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It’s safe to say Chang Chang is unlike any other Peter Chang restaurant. The two-for-one concept highlights Chang’s beloved Szechuan classics at lunch and for takeout—yes, his fiery mapo tofu and sticky spareribs glistening with sweet and sour sauce are available—and offers a different evening menu of more progressive Chinese cuisine served in a breezy, white-walled dining room with pale wood furniture that feels more Mediterranean than East Asian.

Chang’s first venture in D.C. is the 13th in a sprawling family business with outposts throughout Maryland and Virginia—including Bethesda’s Q By Peter Chang, Mama Chang in Fairfax, and Baltimore’s NiHao—and one in Connecticut. Perched at the confluence of Dupont, Downtown, and the West End, the name of his latest offspring nods to a multigenerational approach: His daughter and business partner, Lydia Chang, takes the leadership role in the project. “I want to do something different; do something more challenging,” she says.

Mission accomplished.

Though the daytime and to-go offerings are largely Chang’s greatest hits, the dinnertime experience eschews tried-and-true favorites for more forward-focused fare. This half of the concept was developed by head chef Simon Lam, who leans in to his Chinese Vietnamese heritage. Lam, a rising talent, has been with Chang’s company for several years and helped open NiHao after working for José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup (now the José Andrés Group) for a decade. Of course, Peter Chang weighed in on the menu. “We did a lot of tasting,” says Lydia Chang. “And we got his blessing.”

Hamachi crudo at Chang Chang
Hamachi crudo Credit: Nevin Martell

There are plenty of shareable small presentations to kick off an evening, somewhat confusingly lumped into three categories: vegetables, bites, and small plates. My first favorite: mushroom spring rolls with shattery wrappings accompanied by XO-adjacent WO sauce for dipping. However, the hamachi crudo proves most memorable. Pale pink folds of fish hide tongue tingling house-made hot mustard with matchsticked apples, razor-thin radishes, and shiso leaves offering respite.

Crab fried rice is a big ol’ bowl of comfort, full of sweet jumbo Maryland lump and glistening with a storm of golden fried garlic. The rice is intensely fluffy, like little clouds. The trick? Half a dozen eggs get cracked into this fried rice.

Curried seafood with bubble pancake at Chang Chang
Chang Chang’s curried seafood with bubble pancake Credit: Nevin Martell

For those seeking larger portions, there’s a curried seafood dish plump with shrimp, scallops, and handmade fish balls. Practically floating on the edge of the bowl is one of Peter Chang’s iconic bubble pancakes, a featherweight deep-fried dirigible. Long before Grant Achatz was wowing diners with his edible balloon at Alinea, Chang was serving these whimsical orbs. They may not float, but they still provide a moment of childish wonder as you rip into one, then nosh on it as it slowly deflates. Make sure to tear away to save your fingers from the venting steam.

The duck presentation is another showstopper, featuring a Rohan four ways. The breast is cured in five spice, aged for three days, tea smoked, then slow roasted to crisp up the skin. Blushing slices sit on caramelized plum and are accompanied by sweet and sour style sauce. Nothing goes to waste. The legs are turned into confit, then concealed with forbidden rice inside phyllo dough shaped to look like a giant eye, or perhaps the crown of some creature birthing from its shell. Nicely caramelized wings get a kick from five spice, while the liver is used to fill the wontons floating in the duck soup.

Duck preparation at Chang Chang
Chang Chang’s Rohan duck presentation Credit: Nevin Martell

There were some stumbles during my visit. Curving strips of eel, looking like a mound of tentacles, were so sugary they tasted candied. Chilied eggplant arrived with plops of cold whipped tofu that added no discernable flavor but distracted with its alternate temperature. And kung pao Wagyu was a tumble of bell pepper, onions, and peanuts, but where’s the beef?

Desserts are handled by irrepressible, supremely talented pastry chef Pichet Ong, a partner in the venture, who was working as a server the night I visited (“All hands on deck,” he told me before dashing off to another table). His approach here is to add Chinese and other Asian elements to more Westernized sweets. Think key lime pie, but made with calamansi and passion fruit and topped with batons of black pepper meringue, and a fudgy chocolate tart crowned with a lacey sesame cookie.

Calamansi and passion fruit tart from Chang Chang
Passionfruit Pie Credit: Nevin Martell

When I went a week after it opened, the beverage program was a work in progress, as the owners were still looking for someone to oversee the bar offerings, which will include an expanded cocktail list and a selection of baijiu, a strong, clear Chinese spirit made with sorghum and other grains.

The space boasts 180 seats distributed among larger tables good for multigenerational family dinners in the front and booths and cozy alcoves at the back. A patio with a couple dozen seats will debut in the spring.

Decor is spare. New York City-based food photographer Melissa Hom shot portraits of the dishes, which hang in the atrium, while the walls still feature whited out Buddhist art belonging to the Thai restaurant that previously occupied the space. The most colorful corner is the pickup counter, where sweet treats sit under glass cloches and the shelves behind it are dotted with a flurry of tchotchkes and charming animal statuettes—an owl, bull, and cat all make appearances. It feels more like a cute coffee shop than a Peter Chang restaurant, and that’s the point. This is a new generation at play.

Chang Chang, 1200 19th St. NW, Suite. 110 (202) 570-0946. changchangdc.com

Got a tip on a new restaurant opening? Email goodtaste@washingtoncitypaper.com. Follow Nevin on Instagram @nevinmartell and on Twitter @nevinmartell.

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If you ever have issues falling asleep, rest assured you’re far from the only one suffering from sleepless nights. In fact, nearly 70 million people in the U.S. deal with sleep issues at some point, with up to 30% of adults experiencing short-term insomnia. 

While some people find comfort in hot tea before bed, melatonin, sleep medication, the relaxing sounds of beach waves, or breathing exercises, this might not always be the answer. While it’s always best to consult with a medical professional about your options, you might want to consider CBN. 

Cannabinol, more commonly known as CBN, is a compound found in the cannabis plant. It’s usually found in higher amounts in aged THC, but can also be produced synthetically and used along with other cannabinoids. 

Just like its chemical cousin CBD, CBN isn’t psychoactive. This means you won’t get a “high” off of it, but there are many other reasons people try it out to make the most of its potential benefits (including a full night’s sleep). 

We’ve rounded up a list of our favorite CBN products targeted toward sleep, so keep reading to learn more about this cannabinoid and find peace during long nights of tossing and turning. 

Key Takeaways

  • While more research is needed to determine the benefits of CBN, many people use it to fight insomnia. 
  • CBN isn’t psychoactive or mind-altering. 
  • We’ve outlined tips to help you pick the right CBN product. 

A Quick Look at the Best CBN Gummies for Sleep

Best CBN Gummies for Sleep

FOCL: Best CBD Gummies for Sleep & Editors Pick

FOCL Full Spectrum CBD + CBN Sleep Gummies are our prized editor’s pick, and it’s easy to see why. These melt-in-you-mouth chews are packed with 25mg of premium CBD and 15mg of CBN, made to support you during long sleepless nights and let you rest while still waking up refreshed and ready to take on the day. 

Because they’re made out of only four ingredients, you’ll know exactly what you’re putting in your body without any worries. The full-spectrum hemp CBD brings an entourage effect to the table, while organic CBN tackles insomnia. Plus, L-theanine eases stress and supports sleep while passion flower extract adds another boost to the sleep-inducing gummies. 

Why FOCL is the #1 Name in CBN Sleep Gummies

FOCL has consistently proven that the brand is dedicated to delivering high-quality products that are effective, tackling wellness issues, and ultimately helping you live a better life by sleeping and performing better. Their commitment to gaining their customer’s trust is backed up by a devotion to quality and transparency because they believe we all deserve only the best of the best.

The founder of FOCL, Ken Lawson, was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in his 20’s. After years of suffering from stress, fatigue, brain fog, joint pain, and other symptoms, he realized he had to change his life. Ken changed his diet, exercise routine, and stress management, before realizing there was something else that went a long way: CBD. Thus, FOCL was born (and we get to enjoy every bit of it). 

Batch:  Best CBN for Sleeping

Moving on to the coveted prize of the best CBN for sleeping, we’ve got to give it to BATCH CBD Nighttime CBD + CBN Gummies. Made to enhance and improve your nighttime routine and wake-up time, these natural raspberry-flavored gummies deliver effects and great taste. 

With 25mg of full-spectrum CBD oil, another 15mg of pure CBN, 25mg of passion flower extract, plus 50mg of L-theanine, these chews’ ingredients work together to give you a stress-free, relaxing, and calm evening that’ll have you falling asleep before you can finish counting sheep. 

How Batch CBD Became a Leader in CBD + CBN Gummies for Sleep

Batch CBD mixes the best of both worlds: the young and hip side of the modern cannabis world with the tradition of an old-timey farm that is dedicated to supporting local communities and creating from the heart. 

All of Batch CBD hemp is home-grown in a rural Wisconsin town, where generations of farmers have used bountiful soil left unscathed by the Ice Age Glacier to farm pure and sunshine-grown crops (and now: hemp!). The brand was founded by three lifelong friends who turned a passion project into a growing business, and have consistently made their way up the food chain by creating effective, safe, and amazing products. 

Green Roads: Best Broad Spectrum Sleep Gummy

Green Roads Sleepy Zs CBD + CBN Gummies are a great addition to your evening routine. Made to support sleep, which is one of the most crucial aspects of your health and well-being, these blackberry-flavored chews have 5mg of melatonin, plus 25mg of CBD and CBN. The delicious gummies are designed to make you fall asleep and stay asleep, allowing you to wake up refreshed and feel more rested and productive all day.

Dragon Hemp: Best Organic CBN Gummy

If you need a little extra help getting to sleep, turn to Dragon Hemp Sleep Gummies. These sleep-inducing gummies allow you to fall asleep and stay asleep all night, with 20mg of premium-grade CBD and 5mg of CBN that’ll have you dosing off in no time. Plus, these are a great pick for those who prefer organic products: they’re vegan, organic, and low-sugar. 

Otterspace: Best-Tasting CBN Gummy

To enjoy the feeling of the moon’s light on your cheeks as you get lulled to sleep, try Otterspace Nighttime CBD + CBN Gummies. They’re here to take the night shift so you don’t have to worry about anything except trying to run faster than a slow jog in your dreams. With a lick-your-lips raspberry flavor, these are definitely one of the best-tasting gummies out there. Enjoy 25mg of CBD and 15mg of CBN to blissfully drift off. 

Slumber CBN: Best Zero-Melatonin Sleep Gummy

Melatonin can be a great complement to help you fall asleep, but it isn’t for everyone. If you’re on the lookout for a melatonin-free sleep supplement, try Slumber CBN Extra-Strength CBN Gummies for Sleep. The good people at Slumber spent two years formulating and perfecting this fast-acting formula that puts 15mg of CBN into delicious and effective gummies that deliciously taste like vanilla and blueberries. 

