What is resveratrol?
THE ANTIOXIDANT THAT COULD HELP PROLONG YOUR LIFE
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.