Trans Resveratrol-- Love Your Heart
Trans resveratrol was first discovered in 1939 by a curious Japanese man, then health benefits of the potent antioxidant were further explored in the latter era of the 20th century. The discovery of its many health benefits was spurred by an interesting phenomenon known as the French Paradox.
American scholars noticed that the French would enjoy eat steak, fries, cheese and high cholesterol foods, yet the incidence rate of cardiovascular disease was only 1/3 of those in the United States and other countries in Europe.
Therefore, American scientists decided to do a study and discovered that French diets were higher in trans resveratrol, found in the skin of red grapes. They concluded that this was because they consumed higher volumes of red wine--especially wine produced in the Bordeaux region of France--which contains even higher amounts of trans resveratrol which we know consists of concentrated, fermented red grapes.
Studies continued to affirm the positive effects of trans resveratrol on cardiovascular health. In an Australian study of overweight hypertensive men and postmenopausal women, researchers monitored the effect of resveratrol on the brachial artery (the major artery of the upper arm). Impaired blood flow in this vessel is linked to risk factors such as obesity and hypertension. After consuming of a highly bioactive form of resveratrol, participants demonstrated a significant and rapid increase of blood flow within the hour.
Resveratrol works this heart-support “magic” in two ways. First off, it protects the endothelium, the delicate inner layer of your arteries, from oxidative free radical damage. Second, resveratrol protects the production of nitric oxide, a critical chemical produced by the endothelium that keeps blood vessels optimally dilated.
So we know trans resveratrol is found in wine, but where can non-avid wine drinkers get their fair share?
Well grapes of course, however the resveratrol content is not comparable to the amount found in red wine. Fortunately, one component of MitoXCell’s cacao based five-ingredient formula is trans resveratrol. And it’s chocolate which is as good as (if not better than!) wine.
Wine and chocolate don't make a bad pair, either.