Article by Cristal G. Orpilla, RN
We all know that components in red wine are good for a healthy heart. That’s all due to the antioxidant, resveratrol. But did you know resveratrol has other health benefits?
What is Resveratrol?
Resveratrol is a plant compound that is found most abundantly in the skin of red grapes, mulberries, and peanuts. In nature, resveratrol contains phytoalexin polymers that aid in a plant’s defense mechanism by preventing bacterial and fungal infections. But the anti-aging effects of resveratrol are mainly because they have the ability to act on a cellular level within a cell’s DNA. Resveratrol acts on the cell’s enzyme to control cell processes such as regulation of cell aging, cell transcription (a step in cell formation), stress resistance, and apoptosis (a cell’s death). Because of these properties, it is no wonder resveratrol has become a hot topic in health and anti-aging.
Benefits of Resveratrol
According to Dr. Peter Pugliese, M.D., the benefits of resveratrol are due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Resveratrol aids in fighting against free radicals and oxidative stress caused by environmental factors, such as UV damage. Resveratrol also helps to control inflammation because it blocks the inflammatory process. What else can resveratrol help with?
-Combats Against Cancer
Oncologists have observed that resveratrol deprives the cancer cells on essential nutrients by inhibiting the action of an important protein which leads to their starvation. Patients who are suffering from skin cancer are put on resveratrol.
Resveratrol helps to maintain water balance in the body, thus keeps the skin hydrated. It also provides nourishment to the skin, detoxifies the skin and provides cells with energy.
So how can we get a healthy dose of resveratrol? Resveratrol is highly absorbed through oral doses, however it takes a whole lot of grapes and wine to reap the antioxidant benefits because it is rapidly ejected from the body. One of the best ways resveratrol can be incorporated into the body is through topical application. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a recent study conducted in 2008 found that “delivery via a skin route may be a potent way to achieve the therapeutic effects of resveratrol.”
Hmmm… maybe my bottle of Shiraz can double as a toner?