Resveratrol and You
A History of Resveratrol
From my recent research, it seems that man has been aware of the powers of Resveratrol for a long time. First discovered in the 1940’s in a variety of Japanese and Chinese roots, these roots were dried and used for medicinal purposes. Various skin problems such as athlete’s foot were treated with these dried root products.
In about 1976, researchers found Resveratrol in the skin and seeds of grapes. The flesh does not have Resveratrol. According to one researcher, fresh grape skins contain 50-100 mg Resveratrol per gram, and the concentration in wine ranges from 0.2 mg/l to 7.7 mg/l. As you can see there is a wide range of concentration of Resveratrol in the different varieties of grapes and the resulting wines.
Research on the benefits of Resveratrol came about because of the French Paradox. The French Paradox is the relationship between the drinking of wine in France and the low incidents of cardiovascular problems among the French population. This effect has been attributed to the Resveratrol found in Red Wine.
Resveratrol benefits have captured the attention of many current researchers, among them are Harvard University, The Linus Pauling Institute in Oregon, Dr. Joseph Maroon of the University of Pittsburg Studies in his new book "The Longevity Factor" and many more. Research projects include the affects of Resveratrol on cancer, tumors, heart disease, diabetes and other diseases of aging. Resveratrol has also been shown to mimic Calorie Restriction, which extends lifespan.
As data is collected on the effects on humans, excitement is growing. The need for natural ways to stop, prohibit or reverse cancer and heart disease is of interest to many. We already know that Resveratrol has positive effects on aging. Each new clinical study brings us closer to a healthier future. I am ready!