Scientists have known for many years that drinking a little red wine can be beneficial in the prevention of heart disease. It is now believed that resveratrol is one of the key ingredients found in red wine that works to prevent damage to blood vessels and the occurrence of blood clots, and that it reduces “bad” cholesterol.
Resveratrol is also being studied for its effect as an anti-aging and anti-cancer supplement.
A 5-ounce glass of red wine can contain between 0.30 and 1.07 mg of resveratrol, depending on the type of grape, the climate and environmental conditions where the grape is grown, and the fermentation process used by the vintner to make the specific type of wine.
Research Studies on Prolonging Life
Research studies have shown that the resveratrol in red wine can prolong life for fruit flies and worms, but another study done with fish, a vertebrate animal, also seems to prove its life extending qualities.
An overview of the study showed how, “Researchers found adding resveratrol, an organic compound found in grapes and particularly in red wine, to the daily diet of short-lived fish prolonged their lifespan and delayed the onset of age-related memory and other problems.
Researchers found fish fed the lower dose of resveratrol lived an average of 33 percent longer than fish fed their normal diets, while those fed the higher dose of the red wine ingredient lived more than 50 percent longer. Scientists say the findings suggest that resveratrol is the first compound to consistently prolong the lifespan of several very different animal groups and could become the stepping stone for creating drugs to prevent age-related diseases in humans.”
Red Wine, Resveratrol, and Brain Health
Resveratrol has been shown in a scientific study at Cornell University to clear out plaque formed in animal brains. As humans age, the plaque builds up, leading to decreased memory, dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Another study completed by John Hopkins University, has shown that resveratrol levels may offer critical support in the brain during a stroke, protecting it by elevating specific enzyme levels.
Resveratrol can also be beneficial in decreasing inflammation which can be a serious issue in treating brain or spinal cord injuries. Resveratrol essentially blocks pathways that allow significant inflammation to occur.
Red wine contains resveratrol. This anti-oxidant is being researched for a number of benefits that include its use for anti-aging, to support heart health, and even as a way to lose weight.