What is resver­a­trol?


Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - NUTRITION NEWS RECIPE -

A ccord­ing to a re­cent Har­vard Med­i­cal School study, resver­a­trol, the an­tiox­i­dant found in red wine, may ac­ti­vate a ge­netic link to pro­long life. Resver­a­trol has been stud­ied ex­ten­sively for its health­pro­mot­ing and anti-age­ing prop­er­ties. How­ever, this study has found that it has the abil­ity to turn a par­tic­u­lar gene (SIRT1) that has been proven to ex­tend life. This dis­cov­ery has ini­ti­ated a flood of peo­ple buy­ing resver­a­trol sup­ple­ments, in the hope of staving off old age.

Resver­a­trol is an an­tiox­i­dant that oc­curs nat­u­rally in sev­eral plants in re­sponse to stress, at­tack by bac­te­ria or fungi, or ul­tra­vi­o­let ra­di­a­tion. It is found in red wine, pur­ple and red grapes and berries and peanuts. Many of the sup­ple­ments avail­able to­day are de­rived from Ja­panese knotweed.

Resver­a­trol im­proves in­sulin re­sis­tance, mak­ing it use­ful in the treat­ment of obe­sity and the man­age­ment of di­a­betes. It also has anti-can­cer­ous prop­er­ties.

The best way to in­crease your di­etary in­take of this pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant is to snack on red and pur­ple grapes and berries, and en­joy a few red wines a week. Choose or­ganic fruit if pos­si­ble as it con­tains higher lev­els of resver­a­trol.

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