I’ve been authoring this website for a few years and feel like I’ve researched every nuance of resveratrol. I’ve interviewed doctors, researchers, vineyard owners and authors to make sure I truly presented the best resveratrol information on the web.
After three years of research, I figure I qualify as a resveratrol expert now and thought perhaps I should shed light on some of the books in the marketplace talking about it.
So the first book I chose was Resveratrol by Beth Geisler. I chose that one because most of the other books on the market are either about antioxidants or longevity – not too many specifically unveiling the secrets behind resveratrol itself.
So let’s get to it: my Resveratrol Book Review
Beth Geisler’s Resveratrol
This book is a pretty comprehensive look at resveratrol from a layman’s perspective. Beth Geisler has no issue taking apart complex issues and making them simple. If she’s got a gift, that’s it.
What is isn’t is a scientific look at the molecule. There aren’t any diagrams of the resveratrol molecule or anything as micro as that. That kind of stuff seems to be reserved for scientific papers, biology and chemistry books. So if you’re looking for details on the bonds within the molecule, stick to using Google image search.
For the rest of us interested in nutrition, eating better, healthy wine and the power of antioxidants in the body, Beth Geisler’s Resveratrol is the read you need.
What’s in it?
I read the book in one sitting, which made me smile. Even though a good portion was the kinds of things I wrote myself, I loved the tone and the angle. But more than anything, I learned some stuff myself (which I hate to even admit at this stage).
The book is organized the way I’d hoped it would be. Beth first introduces resveratrol to the reader, then flows into the sources of resveratrol. (The book has some great charts showing how much resveratrol is in the different food sources).
She then moves on to red wine and what make it healthy, then to longevity and concludes with all kinds of medical research about the proven benefits of resveratrol.
Pretty comprehensive and you feel like you really understand it when you’re done.
Confession: I didn’t know it all
Despite my best efforts to corner every food source that contains resveratrol, I learned from Beth’s book that I failed. I did not know that hops and lingon berries contained resveratrol. That was a pleasant surprise.
Beth’s explanation of a sirtuin activator was pretty fantastic. That part of the book cleared up a few things I didn’t even know were fuzzy. I have a completely refreshed understanding of the terms and am quite grateful for it.
I was also pleasantly surprised to learn about a few websites that can aid you in your resveratrol research. One of them is a government library of supplement labels and the other a place to get a report on the real efficacy of a supplement. Very helpful tips.
All in all I would recommend Beth Geisler’s Resveratrol. Like I said earlier, it’s not a scientific publication so don’t buy it if you’re looking for chemical bonds, electron pairs or covalence.
But if you love reading health stuff, you’ll enjoy this for sure.