What is Resveratrol?
Resveratrol is a plant compound that acts like an antioxidant.
It is commonly found in over 70 plant species but is highly concentrated in the skin of red grapes. Resveratrol can be also be found (in varying concentrations) in different teas, berries, pomegranates, nuts, blueberries, as well as dark chocolate.
It’s the magic ingredient that lets you drink red wine and claim it’s for your health!
Uses of Resveratrol
Resveratrol is increasingly being used as a supplement due to its ability to act as an antioxidant agent; antioxidants work by preventing or slowing damage to cells caused by free radicals. These are unstable molecules produced by the body as a reaction to environmental and other pressures. Resveratrol can scavenge these molecules reducing the damage they do. In theory, over time, this can reduce the progress of aging.
Charava uses Resveratrol in our proprietary 1200 mg NMN+ supplement.
We believe that the benefits of Resveratrol are best realised when combined with NMN (Nicotinamide mononucleotide) and Pterostilbene.
5 Health Benefits of Resveratrol (Updated 2021)
Resveratrol Supplements May Help Lower Blood Pressure
Because of its antioxidant properties, Resveratrol could be a promising supplement for lowering blood pressure as it has shown its ability to increase the production of nitric oxide. A 2019 review concluded that high doses may help reduce the pressure exerted on artery walls (diastolic pressure).
It can also have a positive impact on blood fats, reducing cholesterol by reducing the impact of an enzyme which controls cholesterol production.
There’s evidence that resveratrol activates certain genes in the body to fight off many of the diseases of aging.
Researcher have shown in studies that Resveratrol supplementation at old age reverts changes associated with aging in inflammatory, oxidative and apoptotic markers in animal hearts.
Several studies have suggested that drinking red wine can help slow down age-related cognitive decline - well remember that Resveratrol is the ingredient in red wine that this is attributed to.
This may be thanks to its ability to reduce inflammation or that it modulates metal ion deregulation outcomes and some of the main features of Alzheimer’s.
Resveratrol has been shown to have several benefits for diabetes, at least in animal studies.
These benefits include the reduction in body weight in obese patients as well as fasting blood glucose and HbA1c levels in patients with diabetes mellitus in some clinical trials. One explanation for how resveratrol works is that it may stop a certain enzyme from turning glucose into sorbitol, a sugar alcohol.
Resveratrol has been studied, especially in test tubes, for its ability to prevent and treat cancer.
It has been reported that Resveratrol can reverse multidrug resistance in cancer cells, and, when used in combination with clinically used drugs, it can sensitize cancer cells to standard chemotherapeutic agents. In animal and test-tube studies, it has been shown to fight several kinds of cancer cells, including gastric, colon, skin, breast and prostate.
However, since the studies so far have been carried out in test tubes and animals, much more research is needed to see if and how this compound might be used for human cancer therapy.
Additional Potential Benefits
It May Ease Joint Pain
Arthritis is a common affliction that leads to joint pain and loss of mobility. Plant-based supplements are being studied as a way to treat and prevent joint pain. Some researchers have shown that when taken as a supplement, resveratrol may help protect cartilage from deteriorating.
One study injected resveratrol into the knee joints of rabbits with arthritis and found that these rabbits suffered less damage to their cartilage.
Other research in test tubes and animals has suggested that the compound has potential to reduce inflammation and prevent damage to joints.
Researchers in Japan published a paper in 2013 stating that Resveratrol can exert protective effects against both acute and chronic kidney injuries through its antioxidant effects and ability to activate SIRT1. However it should be noted that additional research is required.
Risks and Concerns Regarding Resveratrol Supplements
Charava always suggests consulting your medical doctor before taking any medication - including vitamins and minerals. As a health supplement provider we are acutely of the wide variety of products on the market, and for this reason prioritise the safety of customers.