Moonwlkr: Best Vegan Sleep Gummy

Vegans, we’ve got you. Enjoy the goodness of vegan-friendly CBN with Moonwlkr CBD:CBN Sleep Gummies. One of the most potent gummies out there, these mixed-berry-flavored chews pack 10mg of CBN and 25mg of CBD per gummy. Because CBN is thought to be stronger than CBD when it comes to the sleep department, the 10mg will definitely do the trick and have you sleeping all through the night, guilt-free. 

Dosist: Best Lavender-Infused CBN

Lavender has often been used to help people fall asleep, from teas to essential oils and candles. Now, enjoy lavender in gummy form with Dosist Sleep CBD:CBN Blackberry Lavender Gummies. Made to encourage sleep and restfulness, these delicious gummies use nanoblend technology to increase bioavailability, absorption, and faster onset. 

Enjoy Hemp: Best High-Potency Sleep Gummy

For a Delta-8 and CBN experience, you’ll want to take a look at Enjoy Hemp Unwind Delta-8 + CBN Gummies. These high-potency gummies are filled with 40mg of Delta-8 THC and 10mg of CBN each, allowing you to enjoy an entourage effect with Indica-specific terpenes that’ll help you unwind and reduce stress. Especially good for your evening routine, you’ll be able to plop into bed and let yourself be taken away by the dream fairies faster than you can say tetrahydrocannabinol. 

Dad Grass: Best-Quality Sleep Gummies

If you’re looking for a super-high-quality way to take CBN, look no further than the Dad Grass Nighttime Formula CBD + CBN Gummies. These midnight berry chews are sure to lull you to sleep, with all-natural ingredients and a healthy dose of both CBN and CBD. To enjoy the fast-acting effects, just pop a gummy or two before bed and let yourself drift off into dreamland. 

Sunset Lake CBD: Brand to Watch

We love seeing brands rise up through effective and high-quality products, which is why we’re giving a shoutout to Sunset Lake CBD Sleep Gummies CBN + Melatonin. These elderberry-flavored gummies are infused with a balanced blend of CBD, CBN, and melatonin that are all designed to promote a more restful and deep night’s sleep. These gummies are created naturally and organically from scratch on a Northern Vermont farm. 

Kush Queen: Best CBN Blend Gummy

Kush Queen Gummies RX Sleep CBN+CBD Chews  combine the magic of CBD & CBN to help you gain restorative sleep without feeling groggy in the morning. These work best when taken consistently, plus you’ll enjoy the natural berry flavor that makes it seem like anything but a chore. You’ll enjoy a healthier circadian rhythm and deep slumber that eases tossing and turning and helps you sleep through the night.

How We Made Our Choices for the Best CBN Gummies for Sleep

We made sure to keep our eye out for any red flags when making our choices for the best sleep-inducing CBN gummies. 

First, we had to make sure that the brands were transparent and adhered to all safety measures, making sure to third-party lab test every product and obtaining Certificates of Authentication with safe extraction methods and effective dosage.

Next, we ensured that the values of each brand aligned with our own. Transparency, trustworthiness, quality, and passion were all must-haves.

At the end of the day, we want nothing more than for you to be able to enjoy a full night’s sleep with a little help from CBN brands that want that, too. We believe in the brands we’re supporting, and we’re sure you’ll love them as well. 

Buying Guide for CBN Edibles (How to Choose the Best CBN Gummies)

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re looking to buy CBN gummies or any cannabis products:

  • Consider the method of consumption: while we’re focusing on gummies right now, there are many other ways to consume cannabis. Whether you’re using a topical, a tincture, edibles, oil, or even flower, make sure you’re up for it. 
  • What effects are you looking for? If you don’t want to fall asleep, maybe look for other cannabinoids and terpenes that support a boost in energy. By knowing the effects you want to experience, you’ll be able to find products that work for you.
  • Check dosages and potency: what works for one person, might not for another. You’ll want to start off with low dosages, especially if you’re new to the game. Little by little, you’ll figure out the right dosage for your needs. 
  • Look out for red flags: make sure the brands you buy from comply with safety measures and are transparent about the ingredients and extraction methods that they use. 

Cannabinol Frequently Asked Questions 

Benefits of CBN Gummies?

While more research needs to be done, some people are using CBN to help them sleep, deal with health-related symptoms, ease pain, and reduce stress.

How Much CBN Should I Take for Sleep?

Start off with 5mg. If you feel you need more, you can always up the dosage until you’re comfortable with the effects. 

How Long Before CBN Gummies Kick In?

It depends on the person, but most people will feel the effects within 30 minutes, although it can take up to 180 minutes for the effects to set in completely. 

How Long Will CBN Stay in My System?

CBN will typically stay in your system for up to five days. However, factors like your metabolism, frequency of use, amount consumed, and method of consumption can lengthen the detox process. 

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Mayor Muriel Bowser is planning to introduce an emergency bill that would dramatically restructure the D.C. Housing Authority board of commissioners, shrinking it from the existing 13 members down to seven, according to a source familiar with the plan who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Under the new plan, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development John Falcicchio would retain his seat, as would at least one tenant representative, the source says. A representative from the District’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer would join the board, according to the source. It’s unclear who the other four members would be. DCHA Director Brenda Donald, a mayoral ally who was installed to fix the embattled agency in August 2021, is expected to remain in her role.

The major restructuring plan comes as tensions on the board have escalated in recent months and as DCHA finalized its response to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s scathing report that identified failures throughout the agency. Bowser and her administration have been involved in helping the deeply troubled agency formulate a plan to turn itself around. Part of that effort includes loaning DCHA a team of consultants pro bono. Several councilmembers questioned the legality and logistics of that arrangement during a hearing Wednesday.

The thinking behind the potential proposal is that DCHA would be unable to accomplish all of HUD’s recommendations with the board’s current makeup. But if put into action, Bowser’s plan is sure to agitate those who believe the mayor already exerts too much influence over the quasi independent agency that receives federal and local funds.

Bowser needs nine votes to pass the emergency legislation. Representatives for the mayor’s office would not comment late Wednesday evening.

The restructured board would retain the same functions as the current board—oversight of the executive director and approval of contracts worth $250,000 or more. The housing authority is in charge of maintaining the District’s public housing stock and running the voucher program that collectively serve tens of thousands of low-income residents. The agency has been failing at both, according to HUD’s audit.

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The failures of the D.C. Housing Authority have been on full display for some months now (or years, depending on who you’re talking to), and the D.C. Council hearing that “can’t come soon enough” finally happened. The day after DCHA finalized its responses to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s damning audit that included 82 findings of deficiencies, DCHA Director Brenda Donald and members of her leadership team fielded about three hours of questions from councilmembers.

HUD’s report, issued in October, found failures in just about every part of DCHA’s business, from managing and maintaining the city’s public housing stock, to running the voucher program and managing its finances. DCHA fully or partially disagreed with 44 of HUD’s findings, observations, and recommendations, according to its responses. Here are some takeaways from Wednesday’s hearing:

Multiple councilmembers are skeptical of the pro bono consultant on loan from John Falcicchio

A major part of DCHA’s plan is to use the support of consultants who are already under contract to the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, John Falcicchio. Falcicchio is also Mayor Muriel Bowser’s chief of staff and sits on the DCHA board of commissioners as an ex-officio member. His office will pay for consultants from CSG Advisors and loan them to DCHA for support in implementing reforms. CSG will lead a team of additional consulting firms, Donald said.

Multiple councilmembers expressed concern and confusion about the unusual deal. Asked why the housing authority didn’t just procure a consulting firm on their own, Donald said the short time frame in which the agency must address the issues HUD identified doesn’t allow for a full procurement process.

She said she is not concerned that the consultants will be more accountable to DMPED, who is paying the bills, than to her and that they will report directly to her.

“They’ve been working with us side by side in developing this report, understanding operations, and bringing in best practices in areas where we’re struggling, like for example with leasing up and pulling from the wait list,” Donald said.

She likened the arrangement to another agreement that DCHA will establish with contractors already working for the Department of General Services. To help with maintenance and repairs, the housing authority intends to use firms who already have contracts with DGS.

“If we did all of this on our own without additional resources, our people would be waiting much much longer, and nobody wants that,” Donald said.

She could not say how much in taxpayer funds the work would cost DMPED. Falcicchio referred City Paper’s question about the cost to the mayor’s spokesperson, who said in an emailed statement that “the DC Government is contracting with CSG Advisors to support its response and compliance with the HUD report. The final contract will be sent to Council for approval.” By law, the Council is required to approve contracts over $1 million.

Receivership is a real possibility

At-Large Councilmember Robert White said during the hearing that DCHA’s plan “does not inspire great confidence that things will be different.” He also suggested that federal receivership “is a possibility on the horizon.”

“Aside for being an embarrassment to the city, [it] generally does not end well for residents,” he said. Were it to establish a receivership, HUD would fire the director and the board and essentially take control of the entire agency.

DCHA to HUD: No Refunds

HUD identified several contracting issues that involve federal funds and instructed the housing authority to repay those funds to the federal government (DCHA operates with funding from the federal and local government).

Ward 2 Councilmember Brooke Pinto asked for the total repayment amount that HUD is requiring. Donald said that she has not calculated a specific figure because DCHA believes HUD is incorrect in saying the procurements violated internal policies and HUD requirements. If HUD disagrees with DCHA’s explanations, Donald said the two agencies will have to negotiate over a specific figure. “We really don’t know the magnitude of that exposure,” she said.

HUD issued at least five findings requiring DCHA to repay federal funds.

Donald claimed that, actually, she was retaliated against

DCHA’s internal auditor, Petuna Cooper, issued a report earlier this month accusing Donald of breaking contracting and procurement rules by approving two emergency, sole source contracts. Donald has denied wrongdoing and described the findings as incomplete and inaccurate. She then excluded Cooper from her executive team meetings, which Cooper has said amounts to retaliation.

Donald previously told the Washington Post that the board of commissioners changed Cooper’s reporting structure so that she reports directly to the board, not Donald. But there is no record of such a change taking place.

Asked Wednesday about the situation, Donald insisted that Cooper still has access to everything she needs to do her job.

“You can imagine the appearance of [after] the auditor report comes out and then a change in behavior in what meetings she is or is not invited to can appear as retaliation,” Pinto said.

Donald repeated her position that after she disputed Cooper’s findings, “that resulted in a change [in reporting structure]. So I think you can look at it as perhaps retaliation on the other side.”

DCHA’s internal auditor was conspicuously absent

Speaking of the internal auditor, she was not on the panel of housing authority leaders answering questions alongside Donald. At a hearing where city leaders are seeking answers about urgent issues facing a critical agency, should they hear from the person whose job is to identify those issues and how to fix them?

Vince Gray had just one question

Ward 7 Councilmember Vince Gray came to the hearing with only one question: Why does Brenda Donald want this job?

It’s a relevant question. DCHA has been a mess for years, and whomever took over after Tyrone Garrett’s departure would face an uphill battle to say the least. But perhaps Gray should have read the room. This hearing was an opportunity for councilmembers to conduct oversight of an agency that provides housing for D.C.’s lowest income residents, not to mention the $150 million the Council has appropriated to DCHA in the past three years.

But before the loquacious lawmaker paused to let Donald respond to his softball question, he lavished her with praise. “I think the world of you, and I always will,” Gray said. “You are such a great professional in so many ways that I want to see you succeed, and I will do whatever I can to help you be as successful as I possibly can.”

