What is resveratrol?
So you’ve heard that red wine can help lower cholesterol, but do you know why? Red wine contains resveratrol, a plant compound found in various foods (and drink!) that has a range of health benefits. Some of these benefits include lowering cholesterol, supporting brain function and promoting longevity.
Resveratrol acts like an antioxidant, protecting the body from free radicals. Read on to learn more about the benefits of this compound.
Lowers blood pressure
Evidence suggests resveratrol could be beneficial for lowering blood pressure due to its antioxidant properties. One study found that high doses of the compound may help reduce systolic blood pressure, which is the pressure the heart puts on artery walls when it beats. It is thought resveratrol helps to produce nitric oxide, which causes the blood vessels to relax – in turn lowering blood pressure.
Slows age-related cognitive decline
Various studies have found that resveratrol can help to protect the brain from cognitive decline due to age, possibly because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Research shows that it may obstruct beta-amyloids, protein fragments that form plaques that are a sign of Alzheimer’s.
Some research suggests the compound may have the ability to extend lifespan, as it activates certain genes that ward off diseases linked to aging and changes how genes express themselves.
How to take resveratrol?
Resveratrol can be found in the skin and seeds of red grapes, berries and nuts. Alternatively, you may prefer to take a resveratrol supplement such as our 98% Micronized Resveratrol Powder.