Resveratrol, Coronary Health, and the "French Paradox"
Resveratrol is primarily found in red wine, red grape skins, purple grape juice, mulberries, in smaller amounts in peanuts, and in
the root of Polygonum cuspidatum, also known as Hu Zhang or kojo-kon. Scientists
became interested in exploring potential health benefits of resveratrol in 1992 when its presence was first reported in red wine, leading to speculation that resveratrol might help explain what was referred to as the “French Paradox” (so named, because coronary heart health is high in southern France despite an also high dietary intake of saturated fats).
Antioxidant and Anti-aging
In the test tube, resveratrol effectively scavenges (neutralizes) free radicals and other oxidants and helps maintain healthy low
density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation levels.
Researchers have found that low doses
of resveratrol mimic the effects of what is known as caloric
restriction - diets with 20-30 percent fewer calories than a typical
diet - that in numerous studies has been shown to extend lifespan and
blunt the effects of aging. An additional study determined that
resveratrol counteracted the detrimental effects of a high-fat diet in
Resveratrol is produced by
several plants to combat bacteria and fungi attacks. It has
been linked to healthy blood-sugar-levels,
chelating and other beneficial cardiovascular support.
Note: The Co-op's formulation of Resveratrol has
been purified to contain less than 2% emodin. (Emodin levels can reach
5% to 10% in resveratrol derived from Polygonum cuspidatum. That much
emodin in higher dose resveratrol can lead to stomach upset and diarrhea
and so we've purified our Resveratrol formulation further for your overall comfort and well-being).