What You Probably Haven’t Heard About Resveratrol
What Is Resveratrol?
I’ll bet you’ve already heard that resveratrol may or may not be useful as a longevity supplement, but I’ll bet you haven’t heard that there’s also evidence that resveratrol may reduce your risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.
Heart disease can even strike down the physically fit if other risk factors like family history, poor diet, smoking, or excessive drinking are present, or even sometimes when they’re not: it’s a probability thing. There’s no sure way to prevent heart disease, but you can definitely reduce the risk.
Beyond that, resveratrol has many other possible benefits: it’s currently under intensive study. It might increase testosterone levels, it may reduce cancer risk, and it might help with regulating your blood pressure and with staying trim as you age: you may not notice it yet, but it gets harder to keep the fat off and maintain muscle mass as you age.
Long Term Benefits of Resveratrol
You’re probably exercising, eating well, etc. mostly for the short-term benefits, like replacing fat with muscle, becoming and staying fit, and looking and feeling great. That’s definitely cool, but the long-term health benefits are important to remember, too. You won’t be feeling great for long if you’re struck down by poor health, and it can happen to the best of us.
Just as you diversify your investment portfolio for healthy long-term returns, think about adding resveratrol to your long-term health portfolio to extend your years of fitness for as long as is humanly possible. You want to thrive, not just survive.
Besides what I’ve already mentioned, pad out your portfolio by also going for regular physical exams and maintaining a healthy weight. You won’t regret it. And speaking of investing, you’ll earn more money in the long run by staying healthy enough to keep on working and pursuing opportunities vigorously. In this sense, resveratrol more than pays for itself.
Honestly, resveratrol probably won’t do much for you now, but years and decades from now you may thank yourself for taking it. I think of it as part of my comprehensive insurance policy against heart disease and diabetes, along with regular exercise, healthy diet; the usual stuff. And maybe the whole longevity thing will pan out, too.
This Stuff Sounds Great, But Is It Safe?
Resveratrol is safe to take, and shows no signs of negative effect when taken at a reasonable dosage. Its also fat-soluble, so take it with a meal. It’s synergistic with quercetin, a bioflavonoid found in fruits and vegetables that you can also supplement (but eat those fruits and veggies anyhow: this will make your future self more awesome). Quercetin increases resveratrol’s bioavailability, and is also good for you in other ways.
Whatever your goals are, staying healthy will help you achieve them, since being unhealthy robs you of everything worthwhile in life, including your freedom. Don’t take your health for granted: consider investing in it now with resveratrol and reaping the dividends as you age. Your future is largely in your hands.