What are the advantages and disadvantages of resveratrol?
Resveratrol is known worldwide as a miraculous molecule that suppresses aging and brings a lot of benefits to our lives and for protection of our cells. However, the truth is different from that stated by pharmaceutical companies that advertise their products in order to increase sales to achieve greasy benefits. What are the real benefits and disadvantages of resveratrol? Is it more healthy to consume natural resveratrol, which is found in normal diets or through dietary supplements? What are the disadvantages of synthetically obtained resveratrol, available on the shelves? What is the effect on our health on resveratrol in overdoses? Where does everything find resveratrol in natural nutrition and how much it contains in particular foods? You’ll get all the answers in the article.
It’s time to learn what resveratrol really is. We are overwhelmed with ads on almost every corner and page of your favorite magazine, but most people still don’t know what are actual strengths and weaknesses that resveratrol can bring. Like many other products that appear on the market, resveratrol is an excellent niche product, which many economists are aware of, which in most cases is sold for the main purpose of profit and not the benefits of your health. That’s why marketers use all possible ways to present only the positive qualities of resveratrol, but certainly not the negative ones, as this would deteriorate their sales. Personally, I have a lot of experience with resveratrol, because I have tested all possible variants and doses for more than a year, so you will definitely gain all the relevant information for your health.
What is resveratrol?
Resveratrol is a plant molecule known as stilbenoid, a kind of natural phenol and phytoalexin produced by many plants in response to an external injury or when a plant is attacked by various pathogens such as bacteria or fungi. Resveratrol is a natural polyphenol. Resveratrol sources in natural food are different, but this molecule is mainly found in the skin of grapes, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries and currants.
What is the difference between resveratrol and trans resveratrol?
Resveratrol has its original name, which is trans resveratrol. All the rest is a simplified name, which is mostly used to label food supplements containing trans resveratrol. Trans resveratrol is a natural resveratrol, but it can be sold in different doses in capsules, either 5%, 10%, 25%, 50%, 75% or 100%. Trans resveratrol is therefore an active ingredient that delivers its effects, so the usual name resveratrol is only used as supplemental product that contains trans resveratrol. Products on the shelf are available containing various trans resveratrol doses, which can be combined with other resveratrol sources such as red wine, blueberries, grapes or grape seeds.
Which foods contain natural resveratrol?
|Content per 100 g or 100 ml|
|Red wine, superior||3,00 mg|
|Red currant||1,57 mg|
|Blueberries, European||0,67 mg|
|Blueberries, American||0,38 mg|
|Red wine, common||0,27 mg|
|Cocoa powder 100%||0,18 mg|
|Black grapes||0,15 mg|
|Dark chocolate 70%||0,04 mg|
|Green grapes||0,02 mg|
Cocoa lovers can benefit from content of resveratrol by choosing dark chocolate with at least 90% cocoa, which have about 0.18 mg of resveratrol per 100 grams of chocolate. On the other hand, they will also reduce the level of harmful sugar because only a few percent of sugars can be found in such products.
Does red wine bring benefits to our health?
Do not bother to regulate gastric acid before eating before the meal or gain the benefit of resveratrol because the sum of all benefits and weaknesses are usually on the side disadvantages. If you really want a glass of premium red wine, you might also benefit from it, but most people drink wine because of effects that are made by alcohol. It is known that alcohol does not only destroy mental abilities, it also affects the degradation of muscles, collagen, elastin and bones. Remember, alcohol changes your bone shape, size and density. Therefore, some people who regularly drink small amounts of alcohol can politely ask themselves why they have so many problems with their health, especially with bones. The answer is simple.
