Resveratrol has become the darling of nutritional enthusiast in the last ten years. This polyphenol, a type of compound found in plants and specifically red wine, has the stats to be a superstar. Synthesized in plants as a natural defense mechanism to protect against invading toxins like molds, fungi, ultraviolet irradiation and insects, Resveratrol functions very similar in the body. Resveratrol is a protective nutrient to help the plants and body deal with stress.
Resveratrol, due to its antioxidant properties, causes the body to efficiently neutralize molecules that can become toxic to other molecules and tissues. As we go throughout our day, our body’s natural metabolic processes give rise to highly reactive and oxidizing molecules called free radicals. Antioxidants will scavenge for these free radicals, bind to them, and neutralize them so they can be safely removed by the body. Resveratrol has been studied for over 20 years and has been found to be well absorbed, highly active in the body, and is quickly metabolized, or used, by the system.