Resveratrol has gained popularity in recent years, as more and more studies reveal the powerful health benefits associated with it. This compound known as resveratrol can be found in red wine, grapes, blueberries and cranberries, and even peanuts. Resveratrol is a natural compound with very powerful anti-oxidant capacities that are created to protect various plants from bacterial and fungal attacks out in the natural world. Natural resveratrol is an antibiotic substance called phytoalexin, and is prominent in the skin of grapes. Doctor Ray Sahelian suggests that because resveratrol is produced within the grapes skin in response to attack by specific molds, grapes and wine produced in moist, northern climates (where these fungi are more prevalent) yield more resveratrol. Red wine is high in this compound, not white wine. The Mayo Clinic reports that resveratrol might be one of the key ingredients in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reducing "bad" cholesterol and preventing blood clots. This is good news to those that indulge in a glass of red wine with dinner.
Another recent study published online from the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, suggests that supplementing your diet with just 40 mg of resveratrol each day, can suppress inflammation and oxidative stress damage in healthy adults. Hidden inflammation created by stressful lifestyles, poor diet choices and lack of quality sleep can also be reduced by the anti-inflammatory benefits derived from ingesting consistent doses of resveratrol each day.
For the health conscious and those seeking natural alternatives to healthcare and longevity, supplemental powders and tablets can be obtained from your local health food supermarket or vitamin shop. These synthesized versions of resveratrol offer similar benefits to the natural compound found in nature, and can be consumed in larger dosages, to garner the full benefits. Many on-going studies are clarifying the many benefits of resveratrol on the human body, and will continue to provide added confirmation that this powerful compound can support the health and longevity of many.