are no other side effects

I suggest either asking your doctor.  If you don’t have one just follow the directions on your supplement bottle.  Personally the resveratrol that I take has a dosage of 260mg, so I might do that twice a day for 520mg.

Where to Buy Resveratrol Supplements?

Resveratrol Supplements can be purchased at most health food stores, i.e. Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, Sprouts, GNC.  It can also be found online.  Of all the places to buy resveratrol Amazon is probably the most popular online store.