Although it may be a wonderful plant extract, with due respect to research, branding, and sales receipts, Resveratrol is not a wonder supplement.
The results of a wide range of experiments done with Resveratrol since it was discovered in 1939 are inconclusive. Scanning the research data provides information on small successes, amidst uncertain applications, but not absolute proof of its overall value. Although it may appear to improve some health conditions, Resveratrol alone has not proven available to reverse the damages done by a long life lived without regard to good health, or common sense.
Resveratrol has been shown to enhance cell growth, yet it has the ability to inhibit breast cancer cell growth. It may perform well in vitro, yet has not been proven to have the same efficacy in a systemic environment.
Resveratrol has been shown to bind copper, which contributes to an ability to inhibit plaque formation in the brain, indicating potential use in treating a neuropathy such as Alzheimer’s. French research clearly illustrated that Resveratrol activated the Sirtuin 1 gene, giving the mice in the experiment much greater endurance. However, when the statistics were applied to humans, there was no support for the systemic efficacy of Resveratrol.
Another problem with Resveratrol supplements is the amount delivered to the user. This is a general concern when using any substance that should be delivered based on body weight, age, or health condition. A 125 milligram daily dosage of pure resveratrol is equal to 500 glasses of red wine per day. How do we know the right amount to take? Is it possible the label is not in terms easy to understand, and we may be getting too much, or too little.
Resveratrol has been claimed to fight bloating, and wrinkles ,while at the same time combating circulatory disease, diabetes, and arthritis. With all these claims, one would have to be skeptical. However, there are currently no counter-claims by any substantial research to refute them either. The public is left to respond to the advertising, labeling, branding, and sales. This is not much different than many of the common supermarket items that announce their worthiness by labeling, advertising, and sales. A product such as Resveratrol should have a more substantial resume.
Lastly, it is good to remember that Resveratrol, like many substances, is metabolized into other substances as it passes through the human body. As a user of any product that claims to be on the list of wonders of the world, we should do more than rely on media hype, and certainly check with an alternative friendly professional, such as a Naturopath, to insure we are getting a supplement worthy of our time, our money, and our trust.