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Radical Remedies: Resveratrol

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Many of us have heard that red wine in moderation is good for the heart, and by moderation I mean one glass of wine per day. The compound responsible for this effect is called Resveratrol. As you can imagine a lot of wine drinkers accepted this news with full enthusiasm. But as always I am here to reveal the truth of the matter based on my extensive research.

There is no doubt that Resveratrol protects the heart. It accomplishes this by being a potent anti-oxidative and free radical scavenging molecule that prevents arteries from clogging up with cholesterol. This type of clogging is responsible for heart attacks and certain types of strokes. The catch is that it would take approximately 20 glasses of red wine each day to reach the blood level of Resveratrol that produces this positive effect. Such beneficial effect would be reversed by the excessive level of alcohol which is its self cardio-toxic. Therefore the only practical way to provide sufficient Resveratrol is to supplement with it, usually in the form of capsules

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But this is not the end of the story. Resveratrol has been found to have a strong protective effect for a number of medical conditions.

For example, in many animal models Resveratrol has been found to have anti-aging properties. It has also been shown to have anti-cancer properties, especially for cancers that come with direct contact with Resveratrol before passing through the liver. Such cancers are cancers of the stomach and the colon as well as cancers of the skin. This last protective quality is achieved by applying creams that contain Resveratrol.

Resveratrol also ameliorates the symptoms of diabetes by lowering both sugar and fat in our blood. As a strong anti-oxidant it also has nero-protective properties, being particularly promising in the prevention of Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases.

It has also shown significant promise in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis as well as being an inhibitory compound against a number of viruses including shingles, influenza, and cytomegalovirus. Finally it enhances the activity of several HIV medications.

My overall summary is that this molecule is absolutely amazing in protecting the heart. But let’s not forget all of its other miraculous and very promising qualities.

Author: Dr. Karol, MD

Alternative medicine expert, educator, medical health advisor and author. Recognized as a health expert who is highly knowledgeable in conventional medicine, supplementation, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition and diet and exercise programs. Karol graduated with a B.Sc. with distinction from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Following this Karol completed a doctor of medicine degree as well as the medical post-graduation internship in Europe. Karol started his media career by hosting the radio Radical Remedies portion of The Natural Health Show. The Natural Health Show brings together a collection of health experts to discuss natural health solutions in a way that’s easy to understand. Karol also speaks on health matters and the potential of healthy ingredients on video blogs and at health tradeshows. He currently works closely with and represents some of Canada’s leading health product companies. Karol is currently the Medical Director of Vitarock.com, an online store for all things healthy. Here Karol reviews the products considered by Vitarock to ensure they meet the company’s four core pillars; to be pure, green, safe and fair. He also interacts directly with Vitarock’s online shoppers, being available by phone to provide a free medical consultation and to recommend the best possible products. He is also a senior advisor for dicentra, one of Canada’s leading regulatory and scientific consulting firms. Karol reviews science and compiles reports for Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help companies bring new and exciting products and ingredients to market. His overall philosophy is that as a society we should implement a more personal approach to our existing medical system showing more empathy, personal attention, as well as emotional and psychological support to individuals in need of help. He also believes in the value of integrating modern Western medical practice with natural remedies, exercise, time spent with nature, and a healthy diet rich in super foods.

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