The recent buzz around resveratrol and its anti-aging properties and health benefits also has many people wondering if there are any resveratrol side effects they should know about before trying it. As with any medication or supplement, knowing beforehand what to expect is important.
Resveratrol side effects are not completely known. It will take years of studies and documenting the health of people who follow a regiment including resveratrol. However, there are some things about resveratrol that are known.
Resveratrol, the antioxidant that is found in red wine, grape juice and other natural foods, is known to have characteristics similar to estrogen. Women who have sensitivity to estrogen or who have medical conditions that are contraindicative of estrogen use should not supplement with resveratrol.
The estrogenic-like side effect of resveratrol also makes it unhealthy for children, women who are nursing, pregnant or might become pregnant. This is due to estrogenic properties which could cause issues with growth.
Resveratrol has been shown to be a heart-healthy supplement. This is thought to be due to its blood thinning properties. This side effect is contradictive in patients who are taking blood thinning agents already. As with any medication or supplement, a physician should be consulted before adding it to their daily regimen.
Some people taking the antioxidant have noted some negative resveratrol side effects when the dosage is very high, notably 500-1000 milligrams. These side effects include diarrhea, headaches and anxiety. It should also be noted that abnormal blood tests and overly thin blood have also been seen in high doses of resveratrol.
Some users reported initial periods of insomnia when first starting to use resveratrol; however, it does appear to decrease over the first one to two weeks.
A change in energy level, similar to that of having consumed too much caffeine, has also been noted by some users of the antioxidant. Others liken the resveratrol side effect to a dizziness or sudden rush.
A polar opposite side effect that has been noted is flu-like feeling. Rather than feeling a rush of energy, some users indicated aches and pains similar to that of the flu, a general overall under the weather feeling. Joint pain has also been indicated in some cases.
Resveratrol side effects range from none to a myriad of different conditions, none of which have proven serious or life threatening. Many people who use resveratrol and have been surveyed or studied have indicated that starting with a low dosage and increasing in small stages helps to avoid the occurrence of side effects. Others have reported that the side effects subside over a short period of time.
It is important to note that like all medications and supplements, side effects do not always occur. Some people have more sensitive body make-up than others and will experience a few side effects. Many more people will not experience any side effects and be able to use the antioxidant without any negativity.
Always consult with a doctor or pharmacist before taking resveratrol or any supplement.