A Healthy Heart
Resveratrol is a nutrient found in berries and herbs, and it is the main ingredient responsible for wines touted health benefits. Its positive effects have shown up in heart health, immunity and inflammation. Studies have shown that it reduces cholesterol and triglycerides, lowers blood pressure, and lowers the incidence of plaque formation. This in turn leads to a reduced rate of strokes and heart attacks. Resveratrol also works as an antioxidant. It reduces the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which is thought to be the initiating event in artery hardening. It also helps regulate inflammation by down-regulating the production of proinflammatory signals.
Healthy Cells Resveratrol has been shown to work as an anti-cancer agent, blocking events that occur during cancer initiation, promotion and progression. It inhibits abnormal cellular proliferation, promoting regulated cell death of rogue cells. It also prevents blood flow to tumors to restrict the growth of cancerous formations.
A Long Life Most impressively, resveratrol is a calorie restriction mimetic. Calorie restriction involves an approximate 40% reduction in caloric intake while maintaining levels of nutrients, and has been shown to increase the lifespan of a number of species. Resveratrol shows many of the beneficial effects of caloric restriction, making it a helpful aid for a long and healthy life.