Not one to pass up an opportunity like that, Donald said she wants to help make big systems work for the people who count on the government.

“We know what we inherited,” Donald said. “And we know that it’s up to us to fix it. … At this point in time, nobody wants to come here. They see the challenges and the external pressures and quite frankly some of the internal pressures as being insurmountable. I don’t.”

Donald also acknowledged that she has until March to deliver on HUD’s recommendations, and if she can’t, “other decisions will have to be made.”

After the hearing, At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman was still left with questions, particularly around the consultants Donald will bring in. One of the major problems, she says, is DMPED, through Bowser and Falcicchio, has more control over DCHA than it should.

“DMPED’s agenda is not about providing housing for the lowest income families. Their agenda is about expanding the tax base and providing market rate housing,” she says.

Donald is in the director’s chair, but Silverman ultimately lays the blame at Bowser’s feet.

“They’ve been in power for eight years. She’s appointed the majority of the board, and it’s only gotten worse,” says Silverman, who intends to introduce a bill that will, in part, “refocus the housing authority on extremely low income households and remove its ability to serve moderate income residents.” But time is running out to see it through—the Council session ends at the end of the year, when any leftover bills will die, and Silverman lost her re-election bid in November.

“When will we get serious?” she asks. “I guess when HUD takes over.”

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Don DeLillo’s 1985 novel White Noise is a mainstay of undergraduate English curricula across the country. When I was in college, it was on my syllabus for two separate literature courses, which is no surprise given its plot. Unlike many other postmodern novels, the story is straightforward, and easily digestible for undergraduates because a significant chunk of it takes place on a college campus. Still, the novel has been called “unadaptable” because DeLillo devotes equal time to his story and the ideas informing them. Perhaps Noah Baumbach, the writer and director of the new film White Noise, saw the adaptation as an experiment or challenge. His effort is an interesting failure. The film is about as good as it could be, and yet falls short of anything more than an intellectual exercise.

The setting, a sleepy college town in the early 1980s, deliberately evokes post-Ronald Reagan, Steven Spielberg-style Americana. In the Gladney family, the parents are good-natured and anxious, while the kids are precocious and tech-savvy. DeLillo is not exactly subtle, so he underscores Reagan’s influence by having Professor Jack Gladney (Adam Driver) work at College-on-a-Hill, where he teaches Hitler Studies. Jack and his wife, Babette (Greta Gerwig), have children from multiple marriages, creating an off-kilter sitcom vibe to the early scenes. Hitler Studies is not a real field of study, of course, and the concept of it is utterly superfluous, which does not stop Jack from taking it all too seriously. This also leads to the film’s funniest scene, a kind of dual lecture where Jack and his colleague Murray (Don Cheadle), who studies Elvis Presley, bounce ideas off one another. Baumbach lifts scenes like this and many others straight from the novel, the rare times DeLillo writes in a way that lends itself to adaptation.

Beyond the “happy enough” routine of the Gladneys, DeLillo creates a series of situations that sound like they could be cinematic. There is the famous “airborne toxic event,” a deadly fallout from a trainwreck that forces the Gladneys to flee their home for safety. We later learn about a disturbing secret from Babette’s past, one that inspires Jack to get a gun and embark on a journey of vengeance. The trouble with White Noise is that DeLillo had little interest in resolving these set pieces in conventionally cinematic ways. There are no suspenseful escapes from the toxic cloud, and Jack’s violent turn ultimately ends up being a strange, discursive opportunity to explore the nature of forgiveness.

Baumbach opts not to include any voice-over, so he has no choice but to imbue DeLillo’s ideas into the action, and yet they are constructed to avoid such a tidy summary. In a later scene where Jack speaks to nuns, for example, I found myself recalling the parallel scene in the novel for additional subtext, something Baumbach should have better avoided. As for viewers who have not read the book, they will probably be confused or bored to tears.

Driver and Gerwig are compelling actors and frequent Baumbach collaborators—you may know Baumbach and Gerwig have been together for the past decade—but in White Noise there is a dearth of humanity to their performances. It is not that they act badly, as both performers lean in to physical eccentricity. What is missing is their interiority, their feelings about what happens to their family once it is nearly upended. Furrowed brows, dated costumes, and makeup are no substitute for actual character development, and here Jack and Babette are dressed up avatars for DeLillo’s ideas—which, in a cinematic context, are incomplete.

White Noise presents suburbia and academia in two ways: a symbol of conformity and comfort, but with a dark underbelly underneath. It is a familiar idea, one that is better explored in films like 1986’s Blue Velvet, because, as a director, David Lynch had the courage to plunge headlong into the juxtaposition of the nightmarish alongside the familiar. DeLillo’s novel also captures that kind of nightmare, albeit in a wry way, like when Murray talks about grocery stores with the same solemnity you might expect from a college symposium. All this is meant to suggest that 1980s America is beyond meaning or introspection, obliterating any difference between high culture and mass culture. This was a frightening idea in 1985, but it’s not anymore. DeLillo—an eerily prescient writer—was spot-on about way too much, but especially about how we were happy to have modern life erode our individuality. At least Baumbach finally finds a way to express DeLillo’s themes in an entertaining way, with the end credits playing over an ostensible LCD Soundsystem music video (they wrote a new song for the film). Then again, if the most fun part of a movie happens when we also learn who served as its unit production manager, something went deeply awry.

White Noise will play at E Street Cinema starting on Dec. 2.

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At a time when all Washington movie theaters were independent and locally owned, Georgetown’s Biograph was the most independent and most local. This credit is largely due to proprietor Alan Rubin, who died on Nov. 6, at 85, from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

As a major cultural influence throughout the Biograph’s 29-year run, Rubin was one of a group of friends who opened the theater on Georgetown’s M Street in 1967, and he continued to run it until 1996, when it closed because the building was sold to a drugstore chain. During those three decades, he championed domestic and foreign repertory film, educating generations of local cinephiles by introducing them to some of the most innovative filmmakers of the time. His love for the cinema and willingness to book films more adventurous than typical theaters was appreciated by filmgoers throughout the area, and those who were lucky enough to know Rubin treasured his intelligence, affability, and encyclopedic knowledge. 

Following the closure, Rubin attempted, unsuccessfully, to open a successor theater, but most of his post-Biograph life was devoted to his often playful, realist paintings.

Richard Harrington, a former Washington Post music and film critic, worked briefly as a box office manager for the Biograph years before he would review films playing at the theater. “Alan’s influence on people’s knowledge and love of film in this area is immeasurable. It was really important, and it was immense,” Harrington tells City Paper. “He was the first person to screen Jean-Luc Godard, the first to show Werner Herzog, Akira Kurasowa, Wim Wenders, Todd Haynes, and John Woo.

“He also showcased a lot of animation, and he established the tradition of midnight films in the area by screening Pink Flamingos for a full year, every Friday and Saturday night,” adds Harrington. “So he helped establish John Waters.”

“Alan was the biggest mensch in the business,” says local documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner, who organized four editions of the Washington Jewish Film Festival held at the Biograph during the early to mid-’90s. “Alan was a total pleasure to work with. He totally got it. Alan was very proud of being Jewish, very proud of being from Brooklyn, and one of the funniest people I know.”

Former programmer for the now-shuttered American Film Institute Theater, Michael Jeck—who considers Rubin a mentor—began his career as a film distributor by organizing various Japanese film festivals at the Biograph between 1977 and 1990. Those festivals yielded some of the theater’s biggest hits: revivals of Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo and The Hidden Fortress. “I loved Alan. He was a wonderful man. And he was wonderful at what he did,” Jeck says. 

Michael Jeck, former AFI film programmer with his mentor, Alan Rubin, at the Biograph Theater; Credit: Christopher Li

“He was just straight-up rock-and-roll, totally tuned into movies, and very improvisational as a programmer,” says Eddie Cockrell, who preceded Jeck as a booker at AFI. “He had an audience that went along with him with that kind of programming, which he could only do because he knew movies inside and out.”

In addition to his cinematic savvy, Rubin is remembered fondly for his geniality. “Alan just listened to you as if everything you said was fantastic,” says former Washington Post film critic Desson Thomson. “He laughed, and he listened, and he hummed with this kind of benevolent embrace of everything.”

Adds Harrington: “Alan was an amazing person. He was kind and funny and creative, and he had a wicked sense of humor.” 

Rubin’s widow, Susan Rubin, attributes her husband’s graciousness to his upbringing. “His mother was filled with love for him, and she was always praising him, constantly giving him love, saying that he was a beautiful person and could do anything,” she says. “I think that’s how he became so positive.”

Rubin was born in Brooklyn, an only child, who, according to Susan, remained close with his parents throughout their lives. Trained as a geologist, Rubin moved to Washington in the early 1960s to work for the U.S. Geological Survey. Susan recalls the spacious home they bought near Marshall, Virginia. It was quite different from his childhood home, she says, describing a small apartment where he shared a room with his grandfather. “He loved the space…His friends came the first week we moved out here, and they said, ‘This is such a big property. How will you take care of it if you don’t have a lawn mower?’ He laughed and said he would buy one.”

By 1965, Rubin decided to leave his day job, which was then at the Pentagon, and began exploring the prospect of opening a movie theater. When the Biograph opened it began by showing the mainstays of 1960s repertory cinemas, including rock documentaries, Hollywood classics, “underground” movies, and foreign–often French—films. The theater opened and closed its doors with a double bill of Jean Renoir’s A Day in the Country and Godard’s Masculin Féminin.

The arrival of the VCR upended the theater’s formula. Rubin successfully shifted to films and genres that were then more obscure—and less likely to be available on videocassette—including Japanese anime and Hong Kong action movies.

“He was very open to offbeat stuff,” says Jeck, citing the Biograph’s success with Mahabharata, British director Peter Brook’s three-hour film of the Hindu epic. After Mahabharata’s initial run ended, Rubin played it weekly (for an unknown number of weeks) so that it could reach all of its potential audience. 

“He would program the Biograph like it was a multiplex. We showed upwards of five movies a day even though we could only show one at a time,” says Paul Bishow, the theater’s longtime projectionist and manager.

Rubin booked movies that were controversial, such as Godard’s allegedly heretical Hail Mary, which got a publicity boost from the protesters who picketed the theater, and Haynes’ Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, then the subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit.

Of the latter, Bishow recalls, “We had to hide the prints at night when we left the theater so it wouldn’t be confiscated.”

The Biograph also nurtured D.C. area filmmakers, hosting regular “Expose Yourself” festivals of local short movies and screening the work of Maryland’s neo-slapstick troupe the Langley Punks. Local filmmaker Jeff Krulik, who is best known for his 1986 documentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot, first met Rubin in the late ’80s and later collaborated with him on the Rosebud Film Festival showcasing local film and video projects.

“Alan was very accommodating and supportive of local films as well as films that were maybe a little challenging for audiences,” says Krulik. “If he didn’t book it himself, he was willing to rent the theater and work with you to help you achieve your screening.”

