I thought it was about time I do an update on resveratrol research. When About Health started, we were very likely the first in the world to see the potential of resveratrol and sell it as a supplement. That was back in 2005, New Zealand was the number one country per capita for resveratrol searches for years before the rest of the world caught up, and that was solely due to us as we were the only company selling it.
At the time there were many articles about resveratrol, and I thought I would demonstrate to you that while the ‘media hype’ has diminished, as it always does, the research has not. Recently I checked how many published papers referenced resveratrol and I found that in just 6 days there were 10 published studies, and thus far there are just under 10,000.
Here’s a quick summary of just a couple of areas of research you might have missed.
Blood Sugar: Several studies have demonstrated that it can support normal blood sugar, and a quote from a systematic review states “significant improvements in multiple cardio metabolic bio-markers and an excellent safety profile support resveratrol as a leading candidate as an adjunct to pharmacological management of T2DM (Types 2 Diabetes)”
Brain Health: Most people are not aware that Alzheimer’s has been described by many scientists as ‘diabetes type 3’ and that blood sugar control may be responsible for this and other brain diseases. I will stick to sources that are easy reads as most of us are not professional health experts or scientists. Time Magazine’s headline (September 2015) stated ‘New Evidence suggests resveratrol may slow Alzheimer’s’. A human trial of patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s found that there was no progression of a protein that builds up in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients or in spinal cord fluid, and that it improved some patient’s ability to conduct basic daily tasks. This was a study of 119 men and women with Alzheimer’s, half received 1000 mg of resveratrol and half a placebo. For those of you getting older, this is tremendously exciting news. I think it’s a good bet for patients with the disease given that’s its cheap and has no real side effects. This study very much adds to the blood sugar research in my opinion.
Inflammation: This is a huge subject of research, inflammation is an important process that helps our bodies repair themselves after injury, but chronic low-level inflammation is a risk factor for a huge number of diseases. Such as many cancers, heart diseases and brain diseases. Its massive, so an anti-inflammatory diet is a great idea, and that means less sugars! Several supplements can help with this including resveratrol, curcumin (from turmeric) and, in fact, all the ingredients in Res-V have this property. Lester’s Oil also contains a superb quality omega 3 fish oil which is anti-inflammatory, and this is probably why so many people with arthritis have said our product have helped them greatly.
I am trying to keep this short so it fits in our upcoming newsletter… but there is a huge amount of information supporting the use of resveratrol. The drug companies and their friends in big media are constantly trying to knock it, but you can go to PubMed and check it out for yourself. As you can with all ingredients. And, you will find that the most useful ingredients of all are in just two of our products, Res-V Ultimate and Lester’s Oil. We combine the most useful ingredients in just a couple of products so you save money and so you don’t need to buy 10 bottles every month.