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The Benefits Of Resveratrol

Wine and grapes

If you are a follower of Greek mythology, you may know that Greek gods were superior immortal exceptionally beautiful beings believed to have powers over controlling the world or some aspect of it. You probably also know that the Greek gods drank a lot of wine. Did anyone ever make a connection between the two? Resveratrol is a polyphenol compound found in red wine and grapes. It is said to promote longevity and offer a range of health benefits from promoting weight loss to combatting cancer. Could it help us achieve god-like status? You be the judge. Here are some of the benefits of resveratrol.

What Is Resveratrol?
Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant produced by some plants as a natural defense against stresses of the environment and is theorized to be able to do the same for humans. Antioxidants are compounds which have been shown to neutralize free radicals which cause aging, cancer, and heart disease. Although Japanese knotweed tops the list of plants with the highest content of resveratrol, a large amount is found in the skin of grapes. Resveratrol protects the grapes against sun damage and fungi disease, making red wine, produced with the grapes, a source of the antioxidant, although in an albeit small amount.

Woman drinking wine

Resveratrol and the French
Resveratrol is thought to be the cause of low rates of heart disease in France. Even with the French habits of smoking, coffee drinking, and the consumption of a high-fat diet, the incidence of heart disease remains low in the French population. The theory is that the resveratrol in the red wine the French consume counteracts the effects of poor health habits, and also contribute to the longevity of the French people.

How Does It Work?
Resveratrol helps to protect cell DNA and reverses the damage caused by free radicals leading to cancer, and aging.

Woman pondering

Benefits

  • Skin Care
    Research indicate that resveratrol can fight skin damage caused by UV light. A study publishes in the FASEB found that when directly applied to skin, resveratrol can protect against the effects of aging caused by sun exposure.
  • Weight Loss
    Scientific finding show that resveratrol can stimulate the production of adiponectin, which is a hormone throughout to fight obesity and insulin resistance. Animal based and test tube studies show that the compound can help to speed metabolism and slow down the formation of fat cells.
  • Brain Health
    A study published in the journal Neurology in 2015 showed that individuals suffering from mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease demonstrated small improvements in their self maintenance abilities after taken resveratrol supplements daily for a year.
  • Cancer
    A report from the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences reveal a number of studies suggesting that resveratrol may have anti cancer properties. A study on cell cultures revealed that resveratrol helped to slow the progression of breast cancer in its early stages, and prevented estrogen from reacting to DNA molecules and forming compounds associated with the beginnings of cancer.

Have you taken resveratrol or used it in your skin care products? Let us know what you think. Is resveratrol the new miracle antioxidant?

Adding Grapes to Meals

Did you know that resveratrol, which is a polyphenolic compound that’s said to have antioxidant properties, is found in grapes? Although all grapes contain resveratrol, it’s the purple and red ones that contain far more than the others. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with sitting there snacking on grapes in between meals, but you can actually incorporate them into your dishes in some fantastic ways. Check out the following ideas for how you can add grapes to your next meal.

Baguette

Grapes on Baguette
One of the most popular meals ever involves combining a baguette, honey, mustard, dried cranberries, brie, and grapes. All you have to do is toast the baguette, put on some brie, then sprinkle on dried cranberries. Next, use scissors to chop up grapes into small pieces and put them on the sandwich, then drizzle everything with honey and mustard. Sometimes I’ll warm it up, other times I’ll just eat it as is, but it never disappoints.

Grilled chicken wrap

Grape and Grilled Chicken Wrap
This is super simple to make and it’s a filling meal. Put diced chicken in a skillet, and once it’s cooked all the way through, put in some Italian dressing and let all the flavors cook together for a few minutes. Turn off the heat, move it over to a cool burner, then throw in chopped up grapes, tomato, and arugula and mix it all together. Put it all on a wheat wrap and you’re good to go.

