Resveratrol - making the world healthier one glass of red wine at a time.
Many of the much touted health benefits of red wine rest firmly on the antioxidant compound, a polyphenol called resveratrol, found in the skins and seeds of grapes. Since red wines typically enjoy extended contact time with the grape’s skins during fermentation they will naturally have higher levels of resveratrol. It’s these elevated resveratrol levels in red wine that are causing much of the buzz in many studies correlating red wine consumption with a wide variety of health benefits.
Possible health benefits of resveratrol are anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, blood-sugar-lowering and other beneficial cardiovascular effects.
Research suggests that the antioxidant, resveratrol, might also help protect them from obesity and diabetes, both of which are strong risk factors for heart disease. Further research has shown that resveratrol may improve heart function and increase the body's ability to use insulin. Some research shows that resveratrol could be linked to a reduced risk of inflammation and blood clotting, both of which can lead to heart disease.
Overall, researchers are optimistic about resveratrol’s unique health benefits, though they may not agree on how much resveratrol is needed to capture the protective effects. Some research shows dramatic results with small amounts of resveratrol, like that found in a small glass of red wine. What researches have agreed on is that simply wearing the resveratrol molecule shirt makes you look smart, healthy, and pretentious all at the same time.