It’s true that if you lead a Grain Brain-friendly lifestyle, you should avoid the temptation to crack open a cold beer (even the gluten-free kind). However, that doesn’t mean all alcohol is off-limits. In fact, you can, and I do, enjoy the occasional glass of red wine. The reason for this? Not just because it tastes great and pairs well with all that grass-fed beef you’ll be eating, but because it’s a source of small amounts of resveratrol, a natural compound found in grapes.
Resveratrol has delivered a reputation for being able to deliver a whole host of benefits to our body, ranging from promoting heart health to boosting blood flow to slowing down the dreaded aging process. One study explored the relationship between resveratrol and diabetic nephropathy, and is available for you to read here on my website. In short, it found that resveratrol can wield potential preventative effects on DN, the major cause of end-stage renal disease. We owe much of science’s renewed focus on the study of resveratrol’s impact to Harvard’s Dr. David Sinclair, whose 2006 study “Therapeutic Potential of Resveratrol: the in vivo Evidence” stimulated renewed interest in the power of resveratrol.
However, don’t try to drink your way to a minimum daily requirement of resveratrol. Recently, I advised a daily intake should be about 100/mg, taken twice daily. You can’t get that from a glass of wine (or two).