When it comes to antioxidants, which is best: curcumin, grapeseed, pycnogenol, or resveratrol?
Q. Dear Terry, “When it comes to antioxidants, which is best: curcumin, grapeseed, pycnogenol, or resveratrol?” — Judy Z., Milwaukee, WI
A. Dear Judy, Great question! The number of options on the store shelf can make it very confusing.
I believe curcumin and grape seed extract are the two most powerful antioxidants around. Both curcumin and grape seed extract have shown tremendous benefits for heart disease, killing cancer cells, increasing the healing of damaged muscle tissue, reducing inflammation, and can even stop diabetes and prevent weight gain.
You should consider adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to your daily regimen. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin, twice a day. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so you need to make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin.
I would recommend that you take 150-1200 mg of grape seed extract, three times a day. Please note that most of the studies on grape seed extract used 400 mg, three times a day. When looking for a grape seed extract, it is important to choose one that is standardized to contain only OPCs that are small enough to be absorbed, so you’ll get the maximum benefits. Many extracts contain tannins, which are too large to be effectively absorbed, and don’t contribute to your health the same way that OPCs do. However, these tannins are counted as OPCs and enhance the label claim, even though they cannot be absorbed! Tannin-free is best.
Terry . . . Naturally