May 2011 Issue

Behind the Buzz on Resveratrol

If you read the information on many dietary supplement websites, you might become convinced that scientists have found the "magic bullet" that prevents or cures all ailments—and its name is resveratrol. The substance is found in foods like red wine, grapes, peanuts, berries, juices, a Japanese tea called Itadori, soy, and even chocolate. Resveratrol supplements claim to be the "fountain of youth," promising benefits like weight loss, delayed aging, performance and metabolism boost, and even elimination of cancer-causing agents and heart disease risk. Is there any truth behind the buzz?

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