Resveratrol is a substance naturally produced by many plants whose consumption brings numerous benefits.
According to the Ministry of Health, in the definition “other nutrient or other substance with a nutritional or physiological effect”, resveratrol is a substance, contained in different plants, which has numerous beneficial effects on the health of those who use it. In today’s article we will find out in more detail what resveratrol is, in which foods it is possible to find it and what its beneficial effects are.
Resveratrol, what it is and where it is found
Scientifically speaking, resveratrol is a non-flavonoid phenol naturally produced by several plants, which use this substance to protect themselves from possible attacks by pathogens .
This phenol is also an excellent antioxidant . The task of this compound is therefore to combat the possible presence of free radicals : an action that has multiple beneficial effects. In fact, a reduction in the amount of free radicals slows down the aging of cells , prevents the weakening of the immune system and, consequently, the development of tumor diseases .
In addition, resveratrol has anti-inflammatory properties and helps protect blood vessels. It is said to promote DNA repair and regulate the cell cycle. Its action therefore helps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
This substance can be found in several foods. First of all, we find it in the peel of red grapes and, consequently, in wine . It is also contained in blueberries, pine nuts, peanuts and pomegranate juice .
The beneficial effects
As stated previously, consuming foods, or drinks, containing resveratrol, helps prevent the onset of cardiovascular problems and reduces the chance of developing cancer . However, they are not the only benefits that this substance gives us.
In fact, thanks to its antioxidant properties, resveratrol helps protect the brain , reducing the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases . Not surprisingly, the consumption of this substance is said to favor the production of neural cells.
Finally, thanks to this property, it manages to play an anti-aging effect. It promotes the health and rebirth of cells and causes them to produce more collagen, thereby improving the appearance of the skin, which will appear younger.
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