We know that red wine is good for the soul after a long day, but did you know that it may also have some amazing health benefits? Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant found in the skin and seeds of red grapes, may have hidden benefits for your heart, skin, and weight! As if we needed another excuse to crack open a bottle…
Resveratrol has been a component of several key studies which have suggested that it not only helps lower our “bad” cholesterol, but also protects our arteries – potentially reducing the risk of blood clots. Research in mice has also suggested that resveratrol may fight obesity and diabetes. The last, and most intriguing set of tests, suggest that resveratrol may also be a neuroprotective agent, able to protect against neurodegenerative diseases.
It should be noted that preliminary research has only been conducted on mice, pigs, and other small animals. Though we have not been given any conclusive answers on how it affects humans, the results produced thus far certainly hold promise. Researchers are generally optimistic about resveratrol’s potential benefits, but as they are still unsure of how much resveratrol is actually needed to reap the benefits it is best to continue drinking in moderation.
Red wine’s little antioxidant has also appeared in skin care products and supplement pills. Touted as an age-defense antioxidant, resveratrol is making its way into the supplement market. As for skin care, it is said to help repair damaged skin. Fewer studies exist on this form of resveratrol, but preliminary tests have not found any negative effects so the outlook is good.