What is resveratrol?
Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant that is produced by some plants to protect against environmental stresses. Perhaps the most notable producer of resveratrol is the grapevine, which produces large amounts of resveratrol in the skins of grapes to protect against fungal diseases and sun damage.
Where is resveratrol found?
Resveratrol is found naturally in: cranberries, blue and red grapes, blueberries, bilberries, pomegranates, peanuts, and various other plants.
Benefits of resveratrol
According to research done at Harvard University, resveratrol led to the idenfication of the compound in red wine that accounts for its anti-aging properties.
New studies show it slows the onset of virtually all of the aging diseases: heart, arthritis, cancers, and Alzheimer's. Other new discoveries show it does still more -- repairs alcohol-damaged livers, slows bone loss (osteoporosis), boosts endurance, promotes hair growth, and re-energizes cells.
Red wine contains resveratrol and even higher levels of flavonoids. These polyphenolic compounds have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and other potentially anti-atherogenic effects in the test tube and in some animal models of atherosclerosis.
Recent laboratory studies indicate that resveratrol has very promising therapeutic activity in various cancers, including breast, prostate, and neuroblastoma.
The French Paradox
The French Paradox was the observation that mortality from coronary heart disease is relatively low in France despite high levels of dietary saturated fat and cigarette smoking. This led to the idea that the regular consumption of red wine might provide additional protection from cardio-vascular disease.
Dr. Ray Sahelian
Resveratrol ( trans-3,5,4'-trihydroxystilbene ) is a protective compound produced by grapes and other plants in response to environmental stresses. Studies have demonstrated that resveratrol has potent antioxidant activity and also has the ability to inhibit platelet aggregation. These actions may help prevent free radical damage throughout the body and provide protective support to the cardiovascular system. Red wine has about 1.5 to 3 milligrams of resveratrol per liter (a liter is almost 34 ounces).
Many of the fruits (cranberry, bilberry, blueberry, and purple grapes) in the MonaVie juice contain the benficial resveratrol compound.
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