Benefits of Red wine extract

Red wine contains a substance called resveratrol that may offer a number of health benefits. People who regularly drink moderate amounts of red wine tend to have 20 percent to 30 percent fewer instances of coronary heart disease, but scientists are still trying to learn exactly why, reports the Linus Pauling Institute at the University of Oregon. The answer may be in the resveratrol component, but more research is needed to confirm its effects. Before you begin taking red wine extract or resveratrol supplements, consult your health care provider.


Health Benefits

Resveratrol may be able to fight hardening of the arteries, cancer and coronary heart disease, according to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The Linus Pauling Institute adds that resveratrol may have antioxidant properties, anti-inflammatory effects and the ability to keep platelets in the blood from sticking together to form clots. It also may be able to increase longevity. reports that resveratrol may be able to help lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics, improve memory and increase joint mobility.


Resveratrol was shown to be beneficial in fighting fungal infections in a study performed at Tokyo Dental College in Japan. Researchers studied the antifungal properties of resveratrol and performed laboratory tests that determined its ability to inhibit the growth of Candida albicans, a form of yeast that can cause infection in the body. Their findings were published in March 2010 in the “Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology.”


More research is needed to determine whether the apparent health benefits of drinking red wine come from resveratrol or from other components in the wine. Drinking red wine carries the same risks as consuming any form of alcohol, and overconsumption can lead to liver damage, high blood pressure, obesity and some forms of cancer, as well as addiction and accidents, according to As an alternative to drinking red wine, resveratrol or red wine extract supplements are available in pharmacies, health food stores and major retail stores.

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