High amounts of alcohol require a lot of minerals to neutralize low pH values of fluids, so the body uses a lot of calcium and phosphorus, which are the main building blocks of our bones and teeth. The positive properties of wine are attributed to the fact that wine is obtained through grapes, which naturally have many medicinal benefits. In the wine production itself, grape skin concentrates, therefore it contains higher resveratrol contents than fresh fruit. However, heat treatment and industrial processes reduce the content of other active ingredients as well as resveratrol, so conventional wines have negligible values of resveratrol. The benefits, and on the other hand, the weaknesses that you gain from alcohol, bring a total negative outcome to your health. It doesn’t help anyone to acquire a few milligrams of resveratrol from alcoholic beverages such as red wine because on the other hand individual loses much more calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and collagen so that the body can compensate for the pH of body fluids. Therefore, I recommended you to always use resveratrol in a natural form, because natural food doesn’t contain any alcohol and besides normal values of this molecule. you also benefit from combination of other phytochemicals brought by nuts and fruits. Red wine has a lot of medicinal substances, such as polyphenols and other phytochemicals, including resveratrol, thanks to grapes, but on the other hand, alcohol usually destroys all their benefits that you may have from resveratrol. Therefore, it is up to you to decide whether to consume non-alcoholic resources of resveratrol. You will never have any problems with any negative features with natural food.
Resveratrol is described as an element that has various biochemical and physiological properties, including estrogenic, antiaggregational and anti-inflammatory properties, and a wide range of health benefits, ranging from natural chemotherapy to cardioprotection. Recently, several studies have been carried out for resveratrol as an anti-aging compound. Above all, resveratrol got a lot of good advertising due to his anti-aging properties and other mechanisms of action and the ability to prolong life. It has been found that resveratrol can prevent cardiovascular disease, including cholesterol and inflammatory response associated with aging but did not affect the actual survival or life of mice in animal studies. We may conclude that some research results are different, but the vast majority of cases depend on combination of which form of resveratrol was used. Natural form offers all the positive features and is always available in natural foods such as fresh fruit and nuts. (1)
Advantages and disadvantages of resveratrol
Resveratrol as a naturally occurring molecule is a powerful antioxidant that has about twenty times more antioxidant capacity than vitamin C or ascorbic acid. This effectively inhibits the effects of free radicals and protects our cells. Let’s not forget that antioxidants do not always have a positive functions because our body needs oxidation for normal functioning and regeneration. Without oxidation, our body would not be able to efficiently process and assimilate food and convert the fat and other nutrients to the energy.
Although resveratrol is used as a dietary supplement, there is no good evidence that consumption of resveratrol affects the expected life span or health. The reason for this, of course, lies in the fact that people tend to believe that larger amounts of certain antioxidant will contribute beneficially to their body, but in reality it is exactly the opposite. The purpose of resveratrol is primarily to protect us against the attacks of microbes such as bacteria, viruses and fungi, but we also have a problem with reduced functions of immune system, since it inhibits the growth of all living organisms and also the normal functioning of our blood cells. That’s the reason why you will realize that the values of resveratrol found in natural food, despite extremely low doses in terms of nutritional supplements, are correct.
Resveratrol has excellent anti-inflammatory properties
Resveratrol is an ingredient that offers defense against attacks of free radicals, bacteria and viruses. However, it is a good thing to enjoy it by understanding and never exaggerate with it, because at higher doses on the other hand we have a retarding offensive activity of our cells in exchange for the benefits that we gain with defensive function. Resveratrol belongs to a group of immunomodulators.
