What? Okay, let’s begin by defining Resveratrol before we go any further. From MedicineNet.net…… ” Resveratrol: An antioxidant present in many plants. Resveratrol is a type of polyphenol called a phytoalexin, a class of compounds produced as part of a plant’s defense system against disease. It is produced in the plant in response to an invading fungus , stress, injury, infection, or ultraviolet irradiation. Red wine contains high levels of resveratrol, as do grapes, raspberries, peanuts, and numerous other plants. The French Paradox — how the French live longer while their diet is high in fats — has been attributed to the fact that wine is rich in resveratrol.”
The most common plants that produce this are red grapes, and also the super food from Brazil, Acai, among other mainly dark purple fruits. Acai is fast becoming known as the super food as it is so full of antioxidants, in fact 10 times more so than cranberries and blueberries which are the best we have in North America.
In a very balanced article from Mayo Clinic discussing the benefits of Reveratrol,( http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/red-wine/HB00089 ), studies seem to indicate that this Phytoalexin, helps in heart health by lowering cholesterol and helping maintain well veins and arteries.
Start by doing some research on your own about the benefits of the Acai berry and also Resveratrol. Between the two of them it seems that we should make a concerted effort to getting some of both into our bodies daily. Unless you just like cheeseburgers and won’t eat any fruit of any kind. Of course those people probably haven’t read this far into this article have they?
Resveratrol is available all over the place, over the counter, usually in pill or capsule form, which is better than nothing but too often not that much better than nothing. Several vitamin companies sell it in one form or another. I have my own favorite, which is a juice derived from 18 other heart healthy fruits besides the Acai, with 30 times more Resveratrol then red wine, but do some research and see what you think is the best choice for your money, I did.
Have a heart healthy day!
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