The red wine health hype is ever growing within the world of nutrition, and there’s one fabulous antioxidant compound at the heart of this hysteria – Trans-Resveratrol.
What is Trans-Resveratrol?
Trans-Resveratrol is a an isomer to Resveratrol which is found in the skin of grapes. Being an antioxidant, it has an incredible ability to protect cells against free radical damage. Trans-Resveratrol is unique from other antioxidants as it can cross the blood-brain barrier to help protect the brain and nervous system.
Before you reach for the bottle, let’s find out what this awesome antioxidant can do for you.
Cold & Flu Protection
A runny nose, sore throat and cough – dreaded symptoms of the lurgy that is the common cold. It’s well documented that Vitamin C does indeed help to protect the immune system against these horrid symptoms, but what if we said Trans-Resveratrol worked in the same way?
Researchers at Georgia State University have now found that red wine has the ability to suppress the onset of infectious bacteria which cause upper-respiratory tract infections such as the common cold, laryngitis and tonsillitis. So if you’re feeling a little under the weather, get yourself some Trans-Resveratrol.
Being a powerful antioxidant, Resveratrol has been found to reduce the risk of fatty plaque deposits in blood vessels (atherosclerosis), subsequently reducing the risk of high blood pressure.
Blood vessel dilation has also been reported during Resveratrol supplementation via potassium channel stimulation. This leads to an increase in nitric oxide signalling, causing to an improvement in oxgen transportation around the body.
Ageing and Brain Health
As you get older, your brain starts to shrink and your risk of cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s increases (it sounds scary, we know). Resveratrol has been found to reduce the size and number of protein plaque deposits that build up in the brain during Alzheimer’s. This decreases the resultant toxins which are normally released and act as a protective effect on nerve and brain cells.
Alongside the cognitive benefits, Resveratrol has been found to play a role in fighting cancerous tumours. A study published in Anticancer Research (2004) found that resveratrol has an ability to depolarise mitochondrial membranes within cancer cells. Resveratrol’s anti-inflammatory properties have also been found to prevent the growth of tumours by inhibiting certain enzymes.
Low on stamina in the gym? Resveratrol has been found to have the ability to increase oxidative metabolism in order to enhance cardiovascular function and in turn, improve endurance ability. Combine Resveratrol supplementation with endurance training and you’re well on your way to success!
If you’re thinking of supplementing with Trans-Resveratrol, get yours from the myvitamins shop for the finest quality ingredients and 154mg of Trans-Resveratrol per tablet. For best results, take one tablet, twice daily.