Resveratrol health benefits are plentiful. Studies have shown that not only is it good for your heart, it has many other important perks for your body. There have now been more than 4,400 studies on the benefits of resveratrol to date, showing that it helps to protect your entire body.
Within the last decade, resveratrol—a polyphenol found in red wine—has stormed into the nutritional supplement arena with a reception befitting a superstar. While I was originally a bit skeptical of the benefits of resveratrol given one falsified study, I’ve kept my eye on it and I’m firmly convinced it’s the key to better heart health and longevity.
As a nurse and now an acupuncturist, I was hesitant to encourage my patients to drink wine. However, now that I’ve learned the benefits of drinking wine, most especially red wine, I’ve changed my mind. Of course everything in moderation is my motto.
Resveratrol health benefits: What IS this resveratrol?
So, what is resveratrol and what are the benefits of it? Resveratrol is a flavonoid antioxidant, which is present in grape skins and red grape juice. In plants, it naturally protects against invading fungi. It does this with its synthesized defense mechanism. Resveratrol promotes longevity as found in many research studies. It is good for your heart, increases your metabolism, decreases your chance of getting Alzheimer’s, and lowers your blood sugar.
What really impressed me as a nurse and acupuncturist, was research showing that resveratrol helps to keep your blood flowing as it should and improves blood flow to the brain…Imagine that?
Resveratrol Health Benefits Studied
In an Australian study of overweight hypertensive men and post-menopausal women, researchers monitored resveratrol’s effect on the brachial artery, the major artery of the upper arm. Impaired blood flow in this vessel is linked to risk factors such as obesity and hypertension. After consuming of a highly bioactive form of resveratrol, participants demonstrated a significant and rapid increase of blood flow within the hour.
Resveratrol works its heart-support “magic” in two ways. First off, it protects the endothelium, the delicate inner layer of your arteries, from oxidative free radical damage. Second, resveratrol helps to protect the production of nitric oxide, the critical chemical produced by the endothelium that keeps blood vessels optimally dilated.
Resveratrol benefits have many more gains. There have now been more than 4,400 studies on the benefits of resveratrol to date, showing that it helps to protect your entire body.
Resveratrol health benefits are many:
- Protecting the endothelial lining of your arteries—so blood flows as it should.
- Reducing oxidative stress, which prevents premature aging of cells.
- Blocking the production of nf kappa b, a powerful, noxious inflammatory agent.
- Cellular support that improves mental function, and promotes oral/dental health.
- Cancer suppression by preventing cancer cell replication and enhancing cancer cell death in a variety of laboratory cell culture studies.
- Muscle health, by reducing muscle wasting associated with diabetes and cancer.
How much resveratrol should you take? As with every nutrient there is a “sweet spot” for dosing. The recommended dose it 30 mg of resveratrol daily. However, you do not want to exceed 250 mg a daily. This may turn off the cancer-suppressing benefits of resveratrol. Instead it may be most beneficial to simply have one glass of red wine daily. That is much more fun than taking a supplement in my opinion!
Resveratrol health benefits= drink more wine!
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