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Healing Lyme
Resveratrol vs. trans-resveratrol
with Stephen Harrod Buhner, master herbalist


Dear Stephen,
I have been working my way up through the Buhner core lyme protocol during the past few months. I have extreme chemical sensitivity (from toxic molds) and cannot tolerate the Source Naturals resveratrol because of the binders and fillers. Instead I am using the Pure Encapsulations version, but don’t know how the dosage compares, since it says “standardized to contain 20% transresveratrol — 40mg/capsule”. The company told me that what I need is the “trans” version… is that correct? If so, is the amount of trans-resveratrol to be taken the same as the amount of resveratrol you recommend?

Also, the wholistic pharmacy told me that Resveratrol is contraindicated when antifungals (I’m on sporanox and nystatin) are being used, per the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. That volume also mentions problems with resveratrol being a phytoestrogen and not recommended in cases of hormone-based cancers (such as ovarian).

Stephen’s response:
What you really need to be taking is Japanese knotweed root. That root contains resveratrol, trans-resveratrol and other wonderful constituents, all of which are useful for lyme. And, no, it is not correct that you need the trans version. Further, the estrogenic actions of resveratrol occur primarily in isolation rather than in whole root form which contains a lot of things besides resveratrol. And no, knotweed root is not contraindicated with antifungals. The Source Naturals form of the caplet that I recommend is recommended because it is essential whole root knotweed that is standardized to contain a certain percentage of resveratrol. What I would recommend is that you get the whole root in encapsulated form. You can get it from Tim Scott at in Bratteleboro, VT.

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  • Daniel

    January 12, 2010 at 4:01 am

    You DO need the trans version.
    That’s why the most reputable companies such as Biotivia sell products standardized for the trans isomer. Review the scientific literature on resveratrol and you’ll know why BioForte and Transmax are your #1 choises when it comes to resveratrol supplementation.

  • Mark Juliano

    January 12, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Try Vindure 900 from Vinomis Laboratories. It has 400 mg of 98% pure Trans-Resveratrol + another 500 mg of Red Wine grape extract and Quercetin for bioavailability.

  • Barbara

    January 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    My husband is attempting to heal his Lyme Disease. We cannot find through Source Naturals, the Japanese Knotweed 500mg. We live in NH. Can you help us?

  • earthwalker

    January 22, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    If the above link for Source Naturals is not working, you can just try a search.

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