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Top 6 Reasons You Should Take a Resveratrol Supplement
If you read up on the latest health news then you have probably heard some of the things scientists are discovering about resveratrol.
Resveratrol is perhaps one of the most overlooked supplements on the market today, even though it has so much to offer in the way of superior health benefits.
Findings show that this natural organic compound has the ability to crush heart disease and greatly improve your health in numerous ways. It can prevent early aging and even stop certain types of cancer from forming. It’s believed that the reason some cultures have so few health issues is because wine, which is loaded with resveratrol, is a part of their daily meals.
Of course, you will find those who pooh pooh the findings and say that people are using these studies as an excuse to drink more wine. Even The Mayo Clinic states on their web page that even through resveratrol appears to have some health benefits, they don’t think drinking wine is the answer to health problems, but in fact will only lead to alcohol abuse. They also note that most studies have only involved animals, not humans.
Well, there actually have been studies that involved humans, and they do show the same health benefits in humans as they do in lab animals. It’s not only wine that contains resveratrol, it is also found in blueberries, pomegranates, peanuts, and cranberries, although these haven’t been studied as extensively as red grapes and wine. As far as wine goes, the most potent wines are the ones made from Pinot Noir, and St. Laurent grapes appear to have the highest levels of resveratrol.
Resveratrol is a part of important plant compounds called polyphenols. These substances have high antioxidant compounds that protect the body from damage caused by free radicals, and greatly lower our risk of developing serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Interested in finding out all the benefits that you can get from wine or resveratrol supplements? Keep reading!
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Resveratrol is believed to stop or limit the spread of cancer cells and even triggers the automatic death of cancerous cells, a process known as apoptosis.
2. Heart Disease
By reducing inflammation, resveratrol can prevent the oxidation of the bad (LDL) cholesterol. It also makes it difficult for platelets to stick together and form the clots that can lead to a heart attack or stroke. One study performed in Canada in 2012 showed that drinking just one or two 5 ounce glasses of wine each day, study subjects significantly reduced their risk of developing a precursor to heart disease and stroke called atherosclerosis. It also reduced their risk of death by about 30 percent.
3. Alzheimer’s Disease
Resveratrol stop the buildup of plaque and protect your nerve cells from becoming damaged, which can lead to Alzheimer’s.
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Resveratrol can prevent insulin resistance. This is when the body becomes less sensitive to the effects of this hormone which lowers blood sugar levels. Insulin resistance is the precursor to diabetes and resveratrol can help stop this from occurring.
5. Increased Longevity
Studies done with mice showed that resveratrol might help protect us from some of the effects that unhealthy lifestyle habits might bring us. Mice that were fed resveratrol and a high calorie diet lived significantly longer than mice that were fed the same but not given resveratrol supplements. Scientists believe that this works by mimicking the effects of a calorie restricted diet.
6. Increased Endurance
A Canadian study showed that when rats were fed resveratrol supplements over a 12 week period, it resulted in oxidative metabolism, an increase in endurance, and improved heart function. In fact, the combination of endurance training with resveratrol supplements resulted in an incredible performance increase of 21 percent. So if you haven’t thought much about doing some serious interval training, resveratrol supplements might make things easier for you.
Keep in mind that the dosages in many resveratrol supplements are far lower than the amounts that were given in studies. Many supplements have between 250 to 500 milligrams of resveratrol. In most of the animal studies, you would need to consume at least 2 grams (2,000 milligrams) of this supplement, or more, every day.