Krulik has conceived an evening-long tribute to the Biograph—and the local filmmakers it showcased—that he hopes to present next year at the AFI Silver Theatre. “Alan was very welcoming to filmmakers starting out and veteran filmmakers who needed a venue to screen their work,” says Krulik. “He was just such a kind and inspiring person.”

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Prosecutors disregarded D.C. law and “undermined the independence” of D.C.’s crime lab by ordering up investigations into its evidence testing methods, according to a highly critical new report from D.C. Auditor Kathy Patterson’s office.

The auditor’s conclusions in a report issued Thursday closely reflect the findings of City Paper’s previous investigation of D.C.’s Department of Forensic Sciences, and Patterson echoes the opinions of many close to the lab in finding major problems with the conduct of both the United States Attorney’s Office for D.C. and local Office of the Attorney General. Patterson’s audit also faults DFS for a series of forensic errors (and for not doing a good job of tracking complaints about those errors). She also believes the department has largely suffered from deeper structural problems.

The department is currently unable to conduct much analysis of evidence, after losing its accreditation last year in the wake of investigations ordered up by the USAO and Attorney General Karl Racine. Today, Patterson argues these investigations were performed “without regard for the process established in District laws,” and that the lab “fails to achieve independence” as a result.

“We found that USAO and OAG addressed their issues and concerns with DFS without regard for the process set forth in the D.C. Code, D.C. regulations, and DFS’ policies and procedures,” the auditors write in the report. “Specifically, the two prosecutors’ offices bypassed the established processes for handling complaints and allegations and conducted unilateral audits and investigations of the laboratory firearms examination units over testing errors and allegations of misconduct.”

Racine strongly disagrees with that characterization. He tells City Paper in an email that while he approved of the audit’s fact finding about DFS’ failures, he was “dismayed by the auditor’s insinuation that the actions taken by OAG and USAO were improper.” 

He says that his office and the USAO raised issues about the lab to DFS and its accrediting agency but that those concerns were “brushed aside.” Racine also emphasizes that OAG has a constitutional obligation to publicly disclose potential issues with evidence in criminal cases to the courts, which is why his office called for the independent investigation.

“We are concerned that without this explanation, the auditor’s report is not misleading, but inaccurate in regards to prosecutors’ investigation,” Racine says via mail. “We stand by our decision to uphold the integrity of our prosecution and promote the public safety.”

Independence for DFS is a focal point in the 29-page audit. The District’s lab is only one of two independent crime labs nationwide, designed to be largely free from the influence of police and prosecutors as it tests evidence for use in criminal cases. But forensic science experts have long wondered whether the lab can actually realize that worthy goal, and Patterson believes it’s clear that DFS has thus far fallen short in that regard. She argues that Mayor Muriel Bowser needs to take a stronger role in “monitoring and assisting DFS in resolving serious disagreements” with USAO and OAG.

“Our office is now required to review tens of thousands of convictions going back to 2012 to ensure that innocent people were not wrongfully convicted with use of unreliable evidence, which will cost District taxpayers millions of dollars,” Racine says in an emailed statement. “And the failure to address repeated warnings about the lab’s deficiencies is making the District less safe.”

The USAO did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication.

Part of the problem, the report claims, is with the nine-member Science Advisory Board, which is designed to act as a clearinghouse for complaints about the lab. Patterson faults prosecutors for not taking concerns to the board, but she also believes the District could do more to strengthen it. For instance, the report notes that the board has “no dedicated staff nor direct access to DFS’s records independent of DFS management.”

“Current and former members of the SAB shared that DFS did not always provide critical information and documentation on serious allegations to the board on a timely basis,” the auditors write. In fact, they found that DFS leadership misclassified two complaints about its testing methods as “inquiries” and therefore didn’t elevate them to the SAB’s attention; Patterson recommends giving the board “clear authority for access to laboratory records” as one solution to this problem, arguing that the board also needs more funding and dedicated staff to take on these issues.

Patterson also faults the “stakeholder council,” made up of police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, the mayor’s representatives, and others in the criminal legal system, for not effectively monitoring the lab’s performance. She reasons that this is a much better venue for prosecutors to raise concerns about the lab, but found that they failed to do so (in fact, she found that meetings of the group were sparsely attended or featured only lower-level staff instead of key decision makers). For what it’s worth, prosecutors told Patterson that they were reluctant to participate because “sharing their concerns and issues in this forum could impact and jeopardize their legal strategy because [the Public Defender Service for D.C.] attends these meetings.”

In the agency’s responses to the audit, DFS Interim Director Anthony Crispino says the agency has “already taken key steps toward fostering open communication with stakeholders,” including frequent meetings with federal prosecutors over the past year. He largely agrees with many of Patterson’s recommendations and says the agency is focused on making improvements, but did caution that providing new funding for oversight of the agency would not be his responsibility if a bill aimed at reforming the crime lab (transforming it into an agency with nominal independence from the mayor) passes later this year.

“If the bill was enacted, it would be up to the independent agency,” not the mayor’s administration, to resolve those issues,” Crispino writes in a Nov. 22 letter attached to the audit report.

The reform legislation, in fact, addresses some of Patterson’s other critiques of the SAB and the lab’s governance. It’s set for a first vote before the full Council on Dec. 6.

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Are you having trouble losing weight? Even if you consistently go to the gym and lift weights, or run long distances, or practice yoga, sometimes it isn’t enough to shed those extra pounds. That excess weight can definitely lead to self-esteem issues, and more than that, it can also have negative effects on your overall health.

When counting calories and spending hours at the gym isn’t helping, it might be time to turn to weight loss supplements for that stubborn body fat. Luckily, there are a lot of fat burning pills available that help with weight loss. The best fat burner supplements contain high-quality ingredients to give you that extra push to achieve your health goals.

This article will help our readers find the best weight loss pills for men. All of the weight loss supplements mentioned in this article are made from natural ingredients and have been proven safe for consumption by independent lab tests.

Here is a first look at the 7 best weight loss pills for men:

  1. PhenQ – Best Weight Loss Supplement Overall
  2. Elm & Rye Fat Burner – Best for Burning Excess Body Fat
  3. Clenbuterol – Best for Building Muscle Mass
  4. Instant Knockout Cut – Best Fat Burner for Men Specifically
  5. PrimeShred – Best for Muscle Growth
  6. Hunter Burn – Best for Stubborn Fat
  7. Burn Lab Pro – Best to Boost Metabolism

As with any dietary supplement, consult your doctor before use.

7 Best Weight Loss Pills for Men

When it comes to losing weight and burning fat, there are a lot of supplement options out there, but not all of them are created equal.

Here’s our guide to the most effective weight loss supplements and fat burners for men.

PhenQ – Best Weight Loss Supplement Overall

PhenQ is a natural weight loss supplement and thermogenic fat burner that targets key areas of metabolic health to help shed stored fat and curb appetite.

Formula/Ingredients

This fat-burning pill has a unique and powerful formula, containing only high-quality and natural ingredients that will help you achieve your weight loss goals. PhenQ contains:

  • Capsimax Powder: Concentrated capsaicinoids found in Capsimax powder are said to be digestion-friendly and support the natural fat-burning process
  • Chromium Picolinate: An essential natural mineral that helps to curb sugar and carb cravings
  • Caffeine: Boosts focus and energy
  • Nopal Cactus: High in fiber, which helps to reduce fat accumulation
  • L-Carnitine Fumarate: Helps to turn stored fat into energy

How the Product Works

PhenQ works by targeting your key areas of metabolic health. By combining a blend of high-grade, metabolism-supporting ingredients, PhenQ helps to burn fat, reduce fat accumulation, crush food cravings, boost energy, and balance mood.

Price

  • One bottle: $69.99
  • Three bottles: $139.99
  • Five bottles: $209.99

Key Features/Highlights

Since PhenQ is made from only natural ingredients, it makes weight management straightforward and safe.

The company also offers a 60-day money-back guarantee so you can purchase with absolute confidence. If the product doesn’t help you lose fat, you can always get your money back.

Pros

  • Thermogenic fat burner for men
  • Great for building lean muscle mass
  • Stimulant-free fat burner

Cons

  • You will get positive results with this fat-burning supplement, but it may take some time to see

Elm & Rye Fat Burner – Best for Burning Excess Body Fat

Elm & Rye is a daily supplement that helps you burn fat, increase energy, boost your metabolism, and speed up calorie burning.

Formula/Ingredients

This fat burner for men contains only pure and high-quality ingredients, including Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Caffeine Anhydrous, L-Theanine, Green Coffee Extract, Green Tea Extract, Ashwagandha, Rhodiola Extract, and Coleus Forskolin.

This proprietary blend is designed specifically for fat burning.

How the Product Works

These fat-burning pills for men help to boost metabolism and target stubborn belly fat by using a proprietary blend of high-quality ingredients.

Since one of the most common side effects of dieting and exercising is low energy, the Elm & Rye Fat Burner is also designed to help improve your energy levels.

Price

Single

  • One-time purchase: $69.99
  • Subscription: $52.49

2-Packs

  • One-time purchase: $129.99
  • Subscription: $97.49

4-Packs

  • One-time purchase: $239.99
  • Subscription: $179.99

Key Features/Highlights

This fat burner supplement comes in both gummy and capsule form, so you have different options and can decide which one to go with based on your preference.

Adults are recommended to take one tablet or gummy per serving.  

Pros

  • Helps to suppress appetite
  • You can get gummies or tablets
  • Contains high-quality ingredients

Cons

  • Consistency required to see results

Clenbuterol – Best for Building Muscle Mass

Clenbuterol by CrazyBulk USA is a fat burner that helps to fuel your workouts, burn through calories, and shred body fat, leaving you with a ripped physique. 

Formula/Ingredients

Clenbuterol contains the following ingredients:

  • Vitamin B3 (as Niacinamide)
  • Garcinia Cambogia (50% Hydroxycitric Acid) (Garcinia cambogia) (Fruit)
  • Bitter Orange Extract (6% Synephrine) (Citrus aurantium) (Seed)
  • Guarana Extract (22% Caffeine) (Paullinia sorbilis) (Seed)

How the Product Works

You should take 3 of these fat burner supplements with water about 45 minutes before working out. This will help to increase your energy levels during workouts and support your regular exercise routine. 

Price

  • Single: $64.99
  • Bulk ( 2 x Clenbuterol + 1 Free ): $129.99

Key Features/Highlights

Clenbuterol is also considered a powerful thermogenic fat burner. This means that it increases your body’s internal temperature and boosts oxygen flow, allowing your cardiovascular system to perform better.

Pros

  • Great weight loss supplements for bulking, cutting, and strength
  • Designed for men
  • 100% natural and safe

Cons

  • Highly potent, which means the results will come on strong

Instant Knockout Cut – Best Fat Burner for Men Specifically

Instant Knockout is a well-known fat burner, used by many professional MMA fighters and other athletes.

In fact, it was initially created for MMA fighters and professional boxers, but it also works well for regular gym-goers who want to lose weight and build lean muscle mass.

Formula/Ingredients

Instant Knockout only uses fat-burning ingredients that are proven effective for weight management and loss, helping you speed up your metabolism and reveal sculpted muscle.

