Benefits of Resveratrol
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can have a dramatic impact on your health! Because it addresses so many health issues its use as a natural health supplement has increased dramatically in recent years.
Health Benefits of Resveratrol
- Inhibits the proliferation of several viruses, including herpes, simplex, varicella-zoster and influenza A
- A strong antioxidant
- Restores endothelial (blood vessel) function in type 2 diabetes
What is Resveratrol?
Resveratrol is a natural compound found in several species of plants, most notably in grapes. It is called a polyphenolic flavonoid. Plants produce this chemical compound as an antibiotic to fight invasions of both bacteria and fungi.
Other plants that contain resveratrol are raspberries, mulberries, blueberries and cranberries. Resveratrol can also be found in peanuts and in Japanese knotweed.
Resveratrol Side Effects
Most individuals will not have any negative reactions to this natural chemical compund. However, a resveratrol dosage of (500 - 1,000 mg) or a poor quality resveratrol supplement can cause the following reactions:
- Tendonitis or tendon pain, usually in the Achilles tendon
- Joint ache in the hands, feet and hips
- Diarrhea and stomach pain
- Colored urine
- Increase in acne
- Abnormal blood tests
- Anxiety or a "jittery feeling"
- Tingling or numbness in the arms, hands, legs and feet
All these side effects will go away if the use of resveratrol is discontinued or if it is taken in the recommended amounts. Fortunately, most people will not have any adverse reactions.
Since resveratrol thins the blood naturally caution should be used if you are currently taking a prescribed blood thinner like warfarin or coumadin. Consult your physician first before taking any resveratrol supplements.
There is a large volume of anecdotal evidence supporting the health claims by users of resveratrol. In addition to the personal experiences of many individuals there is a growing body of scientific evidence supporting the reports that this natural substance has specific health benefits.
Although there is not any conclusive scientific evidence of the health benefits of resveratrol there have been a number of promising research studies completed.
Many of the conclusions reached by researchers have been positive. These research scientists almost invariably comment in their reports that additional resveratrol research needs to be done. We concur with this conclusion. We welcome additional research on the health benefits of resveratrol and on other natural health supplements.
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