It’s seen a lot of news coverage lately, even appearing on 60 minutes. It’s resveratrol, a natural anti-aging compound that’s naturally found in in red wine, and to a lesser extent in blueberries and nuts. Here, we’ll give you an overview of some of the benefits of this wonderful substance.
It is a very potent anti-aging compound, as we previously mentioned. It can mimic the effects of a calorie-restricted diet, which has been shown to reduce the effects of aging on the body. A University of Wisconsin study seems to confirm this. Resveratrol can have the same effect as restricting calories by 20-30%, even if you don’t change a thing about your diet.
This substance may also reduce the amount of fat in your body, and could, in the future, be used to combat obesity. The Endocrine Society’s 90th annual meeting touted this fantastic discovery. Resveratrol may also work to protect your heart. The potent antioxidants found in red wine may help in the regulation of blood sugar levels, by slowing the absorption of carbohydrates into the bloodstream. This in turn will help keep blood pressure lower, and possibly prevent heart disease.
Resveratrol may also improve breast health. It can inhibit the growth of abnormal cells that can lead to a lot of types of breast cancer. This information is according to a study that was published in a July 2008 edition of Cancer Prevention Research. Taking resveratrol may prevent the progression of the disease.
A study from the American Journal of Physiology-Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology discovered that resveratrol may keep fatty deposits from building up in the liver, a condition frequently found in those who consume a lot of alcohol. It may activate two molecules (AMPK and SiRT1) which send signals to cells concerning the metabolism of fat in the liver. These molecules can be stunted by alcohol, which can lead to the buildup of fat in the liver..
Resveratrol is also a potent antibacterial agent. It can help protect you from food-born sicknesses, according to a University of Missouri study. Red wines such as pinot noirs and cabernets can block food-borne germs without killing off those beneficial probiotics. Ethanol and resveratrol were both found to have this effect.
In short, you should definitely give it a try. It can fight disease, and is a great anti-aging compound (and the research has been done to prove it!) New research is being done every day, and we are finding more and more things to like about resveratrol.