Why the “Red Wine” Antioxidant Resveratrol is Better Taken as a Supplement

Have you heard that you should drink red wine for heart health? Surprisingly, that assertion is a little misleading. This claim is based on the fact that red wine contains the powerful antioxidant resveratrol, but you might want to understand more about this unique compound before popping a bottle of wine. Because there’s a much more efficient way to get the benefits of resveratrol…without the alcohol. What’s more, not all forms of resveratrol provide the same benefits. Read on to learn how to get the maximum benefits from resveratrol, and why supplements are better than sips.

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 - a bioactive compound, that acts as an antioxidant defense for plants - that has been shown to also benefit the human body in many ways, especially when it comes to 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.

And while grapes are fantastic sources of resveratrol, it comes in two forms – cis-resveratrol and trans-resveratrol – that aren’t equivalent when it comes to resveratrol’s bioavailability. Our bodies prefer trans-resveratrol, and Japanese knotweed is a naturally rich source of this superior form.

Resveratrol Benefits

While the heart often gets the attention when it comes to resveratrol’s benefits, this generous phytonutrient holds a wealth of wellness for the entire body thanks to its potent antioxidant properties.

  1. Skin
    The antioxidant properties of resveratrol help to enhance the skin’s defense against free radical damage from sunlight and pollution that contribute to cellular aging. When skin cells age, our youthful glow loses its luster. Resveratrol boosts cellular rejuvenation from the inside out!

  2. Joints
    The same antioxidant properties of resveratrol that enable it to help fight free radicals in the skin extend the same benefits to our joints. Both inactivity and overuse can affect the function of our joints as we age, but resveratrol has been shown to nourish strong, flexible, and comfortable joints.

  3. Brain
    Resveratrol’s whole-body wellness benefits reach from head to toe. With a proven ability to cross the blood-brain-barrier, resveratrol is a healthy aging superstar that upholds healthy cognition, mood, and memory.

  4. Nutrient metabolism
    One of resveratrol’s key antioxidant actions is to promote healthy circulation throughout the body, which includes optimal digestion, absorption, distribution, and utilization of nutrients. As a primary fuel source and regulator of metabolism, keeping glucose in balance is essential, and evidence shows that resveratrol is an effective way to maintain a healthy equilibrium.

  5. Heart
    Last but certainly not least, resveratrol’s heart-healthy reputation is well-deserved. In addition to upholding healthy blood vessels, blood flow, and heart rhythms, resveratrol helps maintain healthy lipid levels for long-lasting cardiovascular health.

Food sources vs. supplements

While resveratrol is found in grapes and wine, it turns out the concentrations of the compound itself are minimal, especially in the treasured trans- form. In fact, research suggests that resveratrol’s bounty of benefits are difficult to achieve from the diet alone. Rather, the benefits of resveratrol touted by studies require the more concentrated amounts found in supplements. And we can’t help but mention that 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!

SuperPure Resveratrol

We wanted to give you a way to receive the extensive benefits of resveratrol in its best, purest, and most effective form. So we developed SuperPure® Resveratrol. With the equivalent antioxidant benefits of about 100 glasses of organic red wine per capsule (without the sugar crash or hangover), our one-of-a-kind resveratrol is made with and the synergy of whole organic grapes and organic Japanese knotweed extract. Plus, as always, our SuperPure® process carefully concentrates resveratrol’s potency without chemical solvents or additives, and it’s non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegan. Now that’s worth cheers.

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