Have you heard of the French Paradox: the fact that the French seem to eat and drink what they want but still remain slim? It appears this may be due to the resveratrol from all the red wine they tend to consume. Now we have access to this in a bottle, and it’s not a wine bottle! Here are several reasons why you should incorporate it into your daily supplement routine.
The Exercise Effect
There are a few multi-faceted supplements out there that seem to do it all (such as Omega-3s) and resveratrol tops that list, especially when it comes to body composition. A study published in the FASEB Journal suggests that resveratrol may prevent the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle. The report describes experiments in rats that simulated the weightlessness of spaceflight, during which the group fed resveratrol did not develop insulin resistance or a loss of bone mineral density, unlike their colleagues. However this doesn’t just benefit astronauts! The results indicate that resveratrol may be able to prevent the consequences of sedentary behaviors during periods of inactivity, whether it is from illness, schedule changes, injuries or even travel. Resveratrol can work for you both in and out of the gym by preventing a decline in metabolic health when your levels of activity are at a minimum. Its bone-density preserving properties show promise for women at risk for osteoporosis.
Elevated levels of estrogen can cause health problems in both men and women, ranging from PMS and lower body fat, to endometriosis and estrogen-related cancers. Recent research shows that resveratrol stops breast cancer cells from growing by blocking the growth effects of estrogen. This discovery suggests that resveratrol is able to inhibit and counteract the development of hormone resistant breast cancer cells. For the male counterparts, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have found that this power supplement may help reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer. In the study, resveratrol-fed mice showed an 87 percent reduction in their risk of developing the worst type of prostate tumors. Other mice in the study, those fed resveratrol but still developed a less-serious form of prostate cancer, were 48 percent more likely to stop or slow their tumour growth compared to the mice who did not consume the supplement.