We’ve been hearing a lot lately about resveratrol, the ingredient in red wine that is said to have major health benefits for conditions like heart disease, obesity, and even the effects of aging. It may even stave off certain cancers and reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Some people claim to feel more energetic and have less sleep problems.
Recently, researchers have come up with another benefit to drinking red wine. The title says it all: “So long, sunscreen? Scientists suggest red wine helps prevent sunburn,” by Ryan Jaslow. No, you don’t rub on your skin, you drink it.
Does it sound too good to be true? According to the staff at Mayo Clinic, the ingredient, resveratrol, might be the key element in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces "bad" cholesterol and prevents blood clots. Researchers claim that it may reduce the effects of obesity, which in turn reduces the chances of diabetes.
However, the research studies were only done on mice, not in people. Therefore, to get the same amount of resveratrol as in the mice studies, a person would have to drink around 60 liters of red wine a day. If you did that, you would be the healthiest wino on the block, right?
How do we get enough resveratrol without drinking ourselves to death? Grapes or grape juice, peanuts, blueberries, cranberries as well as numerous supplements are also said to contain resveratrol.
But, how much do we need?
LIVESTRONG.COM reported in an article: Resveratrol Recommended Dosage, by Henry Pitot, MD, that “For adults, the recommended dose for resveratrol supplementation is 40mg daily, according to Dr. Johan Auwerx, a resveratrol researcher at the Huntington College of Health Sciences. Preliminary studies reviewed by the Linus Pauling at Institute at Oregon State University have shown that trans-resveratrol is absorbed more efficiently by the body, but more studies are needed to evaluate the bioavailability of these interesting polyphenols in humans.”