What is Resveratrol Extract 98% Vege Capsule?
If you’re a red wine fan, you have resveratrol to thank for its health benefits. Not only is resveratrol found in red wine, grapes, berries, and peanuts, but it can be taken as a supplement as well. Resveratrol is a compound found in these plant foods that act as an antioxidant in the body.
Primarily found in the skins of grapes, red wine has a particularly high concentration of resveratrol. In supplement form, the extracts are derived from an Asian plant called Polygonum cuspidatum. Consuming resveratrol through food or supplements is linked to a number of health benefits including protecting brain function, lowering blood pressure, and lowering cholesterol.
Most of the research done on resveratrol has been in animal and test tube studies using very high amounts. Of the human studies conducted, most have used the supplement form of resveratrol, which is in a concentrated form higher than you would get through food.
While these results are promising, more research needs to be done on humans before recommending resveratrol supplementation for certain health conditions.
May Promote Heart Health. Due to its antioxidant properties, resveratrol has many heart health-promoting benefits. Research shows that resveratrol plays a role in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol while nitric oxide helps blood vessels relax.
It is thought that resveratrol helps the body to produce more nitric oxide, therefore, creating a blood pressure lowering effect. More research needs to be done to determine what specific dose of the resveratrol supplement is needed to assist in lowering blood pressure.
May Help Lower Cholesterol. There also is evidence to suggest that resveratrol helps to lower cholesterol levels by blunting the effect of the enzyme that promotes cholesterol production.
In one mouse study, the researchers fed the mice a high protein, high polyunsaturated fat diet in addition to giving them resveratrol supplements. At the end of the study, the mice’s average total cholesterol levels decreased and their HDL or “good” cholesterol increased. It is not possible to make recommendations for humans based on studies in mice, though.
May Promote Brain Health. Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds are known to protect the brain and slow down cognitive decline and resveratrol is no exception. Many studies suggest that drinking red wine can slow age-related cognitive decline.
One study examined the role the compound plays in setting off a chain of events in the body that protects the brain cells from damage. The study showed that resveratrol interferes with beta-amyloids, which are protein fragments that form plaques indicating the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
While these studies are promising, researchers are still unclear on how effective a resveratrol supplement is on brain health, which limits any conclusive recommendations for widespread use.
May Slow Cancer Growth. Additionally, resveratrol has been extensively studied in test tubes and animals for its potential role in helping to prevent and treat cancer, yielding mixed results. Resveratrol may inhibit cancer cell growth.
It also may change gene expression in cancer cells to slow their growth and interfere with the way hormones are expressed to prevent certain cancers from spreading.89 Much more research needs to be done on humans before any recommendations for human cancer treatment can be made.