Resveratrol is the heart healthy antioxidant found in nuts, grapes, and wine. Resveratrol may very well be the key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) and prevents blood clots.
Simply eating grapes or drinking grape juice is one way to get resveratrol without drinking alcohol, but now you can supplement resveratrol with a convenient time-release patch.
Resveratrol has been found to slow age-related health decline in mice on a standard diet and improve health and longevity of overweight aged mice on a high fat diet. In a new study of non-human primates, researchers have found that resveratrol counters some of the negative effects of a high fat/high sugar diet on the pancreas, protecting these primates from developing diabetes.
The resveratrol in red wine comes from the skin of grapes used to make wine. Since red wine is fermented with grape skins longer than white wine, red wine contains more resveratrol.
Because the alcohol in red wine can increase high blood pressure, obesity and stroke, the American Heart Association recommends drinking it in moderation and cautions people not to start drinking if they don’t already. A transdermal patch is a healthy alternative to drinking.
“Resveratrol alone may not reduce risk for heart disease or cancer or increase longevity. Instead we recommend eating healthy foods, some of which contain resveratrol, and others that include healthy nutrients,” says Nieca Goldberg, M.D., cardiologist and director of the New York University Center for Women’s Health in New York City.
The AHA recommends eating an overall balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables and whole-grain products, as well as getting the right amount of nutrients from a variety of foods.
Each patch contains:
Adults: Apply one patch daily or as recommended by a healthcare professional.