The advantages of resveratrol without side effects are obtained by natural sources such as blueberries, grapes, strawberries, cranberries, currants and cocoa. Mitigating chronic inflammation using natural sources of resveratrol is a great investment for your health. Using blueberries in a study on animals showed an excellent results in reducing inflammation, as resveratrol works in symbiosis with other stilbenes and anthocyanins that inhibit oxidative stress in the cells. Its effect is best if we enjoy it in its natural structure. (2)
Resveratrol prevents retinal degeneration
Resveratrol, as one of the strongest antioxidants, affects the protection of the retina where photoreceptors lie. Minor retinal injuries promote retinal degeneration in human diseases and animals. Recently, it has been proven that in addition to polyphenols, resveratrol besides classical antioxidant properties, also performs various bioactivity. In a study done in 2010 in Japan, scientists investigated the effect of resveratrol on light-induced retinal degeneration along with its basic molecular mechanisms. Mice subjected to 5.000 lux of white light for 3 hours which have previously received oral treatment with resveratrol at a dose of 50 mg per kg body weight of the animal for 5 days. Resveratrol has been shown to effectively protect the retina in high light exposure, and it has been proposed to use resveratrol as a therapeutic agent to prevent retinal degeneration in association with minor retinal deterioration. (3)
Resveratrol effectively inhibits the reproduction of herpes virus
In a 1999 study in America, resveratrol, phytoalexin, inhibited the replication of herpes simplex 1 and 2 viruses (HSV-1 and HSV-2). It is type of virus ofgenital and oral region, which is most often transmitted to the host in the case of unprotected sex or kissing. Resveratrol is known for its antibacterial properties, as some plants produce it only if they are attacked by external pathogens. The use of resveratrol-containing foods is therefore an excellent long-term protection against herpes virus group. (4)
Resveratrol is an excellent HPV agent
A study published in the American Journal of Cancer Research in 2007 showed that resveratrol is an effective agent for inhibiting cancerous angiogenic activity. The purpose of the study was to determine its effect on HPV type 16 type papillomavirus, which in many cases is responsible for cervical cancer. The purpose of this study was to investigate how HPV-type HPV type HPV types were expressed in cervical cancer cells. Researchers found out how resveratrol effects on oncoprotein and angiogenesis. HPV type 16 hepatoproteins contributed to greater angiogenesis in cervical cancer cells. Resveratrol effectively inhibited 16 angiogenic activities and therefore represents an excellent natural chemotherapeutic effect in cervical cancer. (5)
Resveratrol acts as an estrogen
Resveratrol works estrogenically in our body, but such activity is known only when consumed in large quantities, which are only available with nutritional supplements. Therefore, it does not have to be avoided in the natural form, even if the athlete needs a lot of testosterone.
Let’s explain what is estrogen after all. This is a hormone in the body of men and women. It represents the term for estrogen, estriol and estradiol hormone group. Estrogen has good and bad effects. In women, it usually takes care of normal development, regular cycles, and keeps cholesterol within normal limits. If the values of this hormone is too high, we are talking about the estrogenic predominance, which further reduces progesterone that can cause intense bleeding. Men have different results for estrogen, what estrogen takes from us, testosterone gives us. High concentrations of estrogen produce fat, reduce libido, increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, estrogens may occur due to infertility, it may appear as a sign of feminization such as breast enlargement.
Resveratrol works estrogenically, so enjoy it wisely and never overdose it. High doses are considered when consumption is greater than 10 mg per day and at dose of 100 mg you can expect only negative effects. If resveratrol is released through natural food, it will never affect the reduction of testosterone or progesterone, studies have shown its estrogenic effect in case of larger amounts obtained only with dietary supplements.
Resveratrol works antiaggregating and anticoagulant
Anticoagulants and antiaggregation medications eliminate or reduce the risk of blood clots. These are substances that dilute the blood. They are used to prevent blood clots that can form in the blood vessels or heart in an unhealthy diet and lifestyle. Resveratrol at higher doses speeds up anticoagulation, which can lead to worsening of problems with bleeding and wound healing and other injuries. You can also expect similar results from using Omega 3 fatty acids in the form of dietary supplements. It is important that you have enough vitamin K, which is found in all types of vegetables, especially in green leafy, because they represent the best food for the body to have a healthy functioning of platelets and rapid tissue regeneration through aggregation and coagulation. The studies that were done on animals in the subject of trans resveratrol showed that it accelerates the effect of warfarin, which doctors prescribe for people with blood clots formation problems. (4)
Resveratrol can cause joint pain and numbness
Studies shown that resveratrol has natural anti-inflammatory effects in the body, which we have already mentioned. Resveratrol acts by inhibiting certain enzymes that cause inflammation at the cellular level that can theoretically help in joint diseases. However, people who regularly used resveratrol reported joint pain and tendonitis, which is normal phenomenon because the resveratrol values in supplements were 100 times greater than those found in natural nutrition. The defensive effect on the other hand completely extinguishes the immune system, which takes care of regeneration of intercostal bonds and other tissues. Therefore, any herb that can be bought in drugstore usually contains values that are ten times higher than natural ones and can trigger reverse effects because the body is not able to handle such high doses because they cannot be are obtained from natural food in such doses. The consequence of regular administration of resveratrol at higher doses affects many areas of the body, including tendons. Numbness and tingling in the legs and arms can be normal reaction if you take too much of this miraculous molecule.
