Resveratrol, or polyphenol, is a potent antioxidant naturally found in various edibles. The primary food sources it is present in include peanuts, blueberries, and cranberries (1). Mostly the skin and seeds of grapes and berries contain a high concentration. Red wine’s incredibly high resveratrol content results from the composition of these grape components during the fermenting process.
Resveratrol supplements are a way for producers to benefit from their characteristics. Most resveratrol pills marketed in the US are made with Polygonum cuspidatum plant extracts, which are native to Asia. Other resveratrol medications are created using extracts of red wine or red grapes.
The Benefits of Resveratrol in your formula.
Resveratrol’s rich antioxidant characteristics make it a potential supplement for decreasing blood pressure (2). Resveratrol does this by boosting the production of more nitric oxide, which relaxes blood arteries. According to the report, the high concentrations of resveratrol may lessen the compression that the heartbeats put on the arterial walls.
Resveratrol is known to lower the risk of several disorders, including heart disease, cancer growth, and joint pain. The activity of an enzyme that controls cholesterol absorption declines. In a survey, mice were given a high intake of polyunsaturated fat, protein, and resveratrol supplementation. The mice’s body mass and overall cholesterol amounts declined while their HDL cholesterol levels rose.
Another advantage of resveratrol is that it can increase the lifespan of various organisms. Resveratrol is known to activate specific genes that protect against aging-related problems. A series of studies showed that resveratrol improved life expectancy in 60% of the organisms. The impact was most substantial in organisms other than humans, such as worms and marine life.
Similarly, in animal research, resveratrol is known for its multiple benefits for diabetic people. It prevents a particular enzyme from converting glucose into sorbitol. These advantages involve improved glycemic control and avoiding diabetic issues. Investigations into the animals showed that resveratrol was a more potent antioxidant in rats with diabetes than in rats without the condition.
What are the side effects of Resveratrol?
Firstly, if you have medical issues like blood disorders, consult your doctor before taking resveratrol. You may interact with drugs including blood thinners, blood pressure medications, cancer therapies, MAOI antidepressants, antiviral and antifungal medications, NSAID painkillers, and dietary supplements.
Secondly, resveratrol can slow many enzymes necessary for the body to eliminate certain substances. Thus, few medications may accumulate in potentially dangerous quantities. These include some antihypertensive drugs, antidepressants, and prescriptions for anxiety.
Last but not least, most resveratrol remedies have doses significantly less than those proven beneficial by studies. Up to 2 grams per day is comparatively effective and acceptable. According to studies, high concentration may result in stomach problems like nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and other diseases.
Resveratrol is a strong antioxidant with several functions. It can help to treat several medical disorders, including cholesterol levels and diabetes. Experts do not recommend resveratrol supplements for antiaging or disease prevention. However, precise dose instructions still need to be made available.
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1. Cleveland Clinic: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/resveratrol-benefits/
2. Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/resveratrol