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What is Resveratol, and what is it good for?

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Resveratrol is a polyphenol, a plant compound that is thought to have antioxidant properties, says WebMD. Resveratrol is found in plant foods including peanuts, berries, red grapes and grape products, including red wine.

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Polyphenols, including resveratrol, are still being studied, as of 2015, and scientists don't fully understand the extent of their benefits to humans, but in laboratory studies, the compounds have been shown to improve longevity and lesson symptoms associated with conditions including cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease and diabetes, says WebMD. In animal testing, resveratrol has been shown to reduce inflammation, lowers levels of LDL, or bad, cholesterol, and make it more difficult for blood clots to form and cause a heart attack. It may also help protect the body from damage related to obesity and aging.

Resveratrol is commonly associated with red wine, giving red wine the aura of being heart healthy. In moderation, red wine may help protect against heart disease by preventing damage to blood vessels, reducing the potential for blood clots and reducing LDL cholesterol, but these findings are only associated with animal testing, as of 2015, and it is not known whether red wine or other products containing resveratrol have the same impact on humans, says Mayo Clinic. Since resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes, eating whole, fresh grapes or grape juice could impart the same benefits as drinking red wine.

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