Red Wine Supplements: You Needn’t Drink Wines Everyday
In the early 90s, a study was conducted that revealed something called the “French Paradox.” The paradox was essentially this: how could the French people, who everyone knows love their cheeses and fatty foods, all stay in good shape and have a low incidence of heart disease? What this study found was that from an early age, all French people consume at least one glass a day of red wine.
The study focused on the contents of red wine to see what was having such an effect. Eventually, they discovered a antioxidant called resveratrol present in the red wine. After studying resveratrol for some time, they determined that this was the key. Resveratrol has since been found to have anti-aging and cancer-fighting effects and helps to keep your arteries cleaned out, preventing stroke. It also reduces your chances of developing coronary heart disease and ulcers. As if this wasn’t enough, studies have also found that resveratrol helps fight osteoporosis, ovarian cancer, and strokes for women. For men, it helps with high blood pressure and fighting heart attacks.
While there is no wonder drug or cure-all, resveratrol is very helpful in keeping you healthy. So much so, in fact, that many companies have taken to making red wine supplements. Many people want the healing effects of resveratrol, but can’t drink red wine or simply don’t like to-that’s what red wine supplements are for!
You do need to be careful when buying red wine supplements, however. Many of them do not contain as much resveratrol as you might think. All the various companies that make them will say different things about their products, but look on the back of the bottle (if you’re shopping for the supplement at your health food store or the like) and make sure that it has a high content of resveratrol in each tablet. 100 mg is a good starting point. If you’re shopping online, make sure you do some research to find out exactly what is in each tablet.
Red wine supplements are by no means dangerous, but you want to make sure that you get what you pay for. Resveratrol is what it’s all about, and that is what you want a lot of in your supplement. Otherwise, you’re just wasting your hard-earned dollars on something that can’t hurt you, but probably won’t help much.
In the end, if you want the healing effects of resveratrol but can’t drink red wine or simply don’t like the taste, you should definitely look into getting some red wine supplements. These handy little pills can give you all the beneficial effects of red wine without you having to drink a single drop! As with everything, however, buyer beware. There are a few supplement companies out there that have taken short cuts in producing these supplements. If you’re not careful, you might get a supplement with a measly 2-3 mg per tablet, when what you really need is 100 mg. Do your research, get the supplement you need, and enjoy the effects!