A few weeks ago, Dave contacted me and told me he felt awful. He had a terrible sinus infection that just wouldn't go away. The doctor gave him three rounds of antibiotics, and not one of them made a dent in the infection. Once Dave told me that, I knew it was time to look in a different direction.
Antibiotics, as you may know, kill bacteria. They don't work on viruses. And they don't work on fungus. What his doctor didn't know (and should have) is that most sinus infections are not bacterial infections. Most sinus infections are either viral (acute sinus infections) or fungal (chronic sinus infections).
Dave's case was chronic. He had developed polyps in his nose from a previous bout. And now he was feeling the same way. So I had a pretty good idea that he needed to fight a fungal infection. That was news to Dave. He asked me why his doctor didn't know that. The truth is most doctors don't think sinus infections are anything but bacterial infections. They don't think they need to look any deeper. They just write a prescription for antibiotics and send you on your way.
I told Dave to try some resveratrol. Why resveratrol? A couple of reasons. First, grapes produce resveratrol when they're under attack by fungi. In other words, resveratrol is one of God's most powerful natural antifungals. If it works to protect grapes, it should work to protect people, right? Well, a new study says yes!
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A study just released in June tested high-dose resveratrol on eosinophilic rhinosinusitis in mice. In simple terms, eosinophilic rhinosinusitis is a chronic condition where fungi attack the lining of the sinuses and cause infection and polyps in the nose. We all have fungi in our sinuses, but some people are susceptible to infection. Dave is one who is highly susceptible.
So how did the resveratrol perform in the study? The researchers found that the fungal infection "was significantly decreased by administration of high-dose resveratrol."
The "high-dose" part of the study is important. When I told Dave to try resveratrol, he was desperate to get started right away. So we drove over to a health food store and bought some off the shelf. I told him to take about six tablets a day. He e-mailed me later that day and said that he started feeling better within an hour of starting the resveratrol.
Was it really the resveratrol working? Or was it a placebo? A couple days later, Dave ran out of the resveratrol and started taking a different product. When he switched, he accidently started taking a lower dose. Almost immediately, he started feeling bad again. Once he increased the dose again, he started feeling better almost instantly. Dave said it was obvious the high-dose resveratrol was having a clear impact on the infection.
Resveratrol has taken some heat in recent years, but it remains one of my favorite nutrients. It obviously works. The researchers in the study said the reason it worked on the mice was "its anti-inflammatory effect." That's possible. But I think there's more to it. Other studies show that resveratrol can work on cancers caused by fungus (I'll have more on that in the future). And given the reason grapes produce it, I think resveratrol is the perfect natural antifungal.
So if you have chronic sinus infections, try taking some resveratrol. The brand I recommend - and the one that worked for Dave - is Advanced Resveratrol Formula
from Advanced Bionutritionals. The one he bought in the store worked well too. But you can follow this link
to see why I recommend Advanced Resveratrol Formula. Even with this fantastic product, you'll need to take more than the recommended dosage on the bottle, perhaps two or three times as much. If that doesn't work, talk to your integrative physician to see if you should take more.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
Allergy. 2013 Jul;68(7):862-9. doi: 10.1111/all.12132. Epub 2013 Jun 10.