Resveratrol is an element found in grape skins, grape seeds, in peanuts, in berries, and in man-made supplements. (Resveratrol supplements are usually made from the Japanese and Chinese knot-weed plant)
Resveratrol is among a group of plant compounds called polyphenols, which are thought to have antioxidant properties.
We do know antioxidants help protect our bodies from just about anything that could ail us, from dry skin to cancer.
Doses of resveratrol used upon non-human animals, in controlled laboratory settings, have shown positive results for its curative and defensive (antioxidant-like) powers. Likewise for tests done in test tubes.
While researching this report, I couldn’t find any controlled tests about the long-term effects of resveratrol on people.
Despite lacking clear scientific proof, there’re thousands of websites touting resveratrol’s powers (most of them sells the stuff, naturally ;). Here’s a short list of ailments resveratrol is claimed to help:
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer’s & Dementia
- Anti-aging, etc.
I’ve read a lot about resveratrol. And, I figure it probably does contain some antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
When our body gets plenty of antioxidants, they (antioxidants) help defend us against toxins which could harm us and age us faster. They also help rid our bodies of free radicals.
Free radicals are damaged molecules looking to steal an electron from healthy molecules, thereby doing damage to a healthy cell.
When our healthy cells get damaged, they’re more vulnerable to some nasty diseases, (like cancer) and damaged cells speed up the aging process.
Resveratrol then, as an antioxidant, could keep us healthier and could stabilize our aging processes.
Resveratrol also fights inflammation in our body, helps with lowering LDL cholesterol, and fights blood clots from forming. It also stimulates the SIRT1 genes, a benefit for diabetes sufferers. Source
SIRT1 genes also plays a role in defending us against age-related problems like dementia, and hearing problems.
While I couldn’t find any definitive confirming lab studies, I did read clinical studies that suggested positive anti-aging benefits from taking resveratrol.
OK, here’s the part you may have been waiting for: The best source for naturally occurring resveratrol is red wine.
Yup, some doctors now advocate one glass of red wine daily. (Woe, unto us if we have too much fun!)
The potency of the resveratrol in red wine differs.
How long the red grape skins are left in the fermenting process regulates how dense it becomes. The longer, the stronger.
Yet, to get anywhere near the dosage used clinically, we’d have to guzzle a couple of quarts at a setting… something I’m no longer capable of.
Likewise for getting resveratrol from other plant foods, we can’t eat enough to test its effects used in clinical settings.
If we wanna try it, that pretty much leaves supplements. Click Here For Resveratrol
Caution: people taking blood thinners, or who regularly take aspirin and ibuprofen, probably shouldn’t take resveratrol supplements because of the increased risk of bleeding.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are always very welcome.