Resveratrol has become famous for a host of purported health benefits. Like many highly popular nutritional supplements, resveratrol supplements are first and foremost antioxidants. As you may know, antioxidants form a critical component of any health supplement regime, as they have the ability to reduce oxidative stress in the body, which is important to stall the effects of many chronic diseases, and even the aging process itself.
Resveratrol is found in nature in the skin of dark colored fruits, especially red grapes. This explains why red wine has achieved the most fame regarding the health benefits of Resveratrol. Interestingly, the French are known for consuming high quantities of red wine when compared to Americans, which may explain the unique phenomenon of the “French Paradox”, in which despite the high fat and cholesterol diet of the French (including all those chocolates and creamy sauces), they enjoy much lower incidences of heart disease than Americans). It has since been theorized that this difference could be due in large part to the Resveratrol content in red wine.
So what are the actual health benefits of resveratrol supplements if one takes this natural compound in supplement form, or in fact by simply drinking red wine? Scientific research has uncovered incredibly diverse benefits from its anti-inflammatory ability to anticancer effects, to the slowing down of heart disease. Resveratrol is able to prevent cholesterol from sticking to artery walls. It is very important to know that in coronary artery disease, cholesterol is in fact not dangerous at all, but becomes so when it is oxidized into brittle plaques which becomes stuck on artery walls.
Overall, resveratrol benefits numerous aspects of one’s health. Drinking red wine is obviously the simplest way to take resveratrol, however it could take many bottles a day in order to obtain the same amount in a resveratrol supplement, also known as a trans resveratrol supplement. A glass of red wine a day is known to have health effects of its own (probably at least partially related to the alcohol content itself). However, due to the relatively low concentrations found in red wine, to truly enjoy resveratrol’s benefits, supplement form is a must.