22 Aug Introducing Resveratrol: Is It Good for You?
Resveratrol is a term that is unfamiliar to many of us. In simple terms, resveratrol is a protective antibiotic produced in plants to defend against fungal attacks, microbial infection, drought and other stressful environmental conditions. It is found commonly in red wine, grapes, berries, peanuts and pistachios. Looks like we have been consuming it without knowing!
Resveratrol started gaining more attention in the research field after Dr. David Sinclair, a researcher turned professor from Harvard Medical School discovered a correlation between resveratrol and increased cell survival in 2013. The initial discovery led to more findings on the benefits of resveratrol including reduced risk of high blood pressure, heart-related diseases and cognitive issues.
While more research is still being conducted to explore the full benefits of resveratrol, its antioxidant properties are believed by experts to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.
Know Your Glass of Red Wine
You might have heard a thing or two about the benefits of drinking red wine (in moderation) on cardiovascular health. An immediate answer that you might already know, is red grapes. Flavonoids present in red grapes contain antioxidant properties that can help to lower the risk of cardiovascular and age-related degenerative diseases. But the answer is not complete without resveratrol. Present in grape skin, it is believed to strengthen blood vessels and in turn lower the risk of high blood pressure. Try not to spit the grape skin out the next time you are eating your grapes.
Now you have a better idea about the said benefits of red wine, you can enjoy a glass of red wine or two at ease. However, it is important to consume in moderation to avoid the risks associated with excessive drinking. In fact, in order to achieve the daily recommended intake of antioxidants purely by drinking red wine, you would have to consume a near impossible amount of 474 glasses of red wine! Instead, an easier option would be to consider Rejuvenate, Antioxidant Infused Shot – a healthy and non-alcoholic option.
Packed in ready-to-drink sachet, one 32ml serving of Rejuvenate has an ORAC rating of 5166.72 which surpasses the FDA’s daily recommendation of 3000-5000 ORAC, an indicator that measures antioxidant intake. The higher the ORAC value, the stronger the antioxidant activity. Amazing!
The Future of Resveratrol
With the market for resveratrol expected to grow by 8.1% by 2028, the hype and demand for resveratrol continues in certain parts of the world. Besides the above health benefits discussed, more studies are being carried out to explore and determine the application of resveratrol on other use cases including neurology, anti-aging and calorie restriction.
The future of resveratrol could present new possibilities for both the researchers and consumers.