Resveratrol is a plant compound and polyphenol. This phytonutrient is found in red wine, in the seeds and skin of grapes, in dark coloured berries such as blueberries and mulberries, and, it’s also found in peanuts. It acts as an antioxidant, possibly protecting our body and cells from all manner of diseases, from heart disease to cancer.
There’s strong evidence to suggest that resveratrol may activate the genes responsible for protecting us against the diseases associated with aging.
Protects the Brain
Results of studies are showing positive results with regard to resveratrol protecting us against cognitive decline. It’s also possible that this compound actually protects our brain cells from damage.
Studies have shown that people who suffer from high blood pressure will find their blood pressure lowering when drinking one or two glasses (150ml) of red wine per day. Resveratrol has also been shown to reduce the formation of plaque in our arteries.
It’s thought that resveratrol can help in the treatment of diabetes. It has been shown to assist with glucose metabolism, by increasing insulin sensitivity.
Resveratrol is known to synergise with Vitamin D which promotes bone health. It is also responsible for preventing stem cells from becoming fat cells, which can result in bone health.
Tests have shown that resveratrol may be capable of preventing and treating cancer, particularly breast cancer, skin cancer, stomach and colon cancer, and prostate cancer.
This compound is helpful in correcting bile flow and it’s known to help prevent, and also improve non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Antiviral and Antifungal
Studies have shown that resveratrol is a strong antiviral compound. Positive results have been published from studies on its effects on influenza, herpes, pneumonia and many other types of infections. It also has a positive effect on candida albicans.