Here are some of the most potent ingredients:

  • Glucomannan
  • Green tea extract
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Caffeine
  • Vitamin D3
  • Piperine
  • Cayenne pepper seeds

How the Product Works

Instant Knockout contains Glucomannan, a dietary fiber that helps your stomach absorb more water, thus making you feel fuller and reducing your appetite.

Additionally, green tea extract helps to boost your fat metabolism. It targets your metabolic rate to fight stubborn fat from different areas.

Price

  • Cut (1 month supply): $65.00
  • Ultimate Cutting Stack (3 Month Supply): $195.00
  • Cutting Stack (2 Month Supply): $130.00

Key Features/Highlights

Instant Knockout is a vegan-friendly weight loss supplement made from vegetable cellulose. It helps you lose weight safely and effectively.

Pros

  • This product is manufactured in the U.S., using only natural and vegan ingredients
  • Potent thermogenic formula
  • Developed for professional athletes

Cons

  • Instant Knockout provides refunds within 30 days of delivery, but only for unopened items

PrimeShred – Best for Muscle Growth

PrimeShred is one of the best fat-burning pills for men. This is a high-potency fat burner that helps you lose stubborn fat, break through frustrating plateaus, and strip off those last few pounds of fat. 

Formula/Ingredients

This fat burner only contains organic ingredients that help to burn fat fast and build lean muscles in the process. The formula is non-GMO and free of gluten, soy, and dairy.

Some key ingredients include Green Tea Extract, L-Tyrosine, Vitamin B Complex, Green Coffee, and more.

How the Product Works

PrimeShred uses several ingredients that help to break down fat cells and release any fat stored through the process of lipolysis.

Key ingredients like green tea and green coffee help to boost your metabolism, while caffeine and cayenne pepper contain elements that boost energy levels and increase the rate of thermogenesis.

Key Features/Highlights

PrimeShred not only helps with burning body fats but also helps to improve alertness and your ability to focus.

Price

  • 1 Bottle: $49.99
  • 2 Bottles: $99.99
  • 3 Bottles: $149.99

Pros

  • Helps to increase your metabolism
  • 100-day money-back guarantee
  • Everything is manufactured in an FDA-approved facility

Cons

  • Users are advised to take three tablets per day, luckily there are 90 capsules in every bottle and it’s very affordable

Hunter Burn – Best for Stubborn Fat

Hunter Burn is a smart fat burner designed to work with your body and support a healthy diet. This premium fat burner supplement can help to trim your waistline while maintaining lean muscle mass.

Formula/Ingredients

The formula has been engineered to give you large amounts of important ingredients for weight loss.

Hunter Burn contains green tea, which may boost your metabolism. It also contains Glucomannan and Konjac root (one of the few FDA-approved appetite suppressants).

Hunter Burn also consists of vitamin D3, which is said to help men lose weight. These ingredients can help to neutralize hunger, unlock energy, and boost your metabolism.

How the Product Works

Hunter Burn uses matcha green tea for metabolic acceleration and hunger-eliminating ingredients like Glucomannan and Konjac root, as well as a high amount of Vitamin D3 to support all-round health.

Price

  • 1 Bottle: $75.00
  • 2 Bottles: $150.00
  • 4 Bottles: $225.00

Key Features/Highlights

Hunter Burn is scientifically designed for unparalleled quality. It helps to burn belly and waist fat and prevent weight gain, without losing muscle. 

Pros

  • All-natural ingredients
  • Scientifically product
  • Helps to curb hunger cravings

Cons

  • Free US shipping only for orders over $100+, so it’s worth buying in bulk

Burn Lab Pro – Best to Boost Metabolism

Burn Lab Pro is a stim-free fat-burner supplement that helps you lose body fat while preserving muscle mass in the process.

Formula/Ingredients

Burn Lab Pro is made with cutting-edge ingredients, including Forslean, Capsimax, HMB, Black Pepper Extract, and more. All are good for your overall health and help you lose weight.

How the Product Works

Burn Lab Pro uses a stack of premium-grade nutrients that support over 15 key bio-functions for fat-burning, muscle-building, and optimized energy.

It’s suggested that you take 3 Burn Lab Pro capsules 30 minutes before training to prep your body.

Price

  • 1 Month Supply (1 Box): $59.00
  • 2 Month Supply (2 Boxes): $118.00
  • 4-Month Supply (3 Boxes) + 1 Box Free: $177.00

Key Features/Highlights

These fat burner supplements support all diets, exercise routines, and weight loss programs. They are customized for fasted training and do not contain caffeine due to side effects related to increased blood pressure and heart rate.

Pros

  • Burn Lab Pro is researched-backed, natural, and STIM-free
  • Contains only pure, potent ingredients that are dosed in line with clinical research

Cons

  • Both strength training and endurance training will enhance results

Ranking Criteria for Weight Loss Pills for Men

Here are some of the main factors that helped us choose the best weight loss pills for men. 

  • Brand Reputation – Must be a trusted and tested brand. 
  • Reviews – Good feedback from previous customers.
  • Ingredients – Must contain only safe and healthy ingredients that are science-backed.
  • Effectiveness – How effective are the ingredients and the formula?
  • Safety – Product safety based on the ingredients and 3rd-party testing.
  • Price – Good value for the money.

What Are Weight Loss Pills for Men & How Do They Work?

Weight loss supplement pills for men are dietary supplements that work in different ways.

Most are appetite suppressants that help with reducing your hunger and cravings. This helps men maintain a low calorie diet and lose weight.

Fat burners for men are best paired with regular exercise and nutritious diet for optimal results. 

Types of Weight Loss Supplements for Men

There are various types of weight loss supplements for men. You just have to find which is the most suitable for you. 

Protein Powders 

If you’ve been looking for a way to stay full and burn fat, Protein Powders may be just what you’re looking for. These powders are packed with protein and the right combination of ingredients to help you get rid of excess body fat and boost your metabolism.

Fat Burners  

Fat burners are supplements that help you burn fat and build lean muscle. They work by elevating your metabolism and increasing your overall energy, which are two factors that can help with weight loss.

There are two main types of fat burners: thermogenic and lipolytic. Thermogenic fat burners increase your metabolism, causing your body temperature to rise. If you were to exercise at the same intensity without taking a thermogenic supplement, you might not burn as many calories.

Lipolytic fat burners work by breaking down the stored fat in the body, causing them to be released into the bloodstream as energy.

Appetite Suppressant

If you’ve tried other weight loss supplements or diets, but still aren’t seeing results, it may be time to try an appetite suppressant. Appetite suppressants work by helping your body feel full for longer. This will help to burn off excess fat and lose weight faster.

The best way to use an appetite suppressant is by combining it with a diet plan, exercise program, and regular sleep schedule (which can help counteract the effects of stress). 

The Difference of Weight Loss for Men & Women

Is there a difference between men and women when it comes to weight loss? The answer is yes. Men lose weight faster than women.

Men tend to have more lean muscle tissue in the body, which helps to burn more calories than fat, even when resting. So, when men and women cut the same number of calories, men will usually lose weight quicker than women.

How to Naturally Lose Weight for Men 

Although we can use diet pills for losing weight, there are also options to naturally lose weight.

Here are some of the ways men can naturally lose weight:

Eat Protein

Eating more protein is a change that you can make to your diet to help you lose more weight. Protein makes you fuller for a longer period of time, reducing overeating. It’s also a good source of energy.

Some examples of healthy proteins include chicken, fish, red meat, and eggs.

Use Vinegar

Vinegar is typically viewed as a condiment that is used for cooking or an additive for cleaning, but it also has some great weight loss benefits. Daily vinegar intake aids digestion and may help to reduce body weight and belly fat. It can also increase your metabolism.

Drink More Water

We often overlook drinking water, but it can be extremely helpful when it comes to your weight loss journey. Water is 100% calorie-free, sugar-free and fat-free. You can substitute it for sugary drinks, which is a much healthier way of quenching your thirst.

It also helps to suppress hunger. We often mistake our thirst for hunger. Try drinking one glass 30 minutes before meals.

Eat Healthy Fats

Fat is a type of nutrient just like carbohydrates, our body needs fat for energy. It also helps to protect heart and brain health.  

We often think that all fats are bad for our health, but that isn’t true. Healthy fats are actually good for our health and support weight loss.

So, how can you know if the fats that you are eating are the good ones? Good, healthy fats are unsaturated fats packed with omega-3, which is great for overall health. Some examples of good fats are avocados, egg yolks, all-natural nut butters, etc. These fats are all beneficial to the body, providing key vitamins and nutrients.

Drink Healthy Beverages

Sodas, juices, and other sugary drinks may be tempting, but they’re not good for you. One of the changes that you can make to your diet is to drink healthier beverages.

These heavily processed drinks often contain more sugar than a cookie or cupcake. Just put that into perspective. Try cutting sodas and juices with a high sugar content from your diet. It may be difficult but letting it go will be a big help to your weight loss journey. 

You can start by drinking healthier versions of your favorites. For example, you may opt to make fresh juice every morning instead of drinking store-bought. The sugar content will probably be less and the drink will not be as not as processed as the ones that are available at the store.

However, most liquids should come from calorie-free beverages, so water or green tea would be a much better option. 

Try the Intermittent Fasting Diet

Research shows that intermittent fasting is a particularly useful technique for weight loss for men. There are two popular methods of intermittent fasting. One is 12/12 and the other is 16/8. Basically, the first number is your window of fasting. So, 12 hours of fasting and 12 hours for eating or 16 hours of fasting and 8 hours for eating. Both are effective methods, so it’s up to you.

Intermittent fasting sounds a little intimidating, but it’s a great diet. Fasting during certain hours of the day helps you consume fewer calories while boosting your metabolism which helps with digestion and energy distribution.

Do Regular Workouts

A regular workout routine helps with weight loss and improves overall health and well-being. But, how much exercise is needed for weight loss? Well, for you to be able to see and feel the results of your hard work, you must be in a calorie deficit (burning more calories a day than you’re eating).

Luckily, there are all different types of workouts such as walking, running, pilates, swimming, dancing, lifting weights, etc.

Common Ingredients in Weight Loss Supplements

Here are some of the most common ingredients found in weight loss pills for men:

Green Tea Extract 

Green tea can be more effective than caffeine at boosting metabolism and speeding up fat burning. Green tea reduces triglyceride levels in the body, which can make you feel less bloated and more full after eating a meal.

Even more, green tea is packed with antioxidants that help you feel energized and keep your metabolism running smoothly. Plus, it contains some natural caffeine which helps keep you alert and focused throughout the day. 

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper has been used for centuries as a way to fight hunger, boost energy levels, and increase metabolism. This is a natural product that you can use every day.

Cayenne pepper is not only effective in terms of weight loss but it also gives you more energy throughout the day. This makes it easier for you to perform daily activities and exercise without feeling tired or exhausted.

L-Theanine

L-Theanine is a naturally-occurring chemical in tea that has been shown to help you lose weight, increase your metabolism, and curb cravings.

Because theanine boosts both attention and mood at once, it’s an ideal choice for anyone who would like to feel more focused and lose weight. 

