Resveratrol: 350 Glasses of Wine Please

That would be a rough night, now wouldn’t it? Thankfully, that amount of wine is not necessary if it’s the resveratrol you’re after. The California-based Ethical Naturals has an extract available that offers a standardized extract mix of red wine and knotweed that offers the resveratrol equivalent of 350 glasses of wine. Potent stuff.  I’m not sure which brands in the stores are selling this extract or comparable extracts from other companies, but I am going to the HBA Expo this week, and I’ll find out.

So, what is it about the resveratrol that makes it so enticing as the next supplement added to the morning handful or to be the highlight of the next amazing skin care preparation? It’s been noted as a compound that can slow the aging process, along with anti-cancer effects, anti-inflammatory effects, cardiovascular benefits, anti-diabetes potential, energy endurance enhancement, and protection against Alzheimer’s. Not bad. Now, like any food, it is not completely accepted that the resveratrol alone is best. The combined nutrients in grapes includes oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs), catechins, and other polyphenols, all known to have valuable health and skin rejuvenating benefits. For many years I have included it in my Global Healthy Aging formulas, classes and programs. The daily dosage recommended of resveratrol is 30mg – 150mg.

A while back 60 Minutes did a report on resveratrol. That’s a big deal – sort of. Mainstream doesn’t pick up on nutrients all that often. This quote from the segment does help me to understand the interest of the media. “The important news here is not that we found something in red wine. The important thing is that we passed a milestone where we can now make drugs based on this knowledge and potentially slow down aging itself.” Oh, I get it. These guys have figured out how to patent and sell a food based ingredient as a drug. That’s a big accomplishment that many have unsuccessfully tried before. Being on 60 minutes, well, that’s simply the relationship between Big Pharma and the media. I may be being a bit cynical here, but Pfizer is sponsoring the online video.

Lots of research means lots of expense which leads to lots of expense in clinical trials for FDA approval. The end result here is a very expensive “drug” that you can easily get  from a bottle of wine that is variably priced depending on your wine snobbery quotient – mines a bit high but my budget doesn’t match up. Or, there will be affordably priced supplements, with the full food effect, available. The good quality supplements will contain the whole food extract (grape, red wine, knotweed or  mulberries). This won’t be the case of  a “drug” version. The patent will likely include adding to or manipulating the compound. Did I hear someone say side-effects?

Drugs are bad, just say no.

Resveratrol is a beautiful thing – drink red wine, eat grapes, and if you really have to, take the supplements with the concentrated food extract.



  1. Thanks and cheers!

  2. Thanks and cheers!
    BTW I love your blog!

  3. Thanks back – if I keep having ‘cheers’ I’ll eventually make 350 glasses of red wine!