3 Benefits of Resveratrol
A Newcomer to the Industry
Just like many other supplements, resveratrol was greeted with equal parts admiration and skepticism when it stormed the world of health supplements only recently.
It is mainly credited for improving heart health and helping us live longer lives. We can’t blame the skeptics. That sounds nearly like a miracle.
What is Resveratrol?
Resveratrol is a compound that is classified as a polyphenol. It is believed to act as a flavonoid antioxidant and is commonly found in the skin and juice of red grapes, peanuts, and berries. Plants naturally produce resveratrol to defend themselves against harmful fungi.
Many believe that resveratrol protects the body against substances that lead to cancer, heart disease, and many more. There have also been studies where the lengthened lives of animals and cell cultures are attributed to resveratrol supplements.
Today, resveratrol is commercially available in almost every drug store in the US. It is commonly extracted from an Asian plant known as Polygonum cuspidatum in addition to the usual sources (grape skins and berries).
The Benefits of Resveratrol
So what can resveratrol really do to your body? Is it the real thing or just another health fad?
A Solution to Cardiovascular Diseases
A study called Resveratrol and Cardiovascular Diseases published in 2016 studied the compound due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The author found that resveratrol has the capability to upregulate what is called the endothelial NO synthase (eNOS).
In English, that means resveratrol protects the lining of your heart’s arteries. When the arteries are happy, your blood flows properly. This prevents abnormal activities, such as clotting, which causes one of the top causes of death in many countries, including the US: stroke.
Right now, companies are trying to produce resveratrol supplements that specifically target conditions like hypertension, myocardial infarction, atherosclerosis, stroke, and heart failure.
Protection Against Diabetic Nephropathy
A resveratrol supplement was tested on mice with a model of type 2 diabetes by a group of scientists to test its effects on diabetic nephropathy. The said study, which was published not too long ago, found interesting results.
Mice treated with resveratrol displayed significantly reduced symptoms. The scientists also found that the blood glucose, glycated hemoglobin, and lipid profile of the mice improved after resveratrol treatment.
If you have diabetes, you can join the 29 million other Americans who currently have the condition. As more scientists obtain funding for resveratrol research, the polyphenol may hopefully soon find itself in the form of a drug.
Effective Weapon Against Aging
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a medical agency under the US Department of Health and Human Services, are among those who have looked into the potential anti-aging benefits of resveratrol.
According to NIH, resveratrol activates sirtuins, which are enzymes that control the biological pathways involved in aging. A study published in Science in 2013 explored the connection between resveratrol and sirtuin SIRT1.
They found that resveratrol does, in part, directly act on the sirtuin SIRT1 to inhibit aging. Further research is needed on this field as well but so far, it all looks promising.
A Final Word
Resveratrol is relatively new to the scene and has been met with a lot of skepticism. However, a lot of people have tried it and experienced improvements in their health. Based on that alone, it looks like resveratrol is here to stay. Why not give it a try?
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