Green Coffee 

Green coffee is a popular product in the health and wellness community, and for good reason. Green coffee beans contain chlorogenic acid and caffeine, which help you burn fat and suppress your appetite.

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just want to feel healthier and happier, green coffee is an easy way to get started. It’s great for targeting and reducing stubborn belly fat.

Glucomannan

Glucomannan is made from konjac, a type of soluble dietary fiber that can help you lose weight. 

It’s been shown to reduce body weight, improve blood sugar levels, and lower cholesterol levels in those that are overweight. 

Glucomannan is also thought to be useful for reducing stubborn belly fat, which is a common problem in men. More belly fat is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, so it’s best to get rid of it. 

Best Weight Loss Pills for Men FAQs 

Here are the most asked questions regarding the best weight loss pills for men.

Are Weight Loss Pills for Men Safe? 

Yes, the weight loss pills on this list are safe for men. It’s important to take the recommended dose and check with your doctor before starting any new supplement. 

How Can A Man Lose Weight Fast?

Yes, it’s possible to lose weight fast. If you want to lose weight fast, you should start by changing your diet. The best way to do this is by eating whole foods instead of processed foods with lots of sugar and artificial ingredients. 

You can also try drinking lots of water every day so that your body will be more hydrated and full throughout the day. You can also include a weight loss supplement to help boost your diet plan. 

What Is The Best Men’s Weight Loss Supplement?

The best weight loss pills for men are those that contain high-quality ingredients proven to burn fat and make it easier for you to exercise more efficiently. You’ll also find that these supplements are stimulant-free, so you can take them without worrying about jitters or other side effects.

The list above mentions the best men’s weight loss supplements on the market. 

What Ingredients Do Weight Loss Pills For Men Contain?

Weight loss pills usually contain natural fat burners and ingredients that boost your metabolism. Cayenne Pepper is one example of one. It helps to boost your metabolism and improve your energy levels. 

How Should I Take Weight Loss Pills?

You should take the weight loss pills according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 

What Is The Best Time Of Day To Take Weight Loss Pills?

The best time of day to take weight loss pills is in the morning. In other words, don’t wait until you’re sleepy or hungry. Some people say that taking weight loss pills in the afternoon helps them lose more weight, however, this doesn’t hold true for everyone. Because many contain caffeine, there are some downsides to taking your pills later in the day. It could disrupt your sleep, for example. 

Do Weight Loss Pills Really Work?

Weight loss pills are a great way to lose weight when paired with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Before you decide whether or not to try one of these supplements, it’s important that you consult with your physician beforehand. 

Do Weight Loss Pills Have Side Effects?

Side effects from weight loss pills are not common since most contain 100% natural ingredients. 

Conclusion

If you’re looking for the best weight loss pills for men, it’s important to first remember that there are no miracle pills. You can’t just take one pill and expect to lose weight.

The key is to add weight loss pills to your diet and exercise regimen. These supplements can help to optimize your weight loss journey. 

We hope this article has given you some insight into the different weight loss supplements available to men. 

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Resveratrol is a bioactive compound most commonly found in red wine, grapes, and blueberries. It has been shown to have anti-aging properties and may also help with inflammation. Resveratrol supplements are available in capsule form or as a powder; the latter being more potent but sometimes more expensive.  

It is believed that the consumption of resveratrol on a regular basis can help to ward off certain cancers, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and other health conditions. Resveratrol benefits have been linked to its antioxidant effects. Antioxidants provide protection against cell-damaging free radicals that are made by the body’s normal metabolism as well as exposure to environmental toxins. Below you will find our roundup of the best resveratrol supplement products available on the market today.

Top 5 Resveratrol Supplement Brands

1. Double Wood Supplements – Overall Best Resveratrol Supplement

2. BulkSupplements – The Power of Purity

3. PureFormulas – Potency Powerhouse

4. Health Products For You – Decades of Distinction

5. ProHealth – Optimized Resveratrol Excellence

Reviews of Our Top Resveratrol Supplement Brands

1. Double Wood Supplements – Overall Best Resveratrol Supplement

Pros 

  • Made in the USA
  • 100 percent money-back guarantee
  • Strong antioxidant that supports longevity and cardiovascular systems

Cons

  • Do not take with blood thinners, aspirin, ibuprofen, within a couple of weeks of surgery, or if pregnant or breastfeeding 

What is it and how does it help?

Double Wood Supplements’ Resveratrol product is a dietary supplement with active ingredients including resveratrol and trans-resveratrol. It comes in a 120-capsule bottle that lasts between 30 and 60 days, depending upon your chosen dosage. 

Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes and also in wine, and is long thought to function as a solid antioxidant, while also supporting cardiovascular health and increasing the fortitude of mitochondria and cell structures. This leads to strengthening longevity and, while more research is needed, is thought to have longer lasting effects on helping elements of the body’s cells remain stronger for longer periods of time, slowing the effects of aging on a cellular level. 

Recommended dosage begins with one to two capsules per day, translating into roughly two months of supply. As you become more familiar with this supplement and as your body adjusts to its effects and support, it is recommended to move up to two-to-four capsules per day. From a supply and refill perspective, this more advanced dosage means a bottle will still last a full month of roughly 30 days. Even as your body adjusts to this supplement, no more than six capsules should be consumed each day. 

Pricing, discounts, and packages

Easily get 20 percent off by joining the Double Wood Supplements email list. You can also save 15 percent by subscribing to your favorite supplements to receive them regularly at a reduced price point. Double and triple packs of resveratrol nutritional supplements through Double Wood Supplements also opens the door to additional savings as well.

How this product made our list of the top resveratrol products

Double Wood Supplements is an industry-leading provider of supplements and our review team loved the strong combination of a quality product made fully in the USA in Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facilities, tested by third parties, and professionally analyzed for quality, purity, and potency. The addition of a 100 percent money-back guarantee was a bonus as well, showing the company’s commitment to quality and putting their money where their mouth is for this top resveratrol supplement.

Learn more at DoubleWoodSupplements.com

2. BulkSupplements – The Power of Purity

Pros 

  • 98 percent pure resveratrol ingredient
  • 5 out of 5 stars, with more than 370 customer reviews 
  • Live time tracker on website, showing the length of time you have for your order to still ship by the next day

Cons

  • The BulkSupplements.com website’s menus are somewhat prohibitive, in that they often drop down and get in the way while navigating the site

What is it and how does it help?

The version of resveratrol available through Bulk Supplements is similar to the others on this best-of list, with a notable exception: the trans-resveratrol offered here is 98 percent pure. This optimized pure resveratrol version is commendable due to the nature of resveratrol. Resveratrol itself is not terribly water-soluble and needs to be taken with food on a daily basis to get the greatest effects and performance out of the supplement. It is also more effective the purer the resveratrol active ingredient is within the product as well. 

The Bulk Supplements version of resveratrol is derived specifically from Japanese knotweed and the company prides itself on ensuring the pure resveratrol nature of this product for maximum value and effectiveness. 

Resveratrol from Bulk Supplements is an antioxidant and also supports brain function, joints, and overall biological health. It offers the same support to healthy aging as the other best versions on this list and supports immune health as well. 

Bulk Supplements offers a wide variety of sizes for the resveratrol product, ranging from capsules in gelatin and vegetarian formats to powders in everything from 10 grams to 100 grams to a kilogram, up to a 25 kilogram size.

Pricing, discounts, and packages

The 300 capsule bottle appears to be significantly more expensive when taken at face value. But once you consider that dosage of this product is simply a single capsule per day, it becomes clear what a great value this $119.96 USD price tag truly is, as that’s nearly a year’s supply all in one. The other important consideration is that this dosage of a single capsule includes a full 500 mg of resveratrol, packing a real punch all in one shot.

You can also save 5% by subscribing for refills, grab free shipping to the continental US on orders above $59, and get price breaks by pairing this item with others on the website. 

How this product made our list of the top resveratrol products

Bulk Supplements’ resveratrol offering made our list with a combination of top purity of ingredients and its vast array of sizes and product offering combos. Another strong contributing factor is Bulk Supplements’ large number of very happy customers, who rate the product at a full five stars, even with more than 370 reviews.

Learn more at BulkSupplements.com

3. PureFormulas – Decades of Distinction

Pros 

  • High-end quality control process
  • 30 years of industry experience
  • Excellent rewards program

Cons

  • Free shipping requires sign-up with partner

What is it and how does it help?

Resveratrol from PureFormulas is an exciting addition to this list of best resveratrol nutritional supplements. Hailing from the company’s line of Pure Encapsulations, orders of resveratrol come in 60 or 120 capsule bottles. That means each bottle represents a single capsule dosage per day and contains two or four months of supply, respectively. Eventually, as you grow in your body’s attunement to this dietary supplement, you can increase this dosage to a maximum of five capsules per day as well. 

This addition is exciting because PureFormulas’ Pure Encapsulations arm has a whopping 30 years of research and development of supplements. The company puts its products through a stringent process and the outcome shows in quality offerings like Pure Encapsulations Resveratrol. 

Resveratrol from PureFormulas brings the power of red wine to promote the health of blood cell platelets and remove free radicals for healthy enzyme function. This formula draws resveratrol from polygonum cuspidatum, an herb found in East Asia and Japan. 

Pricing, discounts, and packages

PureFormulas employs its own rewards program that is surprisingly generous. Not only do you get one point per dollar spent on the site, but you also get 250 just for registering for the program and another 250 for personalizing your profile on the site. That’s a full 500 points up-front that can immediately be used for purchases of $50 USD or more. The program also rewards you with 50 points per product review as well, encouraging you to share your thoughts on their products with others. 

There is also easy access to both free returns and free two-day shipping through partner ShopRunner. And the friend referral program lets you give a friend $5 to spend, while scoring $10 for you, for every successful friend referral.

How this product made our list of the top resveratrol products

Pure Encapsulations combines high end quality control and manufacturing with a remedy thousands of years in the making to bring you one of the best resveratrol supplements available today. Its versatile website includes options like a drop-down menu for auto-ship subscription services, allowing you to customize the specific number of days you want your subscription to ship on. And its excellent rewards program means tons of long-term savings. You’re in good hands with PureFormulas.

Learn more at PureFormulas.com

4. Health Products For You – Optimized Resveratrol Excellence

Pros 

  • Effective resveratrol + phytonutrients formula 
  • Strong rewards program
  • Free shipping

Cons

  • No customer reviews on the HPFY website for this product

What is it and how does it help?

The Life Extension optimized resveratrol offering employs only the best-in-class ingredients to help promote longevity, boost antioxidants, and even out cellular aging. This anti-aging supplement is based on trans-resveratrol for purity and effectiveness and also includes the quercetin and fisetin phytonutrients. 

These phytonutrients, in turn, have a wide variety of health benefits including everything from reducing weight gain and bone loss to increasing energy and keeping your gut health and microbiome healthy and balanced. The specific phytonutrients, quercetin and fisetin, promote similar results as resveratrol. Together with Life Extension’s 250 mg of resveratrol, these are thought to be complementary in terms of bolstering the same positive effects while promoting healthy aging. 

