Beware of antioxidant hype. You’d have to
|Resveratrol is an antioxidant that has gotten a lot of press in the last few years: a polyphenol found in the skins, seeds and stems of grapes. Studies in mice have shown that it increases cellular productivity and longevity, leading to a longer and healthier life. Where can you find resveratrol? In red wine!
Now, there are resveratrol supplements, enabling you to “enjoy all the health benefits of red wine, without the adverse effects of alcohol.” Otherwise, you would need to drink a gallon of red wine a day to show the effects observed in mice. That’s not doable for the population at large because of the cost, the calories, and, oh yes, the need to be sober and carry on with one’s life.
ReserveAge Organics is one brand of resveratrol dietary supplement capsules. Sixty capsules, a two-month supply, have a suggested retail price of $39.99. You can find them discounted to $30.99 on Drugstore.com and $29.99 on VitaminShoppe.com (which lists the suggested retail as $35.99).
Is it worth $360 a year for whatever “longer and healthier life” you’ll get from a daily capsule of resveratrol? You be the judge. (You can give up cholesterol, start exercising, etc. for free.) The bigger point is that, every time you read an article about the antioxidants in chocolate or whatever, remember the
|resveratrol example: a gallon of red wine a day. The press is very big on spreading the hype, without providing the essential details. You generally need to consume a lot of something to get the antioxidant benefit—more than is feasible to consume. The exception is green tea: eight cups a day should do it.|
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