Many of you may have already heard of the amazing health benefits of resveratrol. For those of you that don’t know about resveratrol, it is a natural substance produced by plants. When a plant is under attack by extreme weather conditions, bugs and insects, and fungus, it produces this in order to defend against the attacks.
It’s this substance that is believed to hold the health benefits of red wine. It’s a potent antioxidant polyphenol found in grapes, dark berries, peanuts, and red wine. The attributes of wine as a healthy substance for the body has been studied for centuries. Not until recently though has it been given the intense interest that it is now receiving.
Resveratrol is linked to many health benefits that have gone through or are going through studies and testing today. So what are some of the claims of resveratrol and what it can do?
Resveratrol produces rejuvenated mitochondrial molecules which have fewer free radicals – it helps to keep the cells stay young. It is believed to increase brain activity and to protect the brain from damage such as Alzheimers.
It is also believed to extend the quality of life, a person’s lifespan, increase a person’s activity and stamina levels longer through life.
Perimenopausal / Menopause Effects:
Resveratrol is being studied for perimenopausal symptoms as it is known to bind estrogen receptors. Symptoms such as night sweats and hot flashes, periods that are irregular, insomnia and more.
Resveratrol may also be effective to maintain hormonal balance after menopause eliminating the increased risk of breast cancer, heart attacks, and strokes. It may be possible to take a reveratrol supplement as an alternative to HRT.
Although not on humans, studies on resveratrol and wine phenolics have found these to prevent cancer and possibly have a healing effect to patients with existing cancer. The antioxidant properties are believed to fight free radicals.
It is believed to help prevent colon cancer, skin cancer and help to treat bone cancers and many others.