Resveratrol can fight vision loss
Can a glass of wine protect your eyes and fight macular degeneration, as all the recent headlines claim?
Well... no... but pour yourself a glass and drink up -- it's good for you anyway -- while I pour some cold water on the new study.
This one, on mice, finds that resveratrol -- the so-called "red wine antioxidant" -- can block the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the eyes and even cause the ones that are already there to vanish.
Those abnormal blood vessels are what ultimately lead to macular degeneration, the number one cause of vision loss in people over the age of 55. It might also help fight other forms of vision loss, including diabetic retinopathy.
So far so good... so what's my beef with it? Nothing, if we're just talking about resveratrol.
But as far as red wine goes, you'd have to polish off several bottles a night to get amounts equivalent to what was used in the new study.
That won't protect your vision. That'll give you a permanent blur -- not to mention a wobble when you walk.
You see, the media can't resist hyping the "red wine" angle for any study on resveratrol. But truth is, red wine might be great for your health -- any alcohol is, in moderation -- but it's not a great source of resveratrol.
So if you want to get this or any other benefit of resveratrol, get your hands on a quality supplement. You'll find resveratrol sold on its own or as part of an antioxidant blend.
And feel free to wash it down with that glass of wine.
PS: If you really want to protect your peepers, take some fish oil. Fish oil can reduce the risk of both forms of AMD -- "wet" and "dry" -- by a third or more. Learn more in this free report from the Daily Dose archives.