The French Paradox, not to mince words for those not familiar with the term, asks the question, “How do the French manage to avoid serious heart problems when they eat all that beef, with all those exquisite but artery-hardening sauces and all the pastries and bread?” Not to mention all the pâté they ingest.
The answer from science is resveratrol. Not a word to come trippingly off the tongue, but describing succinctly the element in red wine that has huge health benefits for anyone, but most particularly those with heart problems from cholesterol and related diseases. For many wine drinkers an admonition from their doctor to drink more red wine is a godsend. “What! You want me to drink more wine?”
The story only begins there, however. Not everyone can drink a bottle of red every day, although many people do with little lasting negative effect. What is most exciting for those who abstain from alcohol, or only drink wine infrequently, or have developed allergies to red wine, is the fact that this extract of red wine can be isolated and provided in a capsule that will not get you drunk, but provide the health benefit of up to 100 bottles of wine without delirium tremens or even a mild hiccup.
The story does not end there, either. What if one could get those health benefits and also improve their ability to compete in athletic endeavors, with a boost in performance? Studies suggest that this may be the case.
In the world of resveratrol supplements, there are varying combination. One natural supplement provider, Vinomis, Inc., is currently running trials on athletic performance boosts using Vindure 900, a product that combines resveratrol with quercetin and other beneficial supplements – a formula that was developed by a celebrated heart specialist, Bryan Donahue.
Anecdotal information suggests that the average American, taking this supplement, may be able to see demonstrable improvement in endurance. Vinomis wants to quantify results and is looking for amateur athletes between 30 and 70 to take the Vinomis Challenge and record their performance for 30 days. Joggers, swimmers and cyclists are being recruited, and the results will be published this fall. For more information, see www.vindurance.com.