Wine & Resveratrol – Health Qualities
It’s true also that it’s most likely healthier to your heart than say beer because it helps protect the lining of your blood vessels due to the anti-oxidants present known as polyphenols, in this case resveratrol, however there is still inconclusive evidence to suggest it has additional benefits when consumed in small doses.
That is why there is ongoing research in the field of resveratrol as to try and ascertain just how exactly this polyphenol is good for us.
Some findings are clear and that is that the anti-oxidants do help prevent damage to your blood vessels, in turn helping to prevent blood clots and reducing your risk of developing bad cholesterol.
Research on mice in early 2000 displayed clear evidence that those fed a daily intake of resveratrol were not just leaner but also displayed higher counts of the SIRT1 gene.
SIRT1 is crucial for reducing fat stores for people who are choosing a low calrie diet, so this development is still undergoing significant research in the west.
The risk of developing diabetes is also thought to be much lower as studies on communities who consumed a high staple diet of resveratrol found in red wine and knotweed had significantly lower numbers of individuals in there communities with diabetic conditions, so these are also findings which are undergoing continued research.
What is clear from drinking red wine is that it does contain heart healthy properties. When research was conducted on mice, of 30% who consumed 20mg per day lived longer than than those without resveratrol in their diet.
The amount of resveratrol that was administered however was approximately equal to that of consuming 60 litres of red wine per day, something that doctors would obviously advise against.
Alternatively however, resveratrol supplements are now available on the market in the form of a powder, pill or capsule, that over the last two years since there introduction onto the diet and health scene have now become an everyday supplement for those overweight or with a high cholesterol level or who simply want to consume a highly rich anti-oxidant diet.
You could however get your resveratrol fix from additional foods found in your local fresh market. These include peanuts, blueberries or cranberries or if your lucky enough to be able to get your hands on knotweed, a root plant indigenous to South East Asia, this contains the highest amount of resveratrol than any food including red grapes; hence manufacturers of resveratrol supplements extract this polyphenol from knotweed found in the stem of the plant.
So whether you are looking to get your daily dose of this powerful anti-oxidant through a glass of red wine each day or through an immediate fix of a highly concentrated anti-oxidant supplement, the benefits as findings suggest could well have a profound impact on the state of your health and longevity.
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