Supplement Spotlight: Resveratrol

Resveratrol is a compound found in red wine which is most well known for its numerous benefits to heart health and longevity.  Resveratrol benefits cardiovascular health in a number of ways: it helps to keep blood vessels healthy, it works to lower blood pressure, and it helps to prevent blood clots.  Animal studies linked resveratrol supplementation to improved heart function as well as improved insulin sensitivity.

A glass of wine a day has health benefits, though to get the amounts of resveratrol used in most health studies; one would have to drink a case of bottles a day, which is usually not a great idea.  Luckily, supplements are readily available.

Resveratrol has been studied for its interesting benefits for people with high fat diets and those trying to lose weight.  In one study, researchers found that resveratrol supplementation inhibited weight gain, even with a high fat diet.

Resveratrol may also be beneficial for maintaining proper brain function.  Some studies have speculated that resveratrol may reduce the risk of developing neurodegenerative disorders, particularly Alzheimer’s disease, due in part to its neuroprotective effects.

Another study found that older adults performed better on memory tests after supplementing with 200 mg resveratrol daily for six months.  The improvements were linked to better glucose metabolism and “functional connectivity” in the part of the brain responsible for memory.

New studies have come out recently which have said that resveratrol can also help with bone health.  Scientists reported that men who took 500mg of resveratrol twice daily for four months had a significant increase in spinal bone density.   

The best absorbing and bioavailable form of resveratrol is known as trans resveratrol.  We have a number of supplements at Pass Health Foods with that superior form.  I am really a fan of resveratrol since it has such varied uses- almost anyone would benefit from it!