You may already have heard of resveratrol, the powerful antioxidant and anti-aging compound found in wine, fruits like pomegranate, some nuts and cocoa and how it promises remarkable health benefits.
Typically associated with grapes and red wine, some health experts believe resveratrol may be the solution to the puzzling ‘French Paradox’ - the observation that the French enjoy excellent heart health even though they eat rich, fattening food, smoke a lot and love to drink red wine.
Indeed, studies have shown that resveratrol protects the body from damaging molecules that trigger harmful inflammation.
Normally, inflammation is the body’s natural response to invading bacteria and viruses. However, an improper diet and environmental toxins can lead to a harmful condition known as chronic inflammation, which in turn leads to chronic diseases including heart disease.
Unlike most antioxidants, reservatrol can cross the blood-brain barrier to protect the brain and nervous system - helping the body fight off free radical damage, high BP, heart and blood vessel damage, Alzheimer’s disease onset and much more.
Interestingly, low doses of resveratrol were seen to mimic the effects of a restricted calorie diet (defined as 20-30 percent fewer calories than normal) in mice. Restricted calorie diets have previously been shown to increase longevity in laboratory conditions.
Red grapes produce resveratrol as a defense against fungi. Grapes with extra thick skins and numerous seeds make the most, which is why red wine has a lot of resveratrol…and why enjoying a glass or two is actually good for your health. Just remember that red wine is only beneficial for your health when consumed in moderation.
If you’re not a big red wine drinker, resveratrol is also found in cocoa, dark chocolate, green teas and peanuts.
Resveratrol is also available in supplement form. However, it’s important to remember that not all nutritional supplements are created equally, so you need to be careful when choosing one.
Finally, taking supplements should never be a substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle. But when it comes to protecting your health, resveratrol is clearly an important nutritional anti-aging asset you can’t afford to do without.