Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

Why Resveratrol May Be Good For Your Heart and a Longer Life!

Many of may be saying, “What the heck is Resveratrol?”

Resveratrol is part of a group of plant compounds called polyphenols and is believed to have antioxidant properties. These antioxidants protect the body against damage linked to risks for such diseases as cancer and heart disease. Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes, which is why you hear so much about drinking red wine for your health. Other sources of the compound can be found in peanuts and berries.

Because I am allergic to sulfa and most red wine contains some form of sulfa, I take a Resveratrol supplement every morning. I decided to start taking the daily supplement after reading an article on longevity. When one of the doctors interviewed was asked what would be the one thing they recommend to help with longevity, he replied to take a Resveratrol supplement and that he takes one every morning.

Most Resveratrol supplements sold in the U.S. contain extracts from the Japanese and Chinese knotweed plant Polygonum cuspidatum. Other supplements are made from red wine or red grape extracts.

You may have seen ads for resveratrol supplements which promise everything from weight loss to a healthier, longer life. However, do these resveratrol supplements really deliver or is it just good marketing?

Many doctors and students of longevity claim Resveratrol has antiaging and disease-combating benefits. There is research which claims it helps ward off heart disease. This research suggests that Resveratrol helps the body reduce inflamation and prevents the oxidation of your “bad cholesterol,” or LDL. This makes it more difficult for platelets to stick together and form clots that can lead to a heart attack.

Resveratrol has also been reported to help ward off cancer. Some research has shown that Resveratrol could limit the spread of cancer cells and help the process of killing the existing cancer cells.

Alzheimer’s disease is yet another area where Resveratrol may help. The supplement is reported to protect nerve cells from damage and the buildup of plaque that can lead to Alzheimer’s.

Resveratrol also helps prevent insulin resistance. What this means it is also a help with Diabetes, since insulin resistance is a precursor to diabetes.

As for longevity, WebMD states:

Studies in rodents suggest that resveratrol might even help against some of the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle and lead to increased longevity. Resveratrol-treated mice fed a high-calorie diet lived longer than similarly fed mice not given resveratrol. Resveratrol protected mice fed a high-calorie diet from obesity-related health problems by mimicking the effects of caloric restriction.

Resveratrol has also been linked to prevention of age-related problems such as heart disease and insulin resistance. Researchers believe that resveratrol activates the SIRT1 gene, a biological mechanism that seems to protect the body against the harmful effects of obesity and the diseases of aging.

Though Resvertrol has not been proven conclusively to help with disease prevention or longevity, there is enough information out there for me to believe taking my supplement every day can only help.

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