Santa Barbara, CA (PressExposure) February 06, 2007 -- It is now common knowledge that red wine lowers your risk of developing cardiovascular problems. Many studies have already shown that the French, even with the same risk factors as Americans for heart disease seem to get less heart problems because they drink more red wine than anyone on the planet. However, that is no reason to go and drink all the red wine you can get your hands on. There is now a much easier way to get the active ingredient of red wine, resveratrol into your daily health routine that means you wont have to go through those painful red wine headaches and purple lips.
What Exactly is Reseveratrol:
Resveratrol is found in grapes (Vitis vinifera L). This compound occurs in the vines, roots, seeds and stalks of grapevines, but its highest level is in fact found in the skins of grapes. That is why wine contains resveratrol. The concentration of resveratrol in red wine is much higher than that of white wine because in red wine production the skins and seeds of grapes are used whereas in white wine they are not. White wine is mainly made from the grape juice, and not the grape skins and seeds. During the wine making process, maceration of the grape skins causes extraction of resveratrol, as well as other polyphenols, including quercetin, gallocatechins, catechins, procyanidins and prodelphidins (condensed tannins). Resveratrol is thought to activate the Sir2 family of genes which controls lifespan and response of the body to diet. This is why everyone is so excited about this amazing new supplement.
So What are the benefits of Resveratrol:
Claims have been very far ranging and have included anti-aging, preventing cancer and promoting weight loss. More than 450 studies have been submitted to the National Library of Medicine. In one study, Dr. David Sinclair, a Harvard Medical School researcher observed that when he gave Resveratrol to laboratory mice that were fed a high fat diet, the mice definately put on weight, but non of the complications associated with obesity were observed; the mices death rate was cut by 31 percent and more amazingly their hearts were normal on examination.
It seems that Resveratrol is a potent antioxidant that can be used to prevent or reduce the severity of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease and Parkinson's disease among others.
Should I take this supplement?
Most studies involving resveratrol have been on mice, not humans. Many studies are starting to show the same benefits in humans though. The other great thing is that so far there have been no major side effects associated with the use of resveratrol supplementation. I will be sure to inform you of the exciting developments regarding this supplement. I take resveratrol supplements every day. Visit our free information website to find out more today.
David Barnet - Writer for Resveratrol Health Online News.