Resveratrol lowers appetite
The miraculous molecule also inhibit an appetite by its inhibitory properties. Large doses may also cause stomach problems reported by many individuals who have consumed resveratrol regularly in the form of dietary supplements. Gastrointestinal disorders and seizures, in addition to diarrhea, may result from the use of synthetic resveratrol, as it effectively inhibits the functioning of the entire intestinal flora. As we know, the common capsule settles in the stomach and does not travel along the esophagus just like conventional food, so its strongest effect is done when the substance is released in our stomach and then continues to act in digestive tract. Dietary supplements affect every individual differently, some people are more susceptible to adverse effects than others, but we have a common denominator, an excessive amount that is higher than 10 mg daily is not recommended. Natural resveratrol will never cause side effects, so choose natural food and you will always gain all of its positive properties.
High doses of resveratrol acts to inhibit whole body growth
High doses of resveratrol have a negative effect on our immune system, as they greatly inhibit the activity of white and red blood cells, and also platelets. Resveratrol is also a chelator, as it mobilizes the metals in the blood in such a way that it takes them through the mud and urine out of the body. The result is, of course, anemia, slow wound healing and bleeding. Therefore, I can add a confirmation from my own experience that resveratrol in practice works extremely inhibitory on whole body. You can always remember that all types of herbs that inhibit natural microbes also inhibit the growth of our body, bones and muscles and prevent rapid and proper regeneration at higher doses. Negative resveratrol effects can be felt only by consuming food supplements or excessive amounts of red wine.
Resveratrol and antibiotics
A research conducted in 2016 on the effect of resveratrol on bacteria has shown that resveratrol provides protection for microbes in combination with an antibiotic, which means it is used by bacteria for its own benefit. It is therefore unreasonable to believe that you can improve any kind of disease with resveratrol. Natural nutrition should be your foundations for health, but it’s good to enrich it with natural resveratrol resources. (5)
How many resveratrols do we need for beneficial effects?
Resveratrol will deliver benefit from consumption of natural fruits, where you can’t overdose it and you also can’t achieve any inhibitory effects on muscle or bone growth. Children who are concerned with their body height will not feel any negative effects on daily doses of up to 5 mg resveratrol. However, it is a prerequisite to acquire it in the symbiosis of other phytochemicals, because our immune system thus appropriately recognizes information about how things are interconnected. In this way, you can successfully use resveratrol in body tissues because it has the right amount and information how to use it properly. In addition, let’s not forget that the natural food contains bio-photons, which can not be found in any powders, capsules or pills. Indian yogis called this energy prana, that is, life energy that affects our cell life and regeneration, so it is important the volume or quantity of a particular food that we consume and not a powder that has no ties, bio-photons who are washed away and gives our body insufficient information on the purpose of a particular ingredient such as resveratrol.
I tested resveratrol through dietary supplements from different manufacturers and after more than a year I needed once again same amount of time for my immune system to repair and reuse the natural resources of resveratrol. Doses that are harmful to our health are all values that are higher than 100mg per day, and 500mg are excessive values that will never offer long-term benefits. In practice, such values act noticeably inhibitory to psychological and physiological abilities, since we must not forget that resveratrol is a defensive ingredient, which means that it inhibits the growth of all living organisms by protecting the cells. Simply put, the restoration of the body is almost stopped, anemia can occur, since high doses can soon empty our body’s ,major nutrients and all important metals such as iron, zinc, copper and other minerals. My findings have shown that supplemental resveratrol is not recommended because I had extremely poor muscular tissue regeneration skills, anemia and bleeding disorder was also noticeable in in the area of injuries and wounds.
What are the recommended values of resveratrol?
Resveratrol is a substance that does not have certain recommended values, so we do not need it every day. If we had to make a general formula by which to orientate wisely, we could say that the recommended daily dose of resveratrol would be up to 1 mg. The maximum allowable dose would be up to 10 mg. Experience in life has shown its real effect and the limit that is acceptable, but you don’t need to be burden yourself with this information in any way if you decide consume natural resveratrol rich food. Even if you exaggerate, you will never achieve negative effects of this substance.
