What Are the Potential Benefits of Resveratrol Supplements?
Since 2006, resveratrol supplements have become very popular as a nutritional supplement. The substance is created by plants as part of their natural defense mechanisms against attacking pathogens like bacteria and fungus and since it has been discovered it has been the subject of a wide range of tests around the world. Although many of these tests have shown positive results in various life forms, there has been very little human testing, though there are twelve different clinical trial processes underway today in the US alone. In the meantime, there does not appear to be any negative short term effects of the substance in humans and there is absolutely no long term information available. So do resveratrol supplements really work?
There are many potential benefits of resveratrol, based largely on laboratory experiments on various non-human life forms, ranging from yeast and worms to fish and mice. The most popular have been claims about its potential to extend life and prevent cancer, but there are also other claims as well. These include increased physical endurance and that it reduces plaque formation in the brain, a key feature of Alzheimer's disease. Further the substance may serve as an anti-inflammatory and can help lower blood sugar. However, all of these claims are untested in humans with the exception of the blood sugar claim. In that particular instance, large doses provided in a proprietary blend have been shown to lower blood sugar.
In that the only two of the ongoing clinical trials of resveratrol already in Phase 3 testing (advanced human trials) refer to the substance's potential applications for Alzheimer's; it will probably be many years before there is any solid scientific data on the other claims. In the meantime, it can not be denied that many users have reported tangible benefits to taking resveratrol supplements. Skeptic argument that this is just the place effect, whereas other have taken the view that "where there is smoke, there is fire." That is, they argue that so many people would not be reporting benefits if there were none. Further, there do not appear to be any negative short term effects, so there appears to be no harm in trying the supplements to see if they work for you.