Wondering how to make resveratrol more bioavailable?
Resveratrol is a compound found in red wine, grapes, peanuts, and some berries and it’s known for its high antioxidant properties. There’s plenty of research on the potential health benefits of resveratrol, and the results speak for themselves.
Resveratrol has been shown to have so many positive potential health effects, from helping to treat* and prevent* cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases to even inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.
Unfortunately, resveratrol is metabolised so quickly by humans that it’s important to figure out how to make resveratrol more bioavailable so that your body can properly reap the benefits of this incredible supplement.
These three tips help your body absorb more resveratrol so that you see even more health properties and protections.
How to Make Resveratrol More Bioavailable
- Repetition and Routine is Important
With supplements, you might think the higher the dose, the more effective it would be. But this isn’t necessarily true, especially when it comes to how to make resveratrol more bioavailable.
It’s been shown that resveratrol is actually more effective after repetitive doses rather than fewer, larger doses. In order to reap the health benefits of resveratrol, get into the habit of taking resveratrol daily so that your body knows to expect it and can better absorb it. It can help to take it at the same time of day so that taking your resveratrol supplement becomes automatic.
- Time of Day Matters
You might not realise it, but the time of day you take supplements can be important when it comes to its absorption.
For resveratrol, the most important time of the day is the morning. In fact, in one study, the highest concentrations of resveratrol in the participants was found at 8 am and 12 pm. Taking your resveratrol with your breakfast is a key component of how to make resveratrol more bioavailable.
- Eat it With Piperine
While most foods have no significant effect on the absorbability of resveratrol, there is one that can help improve its bioavailability.
Piperine (found in black pepper) has been shown to significantly increase the body’s ability to absorb resveratrol, to the point where you can take smaller doses of resveratrol with piperine and still see the same effects. If you’re looking to maximize the bioavailability of resveratrol, try taking it at the same time as a meal with black pepper, or break the capsules apart and add to a smoothie? 🥤
You may also be aware that curcumin in turmeric also needs piperine from black pepper to be properly absorbed.
Resveratrol is an incredible health compound, but it’s often found in high-fat or high-calorie foods. A resveratrol supplement is the perfect option for a calorie-free and convenient way to reap the strong health benefits of this antioxidant.
The Perfect ResGrape Resveratrol is a high quality, natural supplement that uniquely includes the entire grape in addition to the resveratrol compound—in fact, one serving of this supplement has as much of the resveratrol as 700 glasses of red wine.
While it is challenging when it comes to how to make resveratrol more bioavailable because of how quickly the body metabolizes it, there are ways to make sure your body gets the most absorption of this powerful compound. From when and how often you take the supplement to what you eat it with, strategically taking your resveratrol supplement can make it even more powerful, and the exponential health benefits are worth it. 🙌🏻
Taking Resveratrol with Fat (such as Yoghurt)
I recently listened to a podcast where the interviewer (Ed Mylett) was interviewing David Sinclair, a biologist and professor of genetics who wrote the book: Lifespan - Why We Age and Why We Don't Have To.
In the podcast, David mentions that one factor for making resveratrol more bioavailable is taking it with some yoghurt. I have heard others say any fat but I have found inconclusive supporting evidence so I can not say if this is true or not?
What has been studies though, is that taking resveratrol with a meal or with/in food (so it has something to bind to) helps the bioavailability.
David also says in this interview, that resveratrol activates a particular enzyme in the body called SIRT1. This enzyme is a defensive enzyme that fights diseases and ageing.
Studies have suggested that taking resveratrol with a meal have resulted in lowering blood sugar (this is very important in slowing the aging process and increasing longevity).
Resveratrol has been shown to activate anti-aging pathways in the body.
I do however think that someone like him would know as he has decades in the anti-aging field and has studied resveratrol extensively.
If this is something you may consider doing, I'd suggest adding the resveratrol powder to either your yoghurt, cereal with yoghurt or a smoothie with yoghurt but don't forget the black pepper! 🍶
Ok, so it probably goes without saying, that quality matters! You want to go for resveratrol that is pure and free from anything nasty (fillers, synthetic ingredients, chemical pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, GMOs etc..).
There are many resveratrol supplements on the market that use poor quality resveratrol (cis-resveratrol) rather high-quality trans-resveratrol like this one.
They may also contain emodin (Perfect Resveratrol does not!) and this can cause tummy upset. Emodin is processed out of the Perfect Resveratrol. Low-grade resveratrol supplements are most likely to contain this compound so if you have a sensitive system it might be best to avoid emodin?
(free from emodin, fillers, chemicals, GMOs and all nasties)
What Else Might Resveratrol Be Good For?
Besides slowing ageing and increasing longevity and lifespan, resveratrol has a whole host of potential benefits such as:
- Helping heart health
- Protecting the brain (may help prevent Alzheimer's disease)
- May suppress cancer cells
- May help joint wellbeing (protect against deterioration)
- Positive effect on blood fats (may help cholesterol sufferers)
- May help lower blood pressure
- May help with diabetes
-May protect against oxidative stress
-May help decrease inflammation
-Activates a protein (AMPK) that helps the body to metabolise glucose to help keep blood sugar low
Of course, while there are many potential health benefits, there are also a few risks for certain people so it is important that you are aware of them.
Resveratrol is mostly safe but it is not recommended for people who are:
- On blood-thinners such as warfarin or heparin
- Blood pressure medication
- Anxiety medication
- Immunosuppressant drugs
*Disclaimer: this is not health advice and not intended to treat, prevent, cure or diagnose and a person should always seek advice from their trusted health practitioner.