Why the “Red Wine” Antioxidant Resveratrol is Better Taken as a Supplement
Have you heard that you should drink red wine for heart health? Unsurprisingly, that assertion is a little misleading. The reason for this claim is that red wine contains a beneficial compound called resveratrol, but you might want to understand more about resveratrol before popping a bottle of wine.
There’s a much more efficient way to get the benefits of resveratrol…without the alcohol, and not all forms of resveratrol provide the same benefits. Read on to learn how to get the maximum benefits from resveratrol sources.
But first, let’s take a quick glance at why this nutrient is a must-have in your wellness arsenal.
What is Resveratrol?
Resveratrol is a polyphenol, or plant compound, that acts as an antioxidant and has been shown to benefit the body in many ways, including heart health.
Sources of Resveratrol
Resveratrol is concentrated mostly in the skins and seeds of grapes and berries, and since grapes are crushed with skins to make red wine, resveratrol is also found in red wine.
While the heart often gets the attention when it comes to resveratrol benefits, this potent compound has a number of impressive benefits for the entire body thanks to its powerful antioxidant properties.
The antioxidant properties of resveratrol help to protect the body’s skin cells against damage that leads to cellular aging. When cells age, it reflects in the appearance of your skin. Resveratrol is like an antiaging serum that works from the inside out!
Inflammation & Joint Pain
The antioxidant properties of resveratrol enable it to help fight free radicals in the body. When unmanaged, free radicals can lead to inflammation and a range of diseases. By fighting free radicals in the body, Resveratrol is thought to help lessen inflammation, a key contributor to joint pain and chronic disease.
In addition to systemic inflammation throughout the body, resveratrol has specifically been shown to help mitigate neuro-inflammation (inflammation in the brain) which can be a contributor to Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.
Resveratrol has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and to help balance blood sugar. Balanced blood sugar can help mitigate cravings, energy crashes, and that intense feeling of hanger that often leads to reaching for refined carbohydrates. Blood sugar balance can also help patients with diabetes in managing their condition.
Studies suggest that resveratrol can bind to calcium channels and help prevent the formation of blood clots. In addition, resveratrol has been shown to help regulate the accumulation of triglycerides in the blood, which benefits the heart and overall cardiovascular health. As an antioxidant, resveratrol can also help prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which is a leading contributor to heart disease.
Food Sources vs. Supplements
While resveratrol is found in food and drink, the concentrations of the compound itself are low. In fact, human studies have shown that the benefits of resveratrol in humans aren’t recognized in the low concentrations found in food and red wine. Rather, the benefits of resveratrol tested in studies are only achieved through the quantities of the compound found in supplementation.
In addition to its low and largely unusable concentration of resveratrol, red wine comes packaged with alcohol and sugar which may offset its antioxidant benefits anyway!
We wanted to find a way to achieve the extensive benefits of this potent compound, which are unattainable through food, so we developed our own SuperPure® Resveratrol. It contains the equivalent antioxidant benefits of approximately 100 glasses of organic red wine per capsule and comes with no sugar crash or hangover.
Our resveratrol is made with organic red grape and organic Japanese knotweed extract, and our SuperPure® process carefully extracts the potent compound without chemical solvents or additives. It’s non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegan. Give it a try, your whole body will thank you!