In the search for safe and effective diet aids, you may come across information on resveratrol. Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant, but can it also help with weight loss? In this article we will look at the facts about this natural supplement and how it is believed to work for weight loss. We will also consider the possible side effects.
What Is Resveratrol?
Resveratrol is a natural substance found in the skins of some fruit and other foods. Red grapes are especially rich in resveratrol but it is also found in blueberries, peanuts, dark chocolate and the plant Japanese knotweed, from which most supplements used as anti aging and diet aids are derived. Resveratrol is believed to be one of the reasons that red wine has been found to have beneficial effects when drunk in small quantities.
Uses Of Resveratrol
Resveratrol’s best known use is as an anti aging supplement. It is believed to help the body to rejuvenate by killing off old cells so that the cellular structure stays fresh. This ‘cleaning up’ action may also help prevent cancer (which is caused by overgrowth of cells). It has also been found to have antiviral properties and is sometimes used to prevent outbreaks in people who have the herpes virus.
Finally, resveratrol has been shown to lower blood sugar levels in several studies. This could be helpful for diabetics or if you have pre-diabetes. However, it’s important to talk to your doctor before taking it for this purpose because it might interfere with other diabetic medications.
How It Works For Weight Loss
After hearing about all of these other effects of resveratrol, you may be wondering why it is listed among diet aids! This is a good question. The reason is that some studies have found that it increases the metabolism of fat so that fat is converted to energy instead of being stored in the body. One such study carried out on mice at the University of Georgia found that resveratrol helped to prevent weight gain in mice who were fed a high fat diet.
So resveratrol is not a fat blocker but it is believed to help us digest fat. This could be helpful for people who suffer from the side effects of fat blockers like orlistat.
Like other diet aids, resveratrol works best if you pay attention to what you eat and try to get some exercise. It should help with hunger and cravings but sometimes people have eating habits that are psychologically addicting. It’s important to overcome these by changing your routine, e.g. switching to fruit if you are in the habit of grazing on chips or chocolate while watching TV.
Is It Safe?
There are no particular side effects to resveratrol as far as we know but it’s better not to take too much. While most research has demonstrated benefits both in terms of weight loss and for anti aging, there have not been any studies in long term use in humans. Like most supplements, it is not recommended for use by pregnant or nursing women. It can interfere with certain medications so if you decide to take diet aids that include resveratrol, check it out with your doctor first.