Resveratrol started gaining a lot of attention in the early 90s for its possible health benefits, though many people still wonder exactly what it is. Resveratrol is a naturally-occurring micronutrient found in grapes, red wine, purple grape juice, peanuts, blueberries, cranberries and some antioxidant supplements. It belongs to a class of polyphenolic compounds called stilbenes.
Many studies have shown the effects of resveratrol in animals, and there’s quite a bit of anecdotal information available touting the benefits of resveratrol. Resveratrol can support the cardiovascular system and may have some anti-aging properties as well. These health benefits have been reported by users, and so far, there have not been consistent reports of any negative resveratrol side effects.
Resveratrol may be found in supplements that contain several antioxidants. In general, antioxidants help protect your body from the damage that can be caused by free radicals that are formed as a natural part of oxidization (the process that makes a freshly-cut apple turn brown). Stress and poor diet can increase free radical production. Natural antioxidants and other nutrients that are found in muscadine grape juice make a powerful supplement that can help maintain healthy circulation, nervous system function and the elimination of free radicals.
The Mayo Clinic reports that resveratrol is a “key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) and prevents blood clots.” They go on to say that “some research has shown that resveratrol could be linked to a reduced risk of inflammation and blood clotting, both of which can lead to heart disease” but note that more research is needed before it’s known whether resveratrol was the cause for the reduced risk.
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in incorporating into your diet, you can increase your intake by eating foods that are resveratrol-rich, such as muscadine grapes, peanuts, and some berries such as blueberries and cranberries. You can also add a resveratrol supplement like Vollara’s Re:Plenish to your daily diet to increase your intake. While conventional resveratrol supplements can be difficult for the body to absorb (those in capsule or powdered form), Re:Plenish is a liquid resveratrol supplement that’s quickly absorbed and used by the body much more readily.