Life Extension’s resveratrol nutritional supplement, via Health Products For You, simulates the effects of a restricted calorie diet in the body, thereby encouraging youthful cellular behavior. This resveratrol dietary supplement also helps maintain balance in blood sugar, promotes healthy insulin behaviors in the body, supports strong mitochondrial responses, and is full of antioxidant positives as well. 

Pricing, discounts, and packages

Sign up for the Health Products For You email list and save 10 percent off your first three purchases. You can also set up “auto reorder” to shave another seven percent off your monthly order. 

The Health Products for You rewards program is also easy to start, easy to use, and beneficial to take advantage of. Just by being a part of the program you get a flat percentage off each order (up to 10%). Joining the rewards program is as simple as creating an account on the website. With no extra steps to employ, that’s about as easy as it gets. 

Rewards can be bountiful through this system as well, maxing out at $50 per purchase and putting a massive dent in your overall costs. 

How this product made our list of the top resveratrol products

Life Extension’s resveratrol made this list due to its effective combination of resveratrol and phytonutrients, providing a strong one-two-punch of powerful anti-aging benefits. 

Learn more at HealthProductsForYou.com

5. ProHealth – Potency Powerhouse

Pros 

  • Potent resveratrol dosage
  • Bolstered by green tea extract
  • Third-party tested quality

Cons

  • Best to take with food, so taking supplement with water alone is not recommended

What is it and how does it help?

ProHealth Longevity takes the approach of focusing on trans-resveratrol up a notch, by focusing its entire product on the trans-resveratrol part of the resveratrol supplement. This version of resveratrol offers increased absorption so your body incorporates its benefits quickly and effectively. The inclusion of green tea extract also helps bolster absorption into the bloodstream and improve performance. 

Once absorbed, the antioxidant, joint, brain and cardiovascular health benefits get to work to promote aging in healthy ways and boost immunity. Resveratrol can also help improve regulation of blood sugar. ProHealth Longevity’s trans-resveratrol product also includes quercetin, red wine extract, and BioPerine (derived from black pepper), which helps further boost bioavailability.

Dosage is generous at 1000 mg of trans-resveratrol once you work up to the full two capsule daily dosage, which is recommended to take in the morning. Each bottle of ProHealth Longevity’s resveratrol nutritional supplement comes with 60 capsules, providing a full month’s 30 days of supply. 

Pricing, discounts, and packages

Subscribe for recurring deliveries of ProHealth Longevity’s Trans-Resveratrol and save 10 percent off the top. You can also knock $25 USD off your first order over $125 by signing up for the ProHealth Longevity email newsletter. And the company’s partnership with financing firm Klarna means you can split up the cost over the course of four payments at an interest-free rate, as long as your order is more than $35 USD – meaning you have easier access to bundles and multiple product orders as well.

How this product made our list of the top resveratrol products

ProHealth Longevity provides one of the best resveratrol supplement versions on the market, coming in hot at a full 1000 mg of optimized resveratrol per day.

How We Chose Our Top Resveratrol Nutritional Supplements

In order to create a list of the best resveratrol supplements on the market, we consulted dieticians, nutritionists, and a slate of biochemists and physicians. We then lined up the top-selling resveratrol supplements in the world and assessed them side-by-side. Parameters used in this assessment covered everything from formulary requirements to third-party testing to manufacturing protocols to storage and distribution channels. What you see here are the results of rigorous review resulting in the very best resveratrol supplement options available today. 

What is Resveratrol?

Resveratrol is a natural compound that is found in the skin of red grapes, dark chocolate, and some other foods. It has been shown to have numerous health benefits for humans. Resveratrol has been shown to be effective against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and other conditions.

Resveratrol was first discovered in 1939 and has since been found to be a potent antioxidant that can reduce inflammation and protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Resveratrol is naturally produced by plants to protect against environmental stresses such as ultraviolet rays or drought conditions. The list of resveratrol benefits has also been shown to include protective effects against cardiovascular diseases and age-related disorders.

Resveratrol inhibits the activity of enzymes that promote cancer cell growth such as p53, Mdm2 and AMPK. Resveratrol can also inhibit the activity of NF-kappaB, which is a transcription factor involved in inflammation and tumor development. Resveratrol also has been shown to be a potent chemopreventive agent, which means it could help prevent the development of cancer.

Resveratrol is being studied for its protective effects on various brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. In animals, resveratrol has been shown to restore muscle function after stroke and improve motor function in rats with Huntington’s disease. This powerful compound may also have the ability to slow down the aging process in humans. 

In a study of elderly subjects, resveratrol supplements increased blood flow and oxygenation in the brain as well as improved exercise capacity and memory. This suggests that resveratrol has neuroprotectant properties that could potentially keep our brains healthy as we age.

How to Choose the Best Resveratrol Supplement Products?

One of the things to expect from a good resveratrol supplement is that it should be standardized for purity and potency. It should also be free of any alcohol or sugar.  

Research on resveratrol supplements has shown that it can also help to reduce inflammation, slow cell aging, lower blood sugar levels and protect against cancer. There are different types of resveratrol supplement production sources, such as red wine extract, grape extract, and grapeseed extract. All are made from fermenting a specific type of grape, as that is the best and most potent source of resveratrol itself. 

Some resveratrol supplements are believed to have greater potency than others, but this is not always clear, as the substance is still being heavily researched and developed. 

The National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health recommends that resveratrol supplements be taken with food, as they can otherwise cause gas, cramps, diarrhea and other digestive side effects.

What are the Health Benefits of Resveratrol?

Resveratrol is a phytoalexin, which is an antioxidant that is produced by plants. It has been found to have many important health-promoting properties and has been shown to have a range of benefits for people who take it as a supplement. 

The main health benefits of resveratrol are thought to be: 

  • Lowering the risk of heart disease 
  • Inhibiting cancer progression
  • Reducing inflammation in the body
  • Helping to control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes
  • Improving brain function and memory
  • Promoting healthy aging 
  • Protecting against cell damage

How Much Resveratrol Should I Take?

The amount of resveratrol to take varies widely. Elements involved in making this decision include the milligrams included in your chosen supplement, the recommended daily dosage, and can even be influenced by things like your height, weight, age, and activity level. 

Each of the best resveratrol supplement companies on this list include recommended daily dosages, so it’s important to reach each bottle or packaging carefully. That said, most professional recommendations tend to fall between the 250 mg and 1,500 mg mark to begin with, rolling up to the 2,500 mg mark.

Do Resveratrol Supplements Have Any Side Effects?

Resveratrol supplements have little to no side effects in nearly any format. Some proponents of resveratrol supplements have reported slightly upset stomach issues, but only at the highest dosages for longer periods of time. 

Despite the lack of side effects, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid resveratrol. There are a number of reasons for this. First, the supplement can be sourced from a variety of food sources, some of which are not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, such as the alcohol content of red wine. Another reason women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid taking resveratrol is that it is a supplement that is not regulated by the FDA, so general caution should be taken just in case. 

There is even less research involved in the use of resveratrol in children, so it is not recommended for use by kids either. 

Those with bleeding disorders should also take heed, as resveratrol may slow blood clotting. For this same reason, anyone approaching or finishing surgery should avoid use of resveratrol as well.

If there is any question about whether or not to use resveratrol supplements, we highly recommend consulting your physician before use (or even during). 

FAQ

How does resveratrol work within the human body?

Resveratrol belongs to the polyphenol family of organic compounds. Only recently have scientists discovered some of its helpful properties and benefits for humans.

The most important property of resveratrol is its antioxidant activity. Resveratrol molecules can donate electrons to free radicals and other reactive oxygen species (ROS) before they can damage cells and DNA. Resveratrol also improves the function of mitochondria by increasing the amount of ATP produced by these organelles. This process makes more energy available to cells which may in turn lead to a healthier and more robust organism with stronger immune function. 

Resveratrol may also affect the metabolism of other compounds such as glucose, cholesterol, fatty acids, and glucose-derived substances. In particular it has been shown to slow the absorption in the digestive tract of dietary lipids, thus lowering serum levels of cholesterol.   

What outcomes do the scientific community of clinical and academic researchers find regarding resveratrol?

A study by the Université catholique de Louvain, Louvre Hospital Centre, and Paul Sabatier University showed that resveratrol lowered cholesterol levels in overweight patients without any apparent toxicity. This study also showed that resveratrol reduced inflammation in obese rats with metabolic syndrome. 

Resveratrol was found to be a potent inhibitor of cholesterol absorption across the intestinal wall, by competitively inhibiting a number of members of the ATP-dependent transporter family S1. It competes with cholesterol for binding sites on the transporter’s membrane, and prevents it from doing its job. This could prove to be an important treatment in treating hypercholesterolemia, as resveratrol could potentially inhibit the absorption of cholesterol from food into the body.

A 2010 study found that resveratrol supplementation could be used as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease by decreasing inflammation in the brain and interfering with lipid peroxidation and tau protein aggregation. It was also found to block amyloid beta production, which is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease pathology. 

In a lesser-known corner of resveratrol research, it has also been researched for use in impotence treatments. Resveratrol has been shown to improve the quality of erections in animal models, especially in diabetes-induced erectile dysfunction.   

Resveratrol has been shown to help improve memory and is currently being studied as a treatment for neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia with Lewy bodies. Resveratrol has been shown to support cognitive health and actually prevent cognitive decline when used in combination with DHA. DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid which is also known as docosahexaenoic acid.  

The first research conducted on resveratrol is attributed to scientists at the Agricultural Research Organization of Israel who found that resveratrol could protect against certain types of tumors in mice and rats, while inhibiting tumor angiogenesis (the development of blood vessels delivering oxygen and nutrients to tumors). 

In a study conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles, researchers discovered that resveratrol also helped to improve blood vessel function and prevent muscle breakdown. A study conducted in 2005 by the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Washington found that resveratrol inhibited tumor angiogenesis and reduced tumor size in mice with induced brain tumors. 

Resveratrol was also found to reduce inflammatory cytokines, which may have a role in cancer. A study conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles on resveratrol and oleuropein found that both compounds inhibited tumor angiogenesis and reduced tumor size in mice with induced brain tumors. The study concluded that resveratrol and oleuropein are promising candidates for the prevention of cancer in humans. Although resveratrol may have anti-carcinogenic effects, it does not have any significant role in preventing or treating cancer.

Resveratrol has also been shown to lower blood sugar and triglyceride levels, increase insulin sensitivity and reduce blood pressure.  Resveratrol can affect O-acetylation of histamine, the production of pro-inflammatory eicosanoids such as prostaglandin D2 and lipoxins, adenosine 3′,5′-monophosphate Resveratrol has been shown to be an anti-inflammatory agent in both laboratory studies on rats and human studies.  

What other substances complement resveratrol?

Resveratrol is a chemical compound found in grapes, peanuts, and other plants. It can be used as a supplement to promote health and longevity.

