Resveratrol is a polyphenol antioxidant that helps to prevent heart disease, cancer and early signs of aging. Is there any side effects with taking resveratrol?
In fact, resveratrol has been shown to influence gene expression to turn on factors that code for longevity in cells. Natural sources of resveratrol are red wine, grapes, peanuts, berries, chocolate, certain vines and a plant known as Japanese knotweed.
What is the use of resveratrol?
Resveratrol has gained a lot of attention for its anti-aging and disease-fighting powers. Experts agree that it does have potential. Research does suggest resveratrol can help protect you against:
- Heart disease: It helps reduce inflammation, lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol, and makes it more difficult for clots to form that can lead to a heart attack.
- Cancer: It can limit the spread of cancer cells and start killing them.
- Alzheimer’s: It protects nerve cells from damage and fight the plaque buildup that can lead to the disease.
- Diabetes: Resveratrol helps prevent insulin resistance, a condition in which the body becomes less sensitive to the blood sugar-lowering hormone insulin. The condition can lead to diabetes.
- Obesity and premature aging: Resveratrol activates the SIRT1 gene. That gene protects the body against the effects of obesity and the diseases of aging.
Is there any side effects of resveratrol?
Since we don’t have long term studies to look at, the best we can do in terms of advising on potential side effects is to look at anecdotal evidence. Here are some possible resveratrol side effects:
- Upset stomach.
- Jittery feeling or excess energy.
- Joint pain.
- Decreased appetite.
- Light headed.
We want to stress the above list is by no means exhaustive or scientific. These are just side effects that users of various resveratrol supplements have reported. The side effects may have been caused by resveratrol or some other ingredient in the supplement. In addition, the vast majority of people do not report any side effects.
Is there a way to avoid some of the above side effects?
Yes. Many of the stomach and diarrhea related side effects are a result of the emodin found in some resveratrol supplements. When a resveratrol extract is made from Japanese Knotweed, it can contain a high percentage of emodin. As emodin can cause diarrhea, and it has no positive health benefits, it is best to avoid emodin.
The problem with avoiding emodin is that it is not listed on the label. The only way to make sure you are taking a resveratrol supplement that does not contain emodin and other risky ingredients is to use a supplement that is made with natural trans-resveratrol.
One of the reasons we highly recommend the Resveratrol500mg is that it is made with natural trans-resveratrol derived from the finest source and has NO EMODIN. So, by using the perfect Resveratrol500mg you eliminate any side effects that the emodin would create.