Resveratrol is a bioactive compound produced by numerous plants as a defense against pathogen attacks. For humans, it has gained popularity as a cardioprotective, neuroprotective, antioxidant, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory compound.,
Powerful heart protector
Resveratrol helps reduce inflammation and improve blood flow, which in turn lowers blood pressure and supports a healthier cardiovascular system. The results of a recent study suggest that resveratrol lends powerful protective action against the onset and development of various cardiovascular conditions by reducing C-reactive proteins and TNF-alpha serum levels, regulating ROS (reactive oxygen species) production, modifying lipid profiles, and promoting vasodilation.
The Mediterranean way
Another study involving approximately 2,000 participants found that those who leaned towards Mediterranean diet and had higher intake of fruits, vegetables, olive oil, nuts, coffee, and red wine had higher resveratrol levels. This higher resveratrol intake was associated with a 38 percent reduction in the risk of developing atherosclerotic plaque in the arteries.
Rich in resveratrol
Sources of resveratrol include grapes, blueberries, cranberries, mulberries, peanuts, soybeans, dark chocolate, pistachios, pomegranates, and Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum). Resveratrol is also the main active ingredient in red wine.
Incorporating resveratrol-rich foods into your diet is an appetizing affair and can include the following.
- Adding grapes, berries, and peanuts to your snack mix.
- Treating yourself to dark chocolate in moderation.
- Responsibly enjoying a glass of red wine.
- Checking with your health care practitioner to see if resveratrol supplements are right for you.
This article was originally published in the February 2024 issue of delicious living magazine.