Resveratrol May Help Improve Bone Health in Men
Metabolic syndrome is associated with low-grade inflammation, which could potentially be harmful to bone health. A recent study suggest that supplements of resveratrol may help improve bone health by stimulating mineralization and bone formation in middle-aged men with metabolic syndrome.
Participants in the study included 74 men with an average age of 49 and an average body mass index (BMI) of 33.7. Over the course of 16 weeks, the men took either resveratrol supplements at 1000mg, 150mg, or a placebo daily.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted significant improvements in bone alkaline phosphatase levels in the high resveratrol group when compared with the placebo. Levels of bone alkaline phosphatase increase when bones are growing or bone cells are active.
Additionally, both resveratrol groups had significant improvements in lumbar spine trabecular volumetric bone mineral density, with the higher dose correlating with greater improvements.
Researchers from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on October 16, 2014, in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Previous studies have shown resveratrol to be a powerful antioxidant with health benefits that include increasing energy levels, improving brain health, reducing the appearance of aging, improving metabolism, and improving liver function.
This antioxidant can be found in red wine, grapes, grape seed extract, and peanuts. A glass of red wine a day can provide a good amount of resveratrol, but excess drinking may counter balance the positive health benefits. Another good way to get resveratrol is through a high quality supplement.