Ranch pizza

Ranch and Grape Pizza
Take a plain pizza crust and top it with a layer of cheddar cheese (crust area included). Top that with chopped green onions, chopped up grapes, and chopped up broccoli. Bake according to the cooking instructions on the pizza crust packaging. While that’s cooking, crisp up some bacon in a frying pan. Once the pizza is done, sprinkle it with chopped up bacon and drizzle with ranch dressing.

Selection of sandwiches

Fruit, Peanut Butter, Chocolate, and Cream Cheese Sandwich
Making this sandwich is super easy and only takes minutes. Soften a bit of cream cheese in a microwave, then spread it on one side of your favorite bread (I use multi-grain). On the other side, put peanut butter. Top it with chopped up grapes and sliced strawberries, then sprinkle on some semi-sweet chocolate chips. Close the sandwich, then for the final step, toast up both sides in a frying pan until all the ingredients melt together. You can eat it warm or wait until it cools; personally, I love it either way.

One of the best things about grapes – other than they contain Resveratrol of course – is that they’re incredibly versatile. They pair well with salty or sweet ingredients, with cheese and chicken and a whole slew of ingredients in between, and they’re good for you. They even make for a delicious frozen treat during the summer or all year long. Don’t hesitate to experiment in the kitchen and see what grape recipes you come up with. Now that you have some ideas for how to incorporate grapes into your meals, it’s time to get cooking! Happy eating!

Best Fall Foods for Skin

The food that you put into your body manifests itself externally. When you feed your body healthy, nutritious foods full of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, your skin will improve in tone and texture. A great way to increase your intake of vitamins and minerals is to pick fresh produce. When you select produce that is in-season, you not only get the greatest tasting fruits and vegetables, you also get a better price than buying off-season produce. Below, find our three favorite fall foods for healthy skin.

Pumpkins.

Pumpkin
You can’t separate pumpkins and fall, the two just go together. Pumpkins are for more than just carving and making delicious pies, they are also a super beneficial fall food when it comes to skincare. All face types benefit from pumpkin, but you may be especially pleased with adding this to your diet or beauty regimen if you have skin that has suffered environmental damage. Pumpkin contains high levels of vitamins A and C, both of which help correct and prevent damage from environmental influences, such as sun damage. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can protect against and help remedy damage due to free radicals. Vitamin A is excellent for maintaining smooth, soft skin. Eating pumpkin is a great way to increase your levels of vitamins A and C and who doesn’t want another excuse to eat a slice of pumpkin pie? But you can also use pureed pumpkin to make facial masks. If you have dry skin, mix pumpkin puree and plain yogurt and if you have oily skin, use a blend of pumpkin puree and apple cider vinegar.

Apples

Apples
Another food that is practically synonymous with fall is the apple. From pies to cider, apple is everywhere during autumn and for good reason. Apples come in tons of varieties, offering something for every taste preference and they are a super versatile fruit when it comes to making meals. Although oranges are typically equated with vitamin C, apples are full of this antioxidant as well. In addition to protecting against and reversing damage from free radicals, it also helps speed up skin cell production, meaning your skin looks healthy and radiant. Apples are also full of B vitamins, specifically B5 and B9, which are great for combating acne and skin irritation.

Grapes.

Grapes
Grapes are great any time of year, but the vast majority of grapes in the northern hemisphere are harvested between the months of October and August. The skins of grapes are amazing sources of resveratrol, an awesome anti-aging antioxidant. Recent research suggests that in addition to the anti-aging properties of resveratrol, it may also be a great ingredient if you suffer from acne. Resveratrol is a natural anti-inflammatory and it can help soothe skin that is acting up. Grapes also contain vitamins A, C, K and some B vitamin compounds as well as micro-nutrients such as iron, copper and manganese.

You can increase your intake of these fall fruits for better skin, or you can use these ingredients topically. Put apples and grapes in a fruity chicken salad, or make a warm pumpkin soup on a cold fall night. Eating, or using these fall foods topically, will help you achieve clearer, younger-looking and more radiant skin.