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. Drugs.com 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 MayoClinic.com. As an alternative to drinking red wine, resveratrol or red wine extract supplements are available in pharmacies, health food stores and major retail stores.