Given the relatively small number of human studies done on resveratrol, the amount of media hype about the health benefits of this substance is staggering.
What is it? Resveratrol is the polyphenol that has become most commonly associated with the benefits of drinking red wine. It is found in red and purple grapes (although the actual amount is relatively small), as well as in berries such as cranberries and blueberries, and even in things such as peanuts and the roots of the invasive plant Japanese knotweed.
Resveratrol has become the darling of the “pop a pill to improve your health” advocates and has captured a growing share of the health supplement market. Its supposed benefits range from preventing cancer and reducing your risk of heart disease and diabetes to slowing the aging process. However, what most people do not know is that the majority of scientific studies performed on resveratrol…
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