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Resveratrol can save your life. Do you know it?

PC. Luis Quiroz Ravines

Why resveratrol can save your life?

Resveratrol, a phytonutrient found in red wine and more recently in the skin of apples, may be the most powerful natural antioxidant that you can consume to benefit your health, especially your heart.

One hypothesis for the benefits of red wine and also black grape juice is its high content of a polyphenol called resveratrol which has antioxidant properties. The researchers suggest that antioxidants remove molecules called free radicals which cause damage to cells and cause cancer and cardiac infarction.

Additionally scientists believe that resveratrol blocks the production of of a protein associated with cardiovascular disease.

Researchers at the University Louis Pasteur of Strasboung in France examined the effects of purple grape juice on endothelial cells. The study suggests that resveratrol causes these cells to produce nitric oxide, which helps maintain healthy blood pressure and allows good function of blood vessels

Resveratrol improves muscle performance

A French study, led by Dr. Johan Auwerx of the Institute of Genetics and Cell Biology in Ilkirch, France, and conducted in mice, found that high doses of resveratrol improved muscle performance.

 A typical laboratory mouse could run routinely 1 kilometer before falling exhausted. Auwerx supplemented a group of mice with 400 mg. of resveratrol per kilo of weight and found that these same mice could run twice as far than mice that were not supplemented with resveratrol. Resveratrol improved muscle energy and reduced vascular ratio as if they were trained athletes.

Resveratrol makes you look like a trained athlete without the training, says Dr. Auwerx.

Previous studies in mice had shown that moderately high doses of the antioxidant could activate the genetic mechanism that protects against degenerative diseases of aging and prolong the lifespan by up to 30%

Dr. Auwerx believes that resveratrol can help eliminate the negative effects of high-fat diets which can cause metabolic disorders like diabetes. This may explain the French paradox: high consumption of red meat and fat but low incidence of coronary heart disease, the explanation is the high consumption of wine of the French people.

A glass of red wine daily can increase your health

According to the US FDA drink one or two glasses of red wine a day can reduce cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart attack and cancer. However alcohol in wine can cause harm if taken in excess.

A new study suggests that black grape juice may offer the same protection against heart disease as red wine does.

"The black grape juice can have a similar red wine but without the alcohol effect," says the researcher, Dr. Valeri Schini-Kerth.

The resveratrol found in red grapes is one of the most potent cardiovascular drugs recently discovered by modern medicine, says Dr. Dore, who presented a study at the recent conference of the Society for Neuroscience in Atlanta.

In Peru, we have an excellent variety of black grapes produced in Cascas, cheap, robust, slightly acidic, but very dark and juicy, which means higher levels of resveratrol. Unfortunately in Peru, looked with disdain this healthy regional fruit that is better used by Ecuadorians, in whose territory is going the increased production of grapes of Cascas.

A glass of red wine daily, if your budget allows, or even better, a glass of extract of red grapes, plus one or two apples with all its skin, can bring you substantial amount of resveratrol, to reduce your risk of heart attack and reinforce your health.


NOTE: Luis Quiroz Ravines is a Peruvian journalist specializing in Natural Health, author of an effective treatment to stop hair loss naturally. Learn MORE at:

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