Scientific Breakthrough! Grape Expectations!

by DavalosMcCormack on July 13, 2009

resveratrol a scientific breakthrough
Could resveratrol really be a scientific breakthrough?

Yikes!  Sounds like the fountain of youth has been found…and it’s affordable!  Not only is it affordable…operators are standing by to take your call!  As seen on Oprah and ’60 Minutes’; Barbra Walters and even Dr. Oz referred to resveratrol as being one of the best ways to live longer and healthier. In fact, resveratrol is even featured on Dr. Oz’s “Ultimate Anti-Aging Checklist”.  So let’s run out and get this stuff, right?Hold on, let’s take a little time to understand this phenomena.   Resveratrol is a compound found in mostly in the skin of red grapes, apparently it’s the length of fermentation process as the grapes turn into wine that determines the potency and concentration of resveratrol.  Still, in order to get enough to make a difference in your body, you would have to drink 1,000 bottles of red wine a day!  Not even Kevin can do that!  That’s why they have made supplements !

So guess what?  This compound which was reported by Morley Safer on 60 minutes 17 years ago in a story about the ” French Paradox” which was investigating  the question of why  french people who have a fatty cheesy diet and drink 3-5 glasses of red wine do not have a high incidence of heart disease.  What’s up with that?

Well, it turns out resveratrol from fermented grape skins is believed to have many beneficial effects, and today, 17 years after it was first reported scientists are finding that resveratrol seems to have many health benefits.  Like what you say?

Diabetes prevention, Weight gain prevention ( weight loss support) , Anti-aging effects (count me in!) , prevention of cancer (who would say no to that) and it seems to increase in endurance and cardiovascular performance!  I’ll take a year’s supply!

But, as you know I find this “too” good to be true and as Kevin says,  “Check out the studies!”

So I did, and  although there have been laboratory tests that have demonstrated that resveratrol may help prevent heart disease and cancer, little is known about its long term effects on the liver.

Plus, most of the studies were done on rats…and we do not have tails!  Studies still need to be done on humans.  And properties found in resveratrol may stimulate growth of human breast cancer cells.    So my friends, before we all run out and begin our regime of dietary supplements of resveratrol I turned to www.Quackwatch.com, a terrific website that puts supplements, ideas and claims to the test. Their advice is to wait till studies are done with “real” people because supplementing with unproven substances is generally unwise.

So Kevin and I are going to toast with a glass (ocassionally) of red wine!


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