Resveratrol is one of those controversial supplements touted as a great breakthrough for overall cellular repair and therefore rejuvenation.
The Life Extension Blog has an excellent discussion of a study reported in the Journal of Cell Metabolism about the success of resveratrol in mimicking the effects of caloric restriction.
Of course calorie restriction has supposedly been found to be the only truly effective life span extending technique, but who really wants to subject themselves to the misery of deprivation? After all, it’s the quality of life that matters rather than the length of it – or is this just me?
Anyway, this 30 day clinical study (unfortunately for only 11 obese men) using 150 mg of resveratrol (resVida) per day found significant improvements in
- Systolic blood pressure
- Improved insulin sensitivity
- Lower inflammatory markers in both blood and muscle
The study also concluded that the supplement did mimic the positive effects of calorie restriction without the deprivation – GOOD NEWS!! What they didn’t mention, was “Did this translate to weight loss?” which is the other big resveratrol claim.