Resveratrol: The Anti-Aging Benefits of Red Wine in a Pill
You may have heard that red wine may lower your risk for cardiovascular problems. The French, it sees, with the same risk factors as Americans supposedly do not have the heart problems because they drink more red wine than anyone else in the world. Now should you go out and drink all the red wines that you can? Not exactly. There may be an easier way that you can incorporate this supplement into your daily health routine.
What is Resveratrol:
Resveratrol is found in grapevines (Vitis vinifera L). It occurs in the vines, roots, seeds and stalks, but its highest concentration is in grape skins. Wine also contains resveratrol. The concentration of resveratrol in red wine is much higher than that of white wine. The main difference between red and white wine production, along the grapes used, is that for red wine the skins and seeds are involved in the process, while white wine is mainly prepared from the juice, thus avoiding the use of grape skins and seeds. During the wine making process, resveratrol, as well as other polyphenols, including quercetin, catechins, gallocatechins, procyanidins and prodelphidins (condensed tannins), are extracted from the grape skins via a process called maceration. The main mechanism of action of resveratrol is the activation of the Sir2 family of genes which controls lifespan and response of the body to diet.
What are the benefits of Resveratrol:
There have been some wild claims made about resveratrol; the claims ranged from anti-aging to preventing cancer and promoting weight loss. All these claims are being researched right now all over the world. In the past 24 months there have been more than 450 studies submitted to the National Library of Medicine. The November 1, 2006 article in Newsweek brought greater attention to the benefits of Resveratrol. In his study, Dr. David Sinclair, a researcher from Harvard Medical School found that when he had a resveratrol to laboratory mice that were fed a high fat diet that although the mice still got fat, but they did not have any of the complications associated with obesity; their death rate was cut by 31 percent and more amazingly their hearts were normal.
It appears that Resveratrol is a potent antioxidant that can be used to prevent a slew of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease and Parkinson's disease among others.
Should you take this supplement?
Most of the studies involving resveratrol have been performed in mice and not in humans. Several studies are underway to prove that the same benefits can be seen in humans. It is more likely that they will find the same benefits in humans. So far there has not been any side effects associated with the use of resveratrol. However, one might be cautious if on blood thinning products because it may increase risk of bleeding; so be sure to check with a physician or pharmacist before starting resveratrol. I will be sure to let you know of the developments involving this supplement. Stay tune or shall I raise a glass to your health.