March 9, 2009

How to Get Your Anti-Aging Resveratrol...Now That Even Red Wine Gives Us Cancer

You may have recently read about the big University of Oxford study that suggests that even one drink a day of any type of alcohol—even red wine—increases a woman's risk for certain cancers, including breast. Couldn't its researchers have had the decency to wait until this economic hell cools to release data that indicates that a little drinking gives you cancer?  

But more importantly, we've been told for years that red wine was practically the fountain of youth, the elixir for health.  Resveratrol, the potent antioxidant in it, could lower one's risk for heart disease.  It has unique longevity powers...So now even red wine might be carcinogenic for women?  What about all those longer-living Europeans who down vino at lunch and dinner?

I'm now capping my nightly glass of Pinot Noir at one—but how do we still get anti-aging resveratrol?   I don't recommend supplements since we urinate most of them out and there's a flurry of data recently says that supplements don't work.  So, here's what I'm doing:

1) eating more red grapes, whose skin contains resveratrol
2) reverting to Aveda's lovely Inner Light SPF 15 tinted moisturizer, which contains Japanese knotwood, the other major source of resveratrol in addition to red grapes


Markus said...

I enjoyed your candid response! I thought I would mention a few other "safe" sources of resveratrol aside from grapes. (Not that there is anything wrong with grapes)

As you mentioned resveratrol is highly abundant in Japanese Knotweed. JK can be found in many locations across the globe and most likely in your back yard. People are actually known to eat knotweed or make a tea out of it. I haven't gone that far.

You can also get resveratrol by eating peanuts. Peanuts have the 3rd greatest concentration behind knotweed and red grapes. You can also find it in blueberries, biliberries, cranberries, and eucalyptus plants.

Live Longer,

Lindsay B. said...

Wow, didn't know that resveratrol was present in other berries--and peanuts! Thank you for the helpful info.

Lucy said...

very informative post! hopefully they won't go after chocolate next! *gasp*

Virginia Green said...

Trying to follow the results of the latest studies is too much of a roller coaster for me. I'll wait for the dust to settle and see what the consensus is from follow-up studies. Not that I drink wine, just more of a general policy! :-)

BP said...

i'll have to compensate by replacing my red wine with eating more dark chocolate to soothe my soul.

love reading your blog lindsay.
thanks for giving some info to kelsie :)

Anonymous said...

oh, that previous comment was from hannah, not from brett.

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Ju said...

Have you had a chance to watch 60 Minutes or Barbra Walters segments last weekend about it?

It show promise in mice. For mice, has shown major health improvements including blood sugar control. Keep in mind that 6 out of 10 major drug successes in mice - fail in humans. But the limited human trials showed promise and there are some patients that claim it helps. However, this could be the 'placebo effect,' and only empirical data under controlled experiments can tell for sure. It will take a few years for these clinical trials to conclude.

You can get supplements of the extract right now. While it is safe, it is not guaranteed to work. Before making a decision, you should watch all the videos. Here's the a recap from all the trustworthy shows:

I did some research and learned the following: You can only get 1-2mgs of it in a single bottle of wine. So, white, it's a good excuse to drink wine, but you really won't get much benefit. There are supplements on the market - but many do not have the required strength and they don't work for everyone. The only way to know for sure is to try the supplements. Hope you find this interesting... its a future hope for the fountain of youth and treatments (not cures) for countless diseases.

-Linda, the Good Nurse.

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Anonymous said...

As far as my knowledge is concern about resveratrol,Scientific results with Resveratrol have shown it to both extend lifespan and increase vigor in animals. Experiments by the groups of Howitz and Sinclair concluded that resveratrol extended the life span of yeast by almost 60%. Later experiments on fruit flies, worms and fish not only confirmed this substance's ability to extend lifespan but also to delay the degenerating effects of aging. The most recent experiment conducted on short lived fish not only increased their lifespan by over 50%, as compared to control fish not supplemented with Resveratrol, but also older fish demonstrated higher swimming activity and a better ability to avoid unpleasant stimulus thereby increasing their energy levels and mental acuteness.
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