resveratrol benefitsThe public polemics among experts and specialists as to health effects and benefits of reservatrol has been unfolding in scientific mass media for the last year. Reservatrol is a known natural anti-oxidant substance which can be found in red grapes and related products (especially high quality red wine). Many studies have proven that reservatrol has absolutely amazing anti-aging properties due to its power to slow down oxidative stress and slow down all degenerative processes linked to aging, on cellular level. That is why a lot of special attention was paid to promoting this natural anti-oxidant: in particular, plenty of dietary supplement formulas based on reservatrol are being offered. Moreover, in 2011, the world’s leading nutritionists recommended taking 1 glass of high quality red wine a day in order to harvest reservatrol benefits and enjoy this effective protection against destructive effects of aging.

According to the findings of the expert groups around the world, red wine benefits and reservatrol benefits also include improved metabolism, positive effects on blood pressure and reduced risks of serious cardiovascular diseases like a heart attack, preventing weight gain, reduced risks of suffering from vascular diseases, and some others. For a few decades, reservatrol used to be considered very valuable natural substance that works for the benefit of everyone, both young and aging people. However, recently, the newest findings of a few studies were published proving the absence of positive effects of reservatrol on certain type of people. red wine benefitsThus, as a group of scientists from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis managed to find out, reservatrol effects do not work for young and middle-aged women, so using red wine or special reservatrol supplements by such women does not bring to any desired effect. The report about the study was published in the journal Cell Metabolism, and more information about the findings can be found here.

These days, the findings of one more study were published saying that reservatrol benefits do not work for older people, especially for older men. Those are the conclusions of scientists from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Moreover, as their experiments have shown, consuming plenty of reservatrol and reservatrol-like anti-oxidants can be even harmful to aging people. The experts are convinced that these natural substances can cancel positive effects of physical exercises and workouts in older men. Members of the study group led by a PhD student Lasse Gliemann, worked with 27 aging men (aged 65+) who used to lead a physically inactive lifestyle for the last ten years before the study. The group was divided into two working groups, both of which were involved in moderate and high-intensity trainings for about 8 weeks. At that, the members of one group were given an equivalent of 250 g of resrvatrol a day, and the members of the other group were given just a placebo pill.

It is also interesting that, according to the report about the study, the experiment was double blinded. In other words, neither participants, nor scientists knew what participant received placebo, and which received reservatrol supplement. The study leader underlined that during the experiment the scientists could see the prove of the fact that high intensity training routine has undisputed benefits for reducing the risks for serious cardio conditions. However, there was no prove found as to reservatrol benefits or red wine benefits. On the contrary: reservatrol consumption was linked to reduced positive effects of physical exercises, including such parameters as plasma lipid concentrations, blood pressure, and some others. “We all were surprised to find that resveratrol supplementation in aged men blunted the positive effects of exercise training on cardiovascular health parameters, in part because our results contradict findings in animal studies,’ said Ylva Hellsten, the main consultant of the study. For those who are looking for more information: you can find the detailed report about this study in the latest issue of The Journal of Physiology.


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