Resveratrol is a compound that is part of the antioxidants found in berries, grapes, red wine, peanuts and dark chocolate. It is a molecule of plant origin with 3 carbons that is part of the polyphenol family.
Remarkable health benefits have been attributed to it, such as cardio protective effects, and it may be responsible to some extent for the benefits that are given to wine.
Resveratrol is not found in any animal organism, nor in most plants. This compound was first discovered in the vine plant, and its highest concentration is found in the skin of the black grape.
Its function in the plant is to protect it against fungal infections, that is, it acts as a natural antibiotic in the vine.
WHAT IS RESVERATROL FOR?
Its natural function is to protect the plant from infections.
In animals and humans, no physiological action has been described, but it has been attributed multiple health benefits that seem to be related to its ability to activate proteins called sirtuins.
It is considered one of the most promising elements in the development of anti aging treatments .
The possible benefits of resveratrol on the body began to be studied after observing that the French population, despite eating a diet rich in saturated fat, had a low rate of heart problems. This phenomenon was called ” the French paradox ” and was attributed to the heart-healthy properties of wine.
In a review carried out by doctors Sancho and Mach, from the Open University of Catalonia, the conclusions of various researches related to the beneficial health effects of wine polyphenols, among which resveratrol stands out, were compiled.
WHAT FOODS CAN WE FIND THEM IN?
This substance, produced by the vine plant, is mainly concentrated in the skin of the black grape.
• Red wine is the food in which it is found in the highest concentration.
• Unfermented grape musts and juices are also a good source of this component without having to resort to alcohol.
• Fresh , seasonal grapes can also provide us with this substance.
• Raisins are a good alternative to fresh fruit for taking resveratrol.
There are also supplements in the market that may include Resveratrol among its ingredients.
Adopting a diet rich in antioxidants can help you feel more active.