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Health Benefits of Resveratrol Supplements

Reservatrol, the powerful antioxidant in grape skins and found most prominently in red wine and grape juice, has been a hot topic in the health and wellness world for years now. Before you crack open your favorite bottle of Vino or hop online to look for supplements, read on for the top 3 health benefits of resveratrol.

Brain Health

Resveratrol is a strong antioxidant, meaning it touts serious anti-inflammatory benefits. Because of this, the super-ingredient may have neuroprotective qualities that could preserve memory and overall brain function. Research has demonstrated that antioxidants including resveratrol work to protect cells from damage, particularly when harmful substances or environmental threats enter the bloodstream (and eventually the brain.)

Heart Health

Similarly, resveratrol can work to protect your heart from damage by providing additional lining to blood vessels. Antioxidants such as this one also promote high levels of good cholesterol (HDL) and lower levels of bad cholesterol (LDL.) This means that resveratrol may help prevent heart disease and strokes.

Blood Pressure and Clotting

Research has further demonstrated resveratrol’s impressive ability to lower blood pressure, by encouraging the production of nitric oxide, a compound that causes blood vessels to relax. As this occurs, arteries that have stiffened with age may be relaxed and therefore less prone to high systolic blood pressure (which can cause heart disease.) Additionally, polyphenols found in resveratrol may act in conjunction with the alcohol in red wine to thin the blood and help reduce clot formation when consumed responsibly.

Resveratrol In Supplement Form

Supplements can often carry a much higher dose of nutrients -including antioxidants- than the body can reasonably process, so ensure that any resveratrol supplement you begin taking does not exceed the maximum recommended dose of 5 grams per day. You should ideally aim for 1 gram of resveratrol per day to reap the maximum benefits without overdoing it, and source it from natural dietary sources wherever possible.

Resveratrol Supplements FAQ:

What are the dangers of resveratrol?

Resvertrol does not appear to have side effects at appropriate short-term doses of around 1.0g. Above 2.5g resvertrol can cause nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and liver disruption.

Who should not take resveratrol?

Anyone with conditions that may be worsened with exposure to estrogen should not take resveratrol.

What is the best form of resveratrol to take?

Trans-resveratrol is the best form of resveratrol to take and is most stable in powder forms such as those found in resveratrol supplements.

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