What Is Resveratrol?
Resveratrol is loaded with antioxidant properties that can help neutralise free radicals that are said to be the cause of ageing. Resveratrol comes from a natural compound found in red grape skin (resveratrol can also be found in peanuts and berries).
It belongs to a group of plant compounds known as polyphenols. Polyphenols helps protect the body by lowering the risk of cancer and cardiac diseases. Resveratrol is also a phytoalexin, it acts as antibiotic produced in plants under stress, in cases such as fungal attack, ultraviolet irradiation, or inflammation. The molecule present aids the plant to fight back and maintain good health.
Why are Antioxidants Important?
Antioxidants are the real deal when you want to slow down ageing and stay as young looking as possible. It exceptionally helps repair the damage caused by free radicals. Our body is continuously replacing and repairing the damages caused by free radicals.
However, the reason why we are bombarded with free radicals is the way we look after ourselves. The food we eat, our lifestyle and the environment are main contributors of free radical damaged cells. By consuming antioxidants, we are assisting the body to stop the formation of new free radicals.
Scientists found out that the antioxidant properties of resveratrol is helpful in keeping the body at its state of wellness. It is known to preserve longevity, to be good for the heart, an anti inflammatory and have anti cancer properties.
Most red grapes contain higher concentration levels of resveratrol than thin skinned white or green grapes.
Resveratrol has been actively studied by Scientists for over 20 years because of its amazing health benefits. They want to know the answer to the French Paradox which is: French diet revolves around pork, baguettes, croissants, butter, cream, fatty liver pate, pastry and cheese, all these can contribute to weight gain. Why is it that they have a relatively low rate of heart disease and obesity despite a high dietary intake of cholesterol and saturated fat than those from the Western Countries?
This is the million dollar question. Could it be because of red wine? French people are known for their love of drinking red wine in moderate amounts, which is a good source of resveratrol. A reason why most of them have slender bodies and healthier heart.
Ellagic acid is shown to act as an antioxidant in the body, helping to decrease inflammation and protect against disease.
Phytoestrogens are plant-based molecules that mimic estrogen but are not to be confused with endocrine disruptors like BPAs or even modern soy.*
Phytoestrogens have been shown to help women going through both perimenopause and menopause when oestrogen deficiency is experienced.
*Soy is a controversial topic but we are of the firm belief that it is best avoided for optimal health. More on that soon...
Polyphenols are compounds that act as antioxidants.
Phytoestrogen Potential Benefits
- Known to help a great deal in women's health issues*
- Known to help prevent osteoporosis *
- May help to combat women's health issues*
- Can help to treat acne*
- Shown to help heart health*
- Studies show positive news regarding breast cancer*
- May help to lower the risk of heart disease*
- May help to prevent blood clots/DVT*
- May help healthy digestion*
- Mat help to support the brain*
*These are only potentials and we are not making any claims here. We always suggest and encourage people to do their own independent research.
Upon Our research from PubMed, and other online medical/evidence-based resources, resveratrol has many exciting potential benefits for health in general (and we may be repeating some of the above) such as:
- Hormone balance (PMS, perimenopause & menopause)
- Anti-ageing and skin-loving goodness
- Known to encourage healthy oestrogen levels in women
- Known to help encourage healthy testosterone levels in men
- Shown to promote healthy cognitive function (brain-protective)
- Being thought to be the next nootropic
- May help with weight management
- May help promote liver health
- May support muscle recovery and exercise performance
- May help with joint relief (especially when combined with a type II collagen)
Red Wine Facts
Get a better idea on how red wine can help maintain your heart health and your body too.
- Drinking red wine everyday in moderate amounts can help prevent coronary heart disease.
- It slows down or may prevent the progression of atherosclerosis.
- Reduces the risk of kidney stone formation.
- It fabricates anti-clotting action.
- It can decrease the damaging effect of smoking to the endothelium.
- It prevents cancer cell maturation and proliferation through the release of apoptosis (programmed cell death).
- Decrease risk of Alzheimer’s Disease by preventing plaque formation.
- Prevents Diabetes Mellitus.
- Protects against obesity and ageing effects.
- Helps reduce stress.
A Study On the Health Benefits of Resveratrol
An Australian study was conducted on hypertensive men and post menopausal women. The researchers who conducted this study monitored the effect of resveratrol on the brachial artery, this is the major artery of the upper arm.
There is an impaired blood flow in this artery related to conditions such as obesity and hypertension. The participants were asked to ingest a highly bioactive form of resveratrol and after an hour the result of the experiment to the participants showed a huge improvement in the blood flow.
Aside from this study, there are 4,400 more studies that have been researched by the experts and it doesn’t only show the benefits for the heart. The good news is, resveratrol is helpful in protecting your entire body, your entire health.
What if you don’t drink but still want the benefits of red wine?
That’s a great question and a simple one to answer. You can take Resveratrol in a supplement form and two of the best and highest quality resveratrol products can be found right here. They are the Perfect Resgrape (200mg of trans-resveratrol) and the Resgrape max (400mg of trans-resveratrol). They are a capsule form and provide the same benefits that you’d get if you drank 700 glasses of wine! And no, I don’t suggest you go out and attempt to even drink 7 because that would just be crazy for your liver!
The references are linked within the article.
*Disclaimer: the information in this article is intended purely as information and not health advice. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure and one should always seek expert advice from their trusted health practitioner.