Resveratrol provides several health benefits, including protecting the body from diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, according to WebMD. Additionally, animal studies suggest that resveratrol increases longevity despite having a high caloric intake.
Resveratrol helps to prevent heart attacks by reducing the ability of platelets to stick together. It also helps to prevent the oxidation of a harmful type of cholesterol, and it reduces inflammation, notes WebMD. The spread of cancer may be limited by taking resveratrol, as the death of cancerous cells is triggered by resveratrol. The drug protects against diabetes by preventing insulin resistance. Additionally, resveratrol protects against damage to nerve cells and the accumulation of plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists believe the benefits of resveratrol are due to its ability to activate the SIRT1 gene.
Most research on resveratrol has been conducted in animals and is limited in humans, reports Drugs.com. However, one study showed that resveratrol markedly lowered mean systolic and arterial blood pressure in human subjects taking 150mg of resveratrol per day. These research subjects also demonstrated reduced inflammatory markers and lower plasma glucose, insulin and plasma triglyceride concentrations.
Studies using mice provide evidence that resveratrol can protect against the negative effects of consuming excess calories, states WebMD. Mice given resveratrol while consuming a high-calorie diet lived longer than those on the same diet that were not given resveratrol. The mice given resveratrol were protected from obesity-related health problems.