Where to buy cheap and high quality resveratrol?
Resveratrol is available under many different brands, where most products contain trans resveratrol derived from a Japanese knotweed. Usually, you will not get resveratrol, obtained from grapes or blueberries, because such production would require an extremely high price. Since the Japanese knotweed for the European population is quite new, the possibilities of intolerance are high. It is always better to find the natural sources of resveratrol through the fruit and nuts that your immune system is familiar since your childhood. By doing this, you will gain the right benefits and give your body the right guidance for using it. However, the prices of resveratrol vary greatly, and the most expensive ones are usually in pharmacies where resveratrol is marketed from a Japanese knotweed. If you decide to buy resveratrol in the form of dietary supplements, divide the capsule content by consuming up to 10 milligrams a day in combination with foods that already contain resveratrol naturally.
When you buy resveratrol, there is no need to waste a lot of money, because resveratrol has exactly the same structure provided by different manufacturers, it differs only in price, packaging and added ingredients because it is mixed with other extracts or it is offered as resveratrol from various sources. The most affordable and quality resveratrol that I have tried is MRM Resveratrol, which consists of a trans resveratrol of a Japanese dresser, polyphenols of red wine and proanthocyanidines of grape stoves. The value of trans resveratrol is 100 mg, contains 60 vegetarian capsules, which is the most favorable bid for 7 USD.
Resveratrol is not suitable for people who want to promote muscle and bone growth
Resveratrol in a form of dietary supplements can always bring more harm than any benefit, as manufacturers compete in providing high-dose to large amount of people. The secret of resveratrol is hidden in extremely small quantities, as you have available in all kinds of natural foods. For this purpose, you have a spreadsheet in which all the values of resveratrol and its associated food sources are labeled. Resveratrol in a form of dietary supplements should be avoided by all people who have problems with anemia, bleeding and regeneration of muscles and other tissues.
effects are obtained with blueberries, grapes,
berry, cranberry, currant and cocoa.
When you consume natural fruit, you don’t need to be afraid of its value, as it will not affect inhibition of body growth or bones. You will truly gain all benefits, which will affect on prolonged life span. Resveratrol is produced globally from a cheap Japanese knotweed, where its values are high enough for use in synthetic drugs, but, as we know, powder that is deprived all other components will never bring true health benefits on a long term.
Resveratrol in the form of dietary supplements can also be used wisely by dividing the contents of the capsule into so many parts to get a maximum of 10 milligrams of resveratrol per day, which is an upper limit acceptable from the point of view of my personal experience. Also, it does not need to be consumed every day if it goes for nutritional supplements. The recommended limit is up to 5 milligrams a day. If you decide on the natural resources of resveratrol, besides this substance, you will acquire hundreds of other phytochemicals that remain largely unknown in the world but have a common effect that brings a lot of benefits and benefits to our health. It is a personal recommendation that you do not buy nutritional supplements and always take care of certain nutrients in the form of a natural diet.
Remember that the increasing concentrations of any vitamins and minerals always bring disadvantages because they cause greater resistance and adaptability of viruses, bacteria and other microbes. In addition, high doses, which naturally cannot be found in real food, can cause reversal effects in the body as desired, since high levels inhibit the immune system and cell growth. For some dietary supplements such as vitamin C, however, you have pro-oxidative effects, which means that it can aggravate oxidation rather than reduce it. Always opt for natural sources of vitamins, minerals and other phytochemicals because you have enough information on how much nutrients your food contains.
If you consume 250 grams of blueberries every couple days, you will get about 1.6 milligrams of resveratrol, which is quite enough, because we do not need as much resveratrol as we need other phytochemicals brought by blueberries or grapes. If you only consumed 1 milligram of resveratrol daily, you would do the best for yourself and benefit your cells much more than doses of more than 100 milligrams, which only benefit profits for marketers and personal beliefs. Resveratrol will be widely advertised in the world, and you have all the necessary knowledge from my own experience that will not be misled by any ads and quotes about its benefits. Resveratrol, as we have learned from animal studies, has not prolonged the lifespan, which is why it is not worth wasting your money on this molecule. All natural ingredients have their own benefits, but they need to be used in the right amount and in the right quantities.