Resveratrol is the Big buzz in the world of nutrition these days and just about everyone is talking about, from Oprah to CNN. The interest in it sky rocketed when researchers stated that this wonder nutrient in red wine might be the answer to why the French have far lower heart disease as compared to Americans, while the former consume a diet higher in fats. Researchers revealed that this amazing antioxidant helps in breaking down the stored fat in our body and has many other amazing benefits, so the excitement that surrounds Resveratrol is Huge! If you have never heard about this wonder nutrient, it’s time that you update your info!
Resveratrol is an antioxidant that is commonly found in many plants. Red wine, peanuts, grapes and blueberries are some of its rich and popular sources. Though red wine had been known to have health benefits for many decades, it was in the early 90’s that scientists identified the big health benefits as coming from the high Resveratrol content in red wine. Red grapes are used for making red wine, and it’s the skin of the grape that carries Resveratrol (this substance is usually created in the outer layers of fruits and plants).
Years of solid research have shown several benefits of this natural compound:
It helps you to reverse diseases that you are more prone to with age such as diabetes, cancer and heart diseases. This can be done with regular intake of Resveratrol while you are still quite young. It increases your life span as high Resveratrol levels counteract with cell death and damage in brain and heart. It is an effective artery protector, antioxidant and anti- inflammatory. Resveratrol in one red wine glass daily can suppress cells that can otherwise cause breast cancer. Last but not least, it ensures a sound cardiovascular system.
The top sources of Resveratrol are:
Red Wine and Red Grapes contain the highest amounts of resveratrol. An ounce of red wine may contain as much as 1,000 micrograms of Resveratrol. A glass of Red grape juice (natural and unsweetened or freshly juiced) is also great.
Raw Cocoa Powder and Dark Chocolate (70% cacao and above) have the second highest amount of Resveratrol after red wine.
Peanuts and Peanut Butter are a great source of resveratrol. Consume the natural peanuts that have not been roasted and salted.
Blueberries are also a great source. Eat them after dinner alongside some dark chocolate and you'll have a healthy, Resveratrol rich dessert!
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