The year 2006 was filled with exciting research about a compound called resveratrol. This molecule found in red wine is attributed with protecting against cancer and numerous cardiovascular diseases, improving the immune response, promoting anti-aging effects, and protecting against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Additionally in 2005 research was conducted in rats showing that resveratrol prevents bone loss associated with aging (osteoporosis).
Researchers put a damper on this exciting compound--1 liter of red wine only contains about 2 milligrams of resveratrol. What they failed to mention is that there is a much more potent source of the compound--a Chinese herb called Hu Zhang, Latin name Polygonum Cuspidatum. The herb is available in a supplement I highly recommend called Zyflamend (made by New Chapter). In two capsule of Zyflamend there is 6.4milligrams of resveratrol--the equivalent of over 3 liters of wine!
Read a scientific review of resveratrol here.
Read a New York Times article on resveratrol here.
Read information on Hu Zhang preventing bone loss here.
Read information on resveratrol from Hu Zhang and cancer prevention here.