Resveratrol – health benefits

Resveratrol is phytoalexine, which means that it is an antibiotic produced in plants by stress or by fungal attack, drought, irradiation or inflammation.

This molecule helps plants fight off unfavourable conditions.

Scientists have become interested in Resveratrol because of its antioxidant properties. It’s found in many varieties of plants, polyphenols contained therein are considered as compounds that affect longevity, have anti-inflammatory, heart-healthy and anti-cancer properties by various mechanisms. Plants rich in Resveratrol are red rind of grapes, peanuts, pistachios, berries, cranberries, raspberries, mulberries and cocoa beans.

Resveratrol, like other antioxidants, effectively detoxifies molecules that oxidize other molecules and tissues. Typically, the normal metabolism of the body causes very reactive and oxidative molecules called free radicals. Their production is greatly increased during inflammation and stress. They cause changes in DNA, cell membranes and other important cellular structures such as mitochondria by oxidation. Antioxidants protect the body against these dangerous particles by intercepting them and disarming them, removing them from the surrounding cells. Antioxidants themselves are oxidized by free radicals, but they regenerate. This protects other key molecules and cells from oxidative damage.

Antioxidants also contribute immensely to repairing damage caused by oxidizing agents. This way, healthy levels of antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium are essential for the prevention of chronic inflammatory damage, premature and slowing down the changes related to aging.

Prevents atherosclerosis through several mechanisms: Prevents oxidation of LDL cholesterol, inhibits platelet aggregation and thrombosis, inhibits specific cell adhesion molecules that are needed to build plaque atherosclerosis, inhibits smooth muscle cell proliferation, and contributes to atherosclerosis

Prevents formation of plaque

Increases insulin sensitivity and thus prevents diabetes

Protects against the harmful effects of obesity and aging

Dosage

It‘s advised to consume 250mg twice a day in form of powder or capsules. You can find resveratrol capsules in the ‘Now Foods’.

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