Can Resveratrol Overcome the Negative Side Effects of Widely Used Drugs?
New studies constantly reveal negative side effects of both prescription and over the counter drugs.
As a result of recent studies revealing that statin drugs (e.g. brand names such as Crestor, Zocor, Lipitor etc.) can increase the risk of diabetes, memory loss, and confusion, the FDA announced that it plans to required pharma companies to warn the public on its labeling about these increased risks. According to one prominent cardiologist, Eric Topol at Scripps Health,"The diabetes issue is a really big deal. We're overcooking the statin use." As to confusion and memory loss, Amy Egan of the FDA stated "these cognitive changes can be quite dramatic" and "sustained". For its part, resveratrol has been found to decrease the effects of Type II diabetes in humans and improve metabolic function, as though the people taking the resveratrol were on a calorie restricted diet. Resveratrol has also been shown to improve blood flow to the brain [Studies are ongoing as to its ability to help the elderly with regard to brain function].
Another study revealed that popular prescription antidepressants and painkillers, and over the counter antihistamines (e.g. Tylenol PM, Advil PM, Aleve PM) block the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is imperative in brain function. As a result, people - especially the elderly – taking these medications can suffer from cognitive impairment and memory loss. Resveratrol, on the other hand, has been found to suppress an enzyme that destroys acetylcholine – as a result, it can increase acetylcholine.
As always, consult with your physicial when mixing prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs, and/or neutraceuticals.