Resveratrol has been a much studied by scientists these days and the only reason for the huge amount of hours spent by experts to study this natural phenol is for the promises it delivers in treating huge number of human diseases.
Resveratrol is a phytoalexin, which is produced by pathogens such as fungi and bacteria when they attack plants. The history of Resveratrol dates back to the 1930s when a Japanese scientist isolated it from the poisonous Veratrum album. Though, research on this natural phenol was stalled and it was only in the early 2000s that scientists started looking at working with it. Though there have been no concrete evidences of its advantages, initial results have been promising.
It is very true that scientists would never suggest anything unless they are doubly sure of their findings for which we might have to wait some more time. However, resveratrol’s advantages have been tested on cell cultures and rodents and below are some of the advantages they offer:
- This Phytoalexin has been highly popular for its anti-cancer characteristics. It can not only treat cancers (some forms), but it can also protect one from any type of cancer.
- Lowers ones blood sugar level.
- Increase cardiovascular activities, which shield one from various heart problems.
- Treats Alzheimer’s disease.
- Treats injuries related to spinal cord.
- It has also been seen that people who have a particular amount of resveratrol in their bodies are far more active and athletes perform better. However, this not a banned substance and traces of resveratrol can be found in red grapes as well.
In the very first few experiments that were conducted, it was found that resveratrol helped in extending the life span of the yeast, So scientists thought that it can play a pivotal role in doing the same thing for humans. In the last few years, there has been continuing research on various species and results again have been good, but conclusions cannot be drawn as yet.
Life extension is only a single dimension of the various advantages. Skin cancer can be prevented by application of resveratrol; however, this has not been tested on human, the number of cancer cases has been observed to be lower in case of people who consume resveratrol.
As of now, there have been no side effects of resveratrol. Since research is in its very initial stages whether or not long term side-effects exists is hard to know. However, the capability of this nutrient to challenge diseases such as cancer has been a boost and it has also been identified as a possible replacement of the chemotherapy, which not only destroys the cancerous cells, but at the same time destroys healthy cells which would not be the case with resveratrol. There are other benefits which come with increased life expectancy.
Content of Resveratrol in food, wines and grape juice
|Beverage||Total resveratrol (mg/L)||Total resveratrol (mg/150mL)|
|Red wine (global)||1.98 – 7.13||0.30 – 1.07|
|Red grape juice (Spanish)||1.14 – 8.69||0.17 – 1.30|
|Rose wine (Spanish)||0.43 – 3.52||0.06 – 0.53|
|Pinot noir||0.40 – 2.0||0.06 – 0.30|
|White wine (Spanish)||0.05 – 1.80||0.01 – 0.27|
|Food||Serving||Total resveratrol (mg)|
|Peanuts (raw)||1 c (146 g)||0.01 – 0.26|
|Peanut butter||1 c (258 g)||0.04 – 0.13|
|Red grapes||1 c (160 g)||0.24 – 1.25|