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Its true that a great deal of online information about health and supplements is at best misleading and quite often, wrong. And doctors often take a conservative path with herbal compounds, because of the admonition "first do no wrong"
Also, many herbal compounds, like for example, the beladonna alkaloids in atropa beladonna, which are used by doctors to dilate eyes.. can also cause dangerous side effecs, like hallucinations or even death, i.e. "deadly nighshade"
Resveratrol, an active chemical in grapes and red wine, is considered part of a sacrament in the Christian community.. and its curious and interesting on many levels that of all things, a compound found in red wine has been found to extend animal life. Not quite to the "eternal" level, but still, interesting.
Everything in science is "interesting" though, even things which seem irrelevant.
Originally Posted by Doconabike
Do take caution, though, about online recommendations for new medications or supplements that have not been adequately tested in humans. Our scientific history is littered with drugs and supplements that seem fine in models using mice or other non-humans, but then don't have the desired effects in humans. We also have to be careful about using refined specific molecules. It's very healthy to eat grapes, peanuts, and other sources of resveratrol, but we don't actually have large studies yet to show safety for taking refined resveratrol.
We have excellent data to show that a diet high in fruits and vegetables, especially coupled with lifestyle rich in exercise, is healthy for us. My personal preference is to eat the yummy fruits and veggies and to avoid the manufactured or refined products. More research may show that refined resveratrol might be good for humans, but given the history of similar products, this seems unlikely.
Be careful, with all foods and supplements..both for safety and because of poential exposure to pesticides as well..
I wouldn't say its unlikely.. at this point.. I would not say that at all.. because it's been a huge help for me.. But My own experience may not be others..
I am not a doctor! I just read a lot.
Last edited by christ0ph; 11-25-11 at 11:27 PM.