Recent scientific research in the laboratory has shown that the benefits of resveratrol from the skins and seeds of red grapes include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory effect, cellular energy production and cancer cell suppression.
“Resveratrol has been found to inhibit proliferation and induce apoptosis in a number of cancer cell lines…. inhibit the activity of several inflammatory enzymes…” Oregon State University, Linus Pauling Institute
“Over the last decade, Sinclair and colleagues including Leonard Guarente at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have published a body of research describing how resveratrol improves energy production and overall health in cells by activating a class of genes called sirtuins that are integral to mitochondrial function. The cell’s power supplier, mitochondria are essential not just for longevity but for overall health.” Science Daily
“Principal investigator Jason Dyck and his team found out in lab experiments that high doses of the natural compound resveratrol improved physical performance, heart function and muscle strength in lab models.
“We were excited when we saw that resveratrol showed results similar to what you would see from extensive endurance exercise training,” says Dyck, who works in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry as a researcher in the department of Pediatrics and the department of Pharmacology.” Science Daily
His team’s findings were published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Physiology in late May.
Resveratrol is a naturally occurring polyphenol, found primarily in the skin and seeds of grapes. In plants, resveratrol functions as part of the defense system against cellular damage and disease, and is synthesized in response to stress, infection, and UV radiation. In recent and ongoing studies, resveratrol has received attention due to its potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-aging properties. Several studies have demonstrated that resveratrol is an effective antioxidant, and it is thought that because it contains highly hydrophilic and lipophilic properties, it can provide more effective protection than other well-known antioxidants like vitamins C and E. Resveratrol has also been found to boost anti-aging enzymes called sirtuins, which are universal regulators of aging in virtually all living organisms. Sirtuins serve as guardians of the cell, allowing cells to survive damage and delay cell death.
You can consume resveratrol by drinking red wine, and taking resveratrol supplements (be careful as not all concentrations in supplements are equal). You can also also apply it topically to be absorbed into the skin. Although the data is still to be collected as to the beneficial long term affects of either, there have been no known negative affects to date.
I personally take an internal supplement, Lifeoxylin, and use topically applied lotions in Celloxylin Skin Care that both contain Resveratrol. Why not?
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