Once upon a time in France, there were scientists who did not understand why a country that eats as much saturated fat like cheese, pâté, or butter such a low rate of heart diseases. Now, they believe it may be due to Resveratrol, a natural compound present in red grapes, red wine, raspberries, or blackberries.
Grape consumption, like all fruits, is recommended because it is rich in essential nutrients for the body, such as vitamins (folic acid and vitamin B6), fibers and minerals - mainly potassium, magnesium, and calcium -, as well as sugars, and beneficial substances such as flavonoids, tannins, and anthocyanins.
But what has awakened great interest in the scientific community and the general public about this small fruit is a natural compound present in the grape: resveratrol.
What is resveratrol?
There has been a lot of research on the wine, highlighting its possible cardiovascular benefits, and leading to the discovery of the now-famous resveratrol and some of its properties.
Resveratrol is a natural compound that is normally produced as an immune response in plants after aggression or infection, which accumulates in the skin of the fruit and even a greater proportion in the seed of the red grape, thus present in the wine.
Besides being a compound present in grapes, it is also contained in raspberries, dark chocolate, blackberries, berries, peanuts, nuts, hazelnuts, and almonds.
Potential properties of resveratrol
- Activation of longevity genes. Scientists saw that resveratrol ignited the sirtuins - a class of enzymes - to extend the life of the fruit, significantly increase in a test group.
- May Prevent Intestinal Tumors: Researchers determined that in laboratory models a daily amount of this compound equivalent to two glasses of wine may halve the rate of tumors in the intestine.
- Alzheimer: Natural chemicals such as resveratrol may be beneficial for Alzheimer's
- Stimulates the immune system: resveratrol and pterostilbene, present in blueberries, stimulate the innate human immune system.
- Muscle Tone: Resveratrol may help maintain muscle fibers as we age, and protect the connections between neurons, synapses, from the negative effects of aging.
- Arteries health: This natural compound found in red wine, peanuts, and red grape skins may reduce the stiffness of the arteries in some people with type 2 diabetes, possibly by acting on aortic stiffness.
Although Resveratrol is still a controversial topic in the scientific community. A study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine in 2014 found a neutral effect of resveratrol intake in a controlled group study. So, if you are concerned about Resveratrol and it's potential benefits you; should seek professional advice.