The following are some of the best substances that complement resveratrol:

  • CoQ10: it helps the body produce energy and protects the body from free radicals;
  • Alpha lipoic acid: it helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, balances cholesterol levels, reduces inflammation;
  • Vitamin C: it helps the body absorb iron and prevents scurvy;
  • Magnesium: it improves muscle function and has been shown to reduce high blood pressure.
  • Green tea: it has been shown to contain catechins which are powerful antioxidants.
  • Curcumin: this is a component of turmeric that is known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Saffron: this spice has been shown to have antioxidant properties as well as reduce inflammation.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids: these can be found in fish oil and flaxseed oil and have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Does resveratrol actually work? 

The resveratrol supplement industry has been booming for years now because of its potential as an effective anti-aging supplement and its capacity to promote cardiovascular health. But does it work?

The answer is yes, but more research is needed. There is plenty of evidence that resveratrol works to prevent cardiovascular disease and reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications. But the supplement industry has only been able to provide limited evidence that resveratrol works as a supplement for conditions like cancer or Alzheimer’s disease. More research is needed in order to provide the levels of deep, peer-reviewed evidence beyond the positive cellular behaviors exhibited in research studies thus far, but the results are truly exciting! 

What are polyphenols?

You may have noticed that this article refers to resveratrol as a “polyphenol”. Polyphenols are plant substances that are not essential for human nutrition but have a number of health benefits. 

Polyphenols are a type of phytochemical in plants, also known as natural phenols or plant phenols. Polyphenols act as a defense against insects and other plant eating organisms and can be found in all parts of the plant, including leaves, bark, flowers, roots and fruits. Polyphenols are synthesized by plants for protection from their predators. Polyphenol compounds can also be made synthetically and added to food products for flavoring and coloring purposes. 

Polyphenols can be divided into two groups: flavonoids and non-flavonoids. Flavonoids are the most common type of polyphenol and include anthocyanins, flavanones, flavones, flavanols, isoflavones, catechins and tannins. Non-flavonoid polyphenols include stilbenes, coumarins, lignans and phenolic acids. 

Flavonoids are divided into two subgroups: flavones and isoflavones. Flavones are compounds that contain a phenyl group and a hydroxyl group. Isoflavones, on the other hand, contain an isopropyl group.

Polyphenols have been found to inhibit the formation of carrageenan-induced gastric ulcers in rats, and have been noted as a beneficial compound in some cancer studies.

Phenolic acids are a large group of compounds found in plants and many spices. They occur naturally, arising from non-enzymatic reactions between sugars and the phenol backbone. Some phenolic acids are known for their antioxidant properties, such as resveratrol, which is found in red wine.

What are antioxidants and why are they important? 

Antioxidants are substances that prevent oxidation from occurring. Oxidative stress is a process in which the body produces an excess of reactive oxygen species (ROS).

The body needs antioxidants to counteract these ROS.

Antioxidants are important to humans because they help protect against oxidative stress, which can lead to chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Antioxidant compounds also provide protection against aging and help promote healthy skin and hair.

What are the reasons for taking a high-quality resveratrol supplement?

High quality resveratrol supplements are those that come with a high concentration of the active ingredient. They are also made from natural ingredients and should be manufactured in a GMP-certified facility. 

There are many reasons for taking a high-quality resveratrol supplement, but one of the most important is to maintain optimal health. Resveratrol is an antioxidant that helps prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals. It also promotes general health and well-being by reducing inflammation and boosting energy levels. 

What is the best way to take resveratrol?

There are a number of ways that you can take resveratrol. The most common way is through supplementation which comes in pill form or as an extract that can be mixed into water or food. 

Resveratrol supplements come in a variety of forms and there are a number ways to take it:

  • In supplement form (as a capsule or powder, as is the case for most of the supplements on this list)
  • In food form (such as red wine)
  • As an extract from the skin of grapes or berries
  • As part of a topical cream

There are also “resveratrol elixirs” which are resveratrol-infused beverages made from fruits, vegetables, herbs and other ingredients. One common ingredient is pomegranate juice. 

Conclusion 

Resveratrol is an exciting and promising supplement, full of natural, powerful effects to reduce aging, infuse effective antioxidants, promote overall health and wellness, and support a healthy cardiovascular system. With all of the options available on the market, we hope this list of the best resveratrol supplements has done enough of the work for you to choose the right option for your own health.

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Friday: Beau Young Prince at Songbyrd

Beau Young Prince, one of D.C.’s brightest young hip-hop stars, headlines a show on Dec. 2, accompanied by a squad of talented local musicians and DJs. The Songbyrd event will be hosted by radio personality and music executive P Stew and feature opening performances by Lord Francis, Look Damien, Danjale, and Beti. Momooshiro will also take the stage to perform her spicy debut single, “Lately.” Elite DJs Mickey Rockz, Bast, and Nah FR will take turns kicking out the vibes. But Prince—he’s coming back home. BYP has racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. He burst on the national scene in 2018 with a hit single “Kill Moe,” and signed a recording contract with Def Jam. He also received a coveted Grammy nomination for his song “Let Go,” which was featured on the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack. “I wrote ‘Let Go’ to honor my late cousin and uncle,” BYP tells City Paper. “The soundtrack was certified double platinum [it sold two million units] and it continues to go crazy on streaming platforms. I’m grateful to everyone for supporting the record.” BYP recently released another red-hot single, “Oops,” as a homage to superstar rapper and producer Missy Elliott. The track features BYP spitting fiery bars over an interpolated sample of the classic Tweet hit “Oops (Oh My).” BYP is looking forward to performing his new material in front of a hometown audience. He’s currently recording under his own imprint, Half & Half Records, and he wants to end 2022 on a high note. “I’m really excited for this one. It’s been a while since the city and I had a talk,” says BYP. “The show lineup is crazy! Some old faces and some new. I’ve really been connecting the dots. You’re likely to see one of your favorite artists or discover a new one.” Beau Young Prince plays at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 at Songbyrd, 540 Penn St. NE. songbyrddc.com. $19.32. — Sidney Thomas

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Friday: Dolly Disco at 9:30 Club

Whether you’re tired from working 9 to 5 (what a way to make a living!) or trying to keep your man out of Jolene’s clutches, it’s time for a good old-fashioned country music dance party. Head to 9:30 Club for the Dolly Disco: The Dolly Parton Inspired Country Dance Party. There will be toe-tapping classics by Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, the Chicks, Shania Twain, Kacey Musgraves, and other classic women country superstars. Iconic women and queer powerhouse vocalists and artists, such as Cher, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Sheryl Crow, and Orville Peck, will be at the party, too. D.C.-based DJ Rodeo Starr shares, “The goal of the event was to create a fun and inclusive dance party that celebrates some of country music’s badass women, while also blending in high energy retro pop and dance hits. My favorite thing about the Dolly Dance Party is how much energy everyone brings to the events. There are blonde wigs, bell bottoms, rhinestones, and fringe everywhere! It really is an honor to be able to see the outfits everyone wears to the shows.” Dust off those boots, don your favorite cowgirl hat, throw on that vintage denim jacket, and wear all the rhinestones. Let’s go, girls. Dolly Disco starts at 8 p.m. on Dec. 2 at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 930.com. $20. —Colleen Kennedy

Scenes from Dolly Disco’s past; courtesy of Steve Sobosla

Saturday: Arts, Beats, and Eats Festival at miXt Food Hall

The Arts, Beats, and Eats Festival returns to the miXt Food Hall on Dec. 3. Join more than 20 local artists, live musicians, and restaurants for a day of art, fun, food, and libations. The festival is part of the Winter Open Studio Tour and a great opportunity to explore Maryland’s vibrant Gateway Arts District. It’s a chance to take a sneak peek inside the work spaces at Studio 3807 and Artisan 4100. Visitors can stroll through the studios, ask questions, and experience the lively atmosphere of the district. Participating artists include Imani Russell, Kea Dupree, Tom Hill, John Paradiso, Ellen Cornet, Christina Osheim, and other fine art and craft-oriented creators. Just in time for the holidays, much of the work on display will be available for sale as unique, one-of-a-kind gifts. Featured musicians from Just Rock, an innovative music school, studio, and rehearsal space—including Freddy Lawson, Sadia Bangura, Devin Robinson, Sam Hudson, and Kaleb Davis—will perform live throughout the event. miXt Food Hall will have pop-up food and craft vendors in addition to their regular in-house stalls Relish Market, Spice Kitchen, Mush, Simple Pleasures, and La Michoacana. To make it special, miXt Brew/Drink, a coffee and cocktail bar, will offer happy hour pricing all day. The festival venues include Portico Gallery, Studio 3807, Art Annex Studios, Just Rock, and miXt Food Hall all of which are in one very walkable block from one another. In partnership with the festival, neighboring studios 39th Street Art Center and the Brentwood Arts Exchange will open their doors as well. Arts, Beats, and Eats Festival runs from noon to 5 p.m., with a holiday after party at miXt Drink runs 5 to 8 p.m. 3807 to 4100 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. artsbeatseatsdmv.com. Free. —Sidney Thomas

Monday: A Bohemian Christmas at Atlas Performing Arts Center

Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, courtesy of Atlas Performing Arts Center

Swing to a bohemian Christmas for a night of holiday classics and contemporary seasonal songs with the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra. Back in the day, U Street NW’s Bohemian Caverns was a basement jazz club famous for hosting the likes of Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway. Throughout its years, musicians such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Nina Simone, and Charles Mingus took to the stage and the small club became D.C.’s premier jazz venue until it closed in 2016. But six years before that happened, the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra formed and took over a Monday night residency at the historic club every week. Now, the orchestra brings the ghost of the venue’s past to life. This evening will be directed by Brad Linde and Joe Herrera, and the orchestra will play cool classics by an array of famous jazz musicians, many of them listed above, in addition to their own arrangements. Let the big band put you in the holiday spirit. Dressing like a beatnik is not required. The show starts at 8 p.m. on Dec. 5 at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. atlasarts.org. $15–25. —Simone Goldstone 

Wednesday: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Big Star’s #1 Record at Union Stage 

Courtesy of Union Stage

“I never travel too far without/ A little Big Star.” The often skimmed over ’70s power pop band Big Star weren’t iconized until the Replacements brought their legacy to the forefront with the song “Alex Chilton.” But music aficionados know the underrated Memphis band left a burning brand in music history, influencing alternative rock of the ’80s and ’90s with their distinct style. Big Star were a cult band whose original lineup you’ll never get to see, but drummer Jody Stephens, the only surviving member, is bringing the closest thing to life by celebrating the 50th anniversary of Big Star’s #1 Record with a supergroup tour. Frontman Alex Chilton passed away from heart troubles in 2010 and bassist Andy Hummel died a few months later. Stephens sought to carry on the torch with a roster of Chris Stamey from the dB’s, Mike Mills from R.E.M., Jon Auer from the Posies, and Wilco’s Pat Sansone. In addition to performing a full run-through of Big Star’s debut record, the group will sing favorites from the rest of the band’s catalogue. If you’ve never listened to Big Star before, be prepared to fall in love while swaying to the out-of-obscurity forefathers of alternative music. If you’re already a fan, get ready to hear classics such as “Thirteen,” “The Ballad of El Goodo,” and “Don’t Lie To Me” as you’ve never heard them before. Life is short, but music is forever. The celebration starts at 8 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW. unionstage.com. $22. —Simone Goldstone