Getting Resveratrol from Nutritional Supplements

Nutritional Supplements

Perhaps you’ve heard Dr. Oz talk about resveratrol on the Oprah show and you wondered if it really lives up to its hype.

Fads come and go and you’re right to be skeptical of products that sound too good to be true.

Benefits of Resveratrol

Resveratrol helps prevent heart disease by reducing “bad” cholesterol, reducing damage to blood vessels, and preventing blood clots.

Research in mice given resveratrol has indicated that the antioxidant might also help protect them from obesity and diabetes.


How does Resveratrol provide these health benefits?

Based on research, several theories have been developed on how it works. Resveratrol works at the cellular/genetic level to promote the growth of new mitochondria.

One theory is that resveratrol stimulates a gene that decreases a free radical called superoxide. Over time, superoxide is bad news as it can cause DNA to break down. Resveratrol converts the superoxide to hydrogen peroxide. By introducing Vitamin C at the same time as resveratrol, the hydrogen peroxide is reduced to harmless water by the Vitamin C.

Sources of Resveratrol

You can find Resveratrol in many of the foods you may already eat such as:

Red wine is a source of resveratrol, but in order to gain the specific benefit provided by resveratrol, you would need to consume about a liter of red wine a day which would be so large a quantity that you would damage your liver in the process (along with some personal relationships and perhaps the back left fender of your car).

Peanuts contain approximately 50% of the resveratrol as red wine, so again the quantity you would need to consume would be enormous.

Your best bet for consuming the correct amount of resveratrol is via a supplement. Resveratrol should be combined with other nutrients (remember what we said about the importance of Vitamin C above) and protected with an enteric coating so it will eventually enter directly into the blood stream by way of the small intestine.

All Supplements Are Not Created Equal

Many products offer resveratrol, but you must be careful to select the supplement that delivers resveratrol to the right place (must enter the blood stream) with the right combination of needed nutrients. Otherwise, your purchase may simply be a waste of time to and money.

Trans-resveratrol is a form of resveratrol that is absorbed well when taken by mouth.

Tests have been conducted on people to find out what amount of trans-resveratrol actually reaches the blood stream. In these tests, when people drink red wine with or without food, or take a resveratrol supplement that has no enteric coating, the results showed that an insignificant amount of trans-resveratrol actually enter the blood stream in all the scenarios.

If an enteric coating is applied to the supplement, then a greater amount will enter the blood stream. So when selecting a supplement, the coating is very important. Resveratrol ingested in either a powder or liquid form will not provide the health benefits you seek.

Recap

Use of resveratrol enables health benefits including a stronger heart and improved metabolism We know an oral supplement to be the most effective way to ingest resveratrol as it provides the correct combination of antioxidants and nutrients delivered with a coating that delays release until it reaches the small intestine.

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