Laupheimer, M.W.; Perry, M.; Malliaris, P.; Berdejo-del-Fresno, D.; Maffulli, N.; Hemmings, S. (2013). Resveratrol: A review of basic science and potencial indications in sports and exercise medicine. Journal of Sport and Health Research. 5(3):237-250.



Objectives: To systematically review the literature to identify possible indications for Resveratrol in sports and exercise medicine and suggest future avenues of research.

Methods: Literature was identified, selected and appraised with the methods of a systemic review. Potentially relevant publications to answer the research question were identified by searching the following databases: PubMed, Cochrane Library,  Google Scholar and Ovid.

Results: Originally 962 articles were identified, of which five were found to be appropriate for inclusion in the review. 4 of them were experimental animal studies with in-vivo and ex-vivo analysis and one was a double-blind, placebo controlled cross-over study with human subjects. 3of the four animal studies showed an endurance enhancement of the mice treated with Resveratrol. All of the animal studies showed basic changes to support the hypothesis of a possible performance enhancement due to cellular changes and possible additional improvement of effects of exercise combined with Resveratrol treatment.

Conclusion: Resveratrol as a food supplement in sports and exercise medicine has not received much attention, despite strong basic scientific evidence that this substance could have multiple indications related to high performance sports as well as enhancement of the health benefits of exercise for the general population.




Performance, health benefits, humans, fat burning


Journal of Sport and Health Research - 2009