What Is Resveratrol?
Resveratrol is a natural polyphenol compound that is found in red or purple grapes, red wine, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, pistachios, peanuts, dark chocolate, Knotweed (polygonum cuspidatum) and over seventy plant species.
Knotweed is a plant source with the highest resveratrol content.
How does Resveratrol work?
The body is constantly under attack from oxidative stress. Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant (phytoalexin) that protects a cell’s DNA.
Antioxidants neutralize and can help prevent cell damage caused by free radicals.
Free radicals can damage the cells in your body. Free radicals are unstable atoms caused by pollution, sunlight and our bodies natural burning of fat that can lead to cancer, aging and brain degeneration.
Oxygen in the body splits into single atoms with unpaired electrons. Electrons like to be in pairs, so these atoms, called free radicals, scavenge the body to seek out other electrons so they can become a pair. This causes damage to cells, proteins and DNA.
Health Benefits of Resveratrol
Resveratrol has been promoted to have many health benefits such as protecting brain function, lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and fight inflammation.
Resveratrol may help lower blood pressure by increasing the production of nitric oxide.
High blood pressure is a dangerous condition that can damage your heart. It affects one in three people in the US. If left uncontrolled, high blood pressure raises your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant that is thought to also have anti-aging, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Resveratrol also promotes a healthy inflammatory response in the body, including helping to alleviate some of the oxidative stress and inflammation that can lead to premature aging.
Support Brain Health.
Resveratrol shows promise in protecting brain cells from damage and has been assessed for a possible effect on cognition.
May Help With Arthritis & Ease Joint Pain.
Arthritis is a common health issue that leads to joint pain and loss of mobility. When taken as a supplement, resveratrol may help protect cartilage from deteriorating.
May Suppress Cancer Cells.
In animal and test-tube studies, it has been shown to fight several kinds of cancer cells, including gastric, colon, skin, breast and prostate.
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