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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?

Wine and Other Heart Healthy Foods And Beverages

In Greek history, wine has always played a major role in sparking profound dialogue and wild sex. From the orgiastic Dionysian rituals to the philosophical discussions between Plato and Socrates, wine was just as openly exchanged as thoughts and bodily fluids. Indeed, the connection between wine, intense conversation, and physical pleasure seems to have held up through the years and cultures, but, in comparison to its history, the connection between wine and heart health is a rather new discovery.

In the past years, researcher have looked at foods and supplements to analyze the ideal components of a heart-healthy diet. Here are some heart healthy foods and beverages, wine included, that made the list.

Red Wine
Red Wine and Heart Health
Studies show that people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol have a lower risk of heart disease than nondrinkers, with further studies showing that red wine may actually offer extra health benefits. It contains flavonoids and resveratrol, which can limit hardening of the arteries.
In addition, according to the American Heart Association, one to two alcoholic drinks per day has been shown to increase “good” (HDL) cholesterol, while lowering “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and may also reduce instances of blood clots.

Chocolate and Heart Health
The discovery that dark chocolate and cocoa are good for the heart is truly revelatory. Chocolate is rich in antioxidants called flavanoids which keep blood vessels healthy and aids them in their ability to expand.

Those of who prefer white chocolate are less fortunate. While one study showed that eating dark chocolate daily reduced blood pressure and reduced LDL, no such benefits were found as a result of eating the white variety.

Fish Oil and Heart Health
Fatty fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that may help fight heart disease. According to the AHA, the best aquatic candidates for a healthy heart include lake trout, salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, and sardines.

Alice Lichtenstein, DSc and professor of nutrition science and policy, says that she has reviewed studies crediting fish oil with decreased instances of cardiovascular disease, concluding that those who eat more than two servings per week are at a lower risk level.

Cholesterol Lowering Foods
Certain foods contain plant sterols that are shown to decrease bad cholesterol. These include cholesterol lowering margarine, chocolate bars, yogurt, and some orange juices. However, although these products have been shown to lower cholesterol, they should be used in moderation as part of a heart-healthy diet low in saturated fat.

Veggies
Fruits and Vegetables and Heart Health
Lichtenstein says, “We’ve been very disappointed with supplements in general, especially with respect to cardiovascular disease.” She adds, “All the major vitamin E intervention studies have shown no significant effects.”

The solution? More fruits and veggies! Judith Levine, RD, MS advises eating ” a rainbow of fruits and veggies, incorporating reds, blues, greens, and orange/yellows for a well-balanced heart healthy diet.

What do you eat to keep your heart healthy? Let us know what tops your list of heart-healthy indulgences!

Your Daily Red

Woman drinking red wine

Is there anything behind the belief that the type of alcohol you choose is indicative of your personality?  Drinking wine is often referred to as the way classy people get wasted.  It is the so-called “pedigree” of alcohols.

Maybe  you just don’t think you’re the “wine type.”  You don’t know anything about Hemingway or Beckett. Your pjs are made of flannel, not silk. You don’t own a variety of good cheeses and you’re not fluent in French. You still pepper your speech with the word “like.” Maybe you’re more the green tea type, or the beer type, or even just the milk and cookies type.  Definitely not the wine type.

However, in recent years, there is a new characteristic assigned to wine drinkers, and that is ‘healthy’.  So, if you consider yourself the “healthy type,”  a nightly glass of wine may not be such an unthinkable option for you.  Perhaps, if you have a look at the benefits of wine you will revise your opinion.

Good for Your Memory
Research shows that women in their 70s who drank wine every day scored better on memory tests than those who did not.  Wine reduces the inflammation of blood vessels and prevents blood clots linked to heart problems and loss of cognitive skills.  Red wine and alcohol, in general, can also help unclog arteries by raising good cholesterol.

Good for Your Waistline
If you drink wine daily, there is a chance you have lower abdominal fat and a slimmer waist than liquor drinkers and a body mass lower than those who drink wine less regularly, studies say.  Alcohol has been credited with the ability to keep your body burning calories for 90 minutes after drinking a glass.

Good for your Immune System
A British study showed that people who drank a glass of wine daily reduced their risk of contracting a bacteria that causes gastritis, stomach cancer, and ulcers by 11%.  A Spanish study found that a half a glass can present food poisoning, like salmonella.

Good for Your Ovaries
Australian research found that the daily glass of vino can lower the risk of ovarian cancer by 50%.  Scientists credit the antioxidants in the wine the ability to prevent cancer. A separate study done by the University of Michigan, found a red wine compound was able to kill cells from ovarian cancer when combined in a test tube.

Good for Your Bones
Wine has been shown to increase bone mass in female wine drinkers by boosting estrogen levels and slowing the deterioration of bones.

Good for Your Blood Sugar Level
Results of a study conducted by Harvard Medical School, women who drink a glass of red each day are 40% less likely to develop type two diabetes than those who don’t.  Researchers hypothesize that this is a result of wine’s ability to reduce resistance to insulin.

Thinking about changing your type?  Don’t worry.  There is no proven link between drinking a glass of wine daily and the ability to look more beautiful. (Not as of yet, at least.)  However, some of the other side effects have been supported and seem much more attractive.  It can be your little secret.

Five Ways To Up the Resveratrol In your Diet

Woman reading a book and having red wine

You may have observed that wine is becoming a popular guest on morning celebrity talk shows. You may have seen Neil Patrick Harris chugging wine with Meredith Viera or Meredith Viera chugging wine with Ellen Degeneres or Hoda and Kathie Lee chugging wine with each other.

In the past decade or so, wine, especially red wine has received a lot of attention. It has been associated with heart health and health experts have even gone so far as to recommend moderate amounts of red wine as a part of a healthy diet. Because it straddles the border between edgy and safe, and because of its relatively low alcohol content, red wine seems to be the perfect drink of the morning talk show host. It says, “Look, we know how to have fun, but we do it responsibly.” I wonder if they know about resveratrol.

Red wine is perhaps the best-known source of resveratrol. Resveratrol is a member of a group of plant compounds called polyphenols. Polyphenols are known to have antioxidant properties which fight cancer and heart disease. But, perhaps resveratrol is most valued for its anti-aging properties and its potential to fight obesity. in a study on rodents, mice were split into two groups. One was fed a high-calorie diet and given resveratrol, the other was given a healthy diet, but no resveratrol. Not only did the resveratrol fed mice live longer, they were also protected from obesity-related health problem because, get this, Resveratrol mimics caloric restriction. (Give me some right now!!!)

Ok. Ok. Here are some ways you can up the resveratrol in your diet;

Blueberries on a wooden table

Blueberries
Although red grapes have significantly more, resveratrol is also present in blueberries along with antioxidants, dietary fiber, vitamins C and K and manganese.

Red Grapes
If alcohol isn’t your way to go, no problem. Red grapes don’t need to be fermented to have the antioxidant property. The skin of red grapes is loaded with resveratrol and also potassium, vitamin K, C, and B1. Remember, the Greek Gods ate these all the times, and they lived forever and looked pretty good doing it!

Peanut Butter
Who doesn’t love peanut butter? It goes with everything: apples, chocolate, celery, jelly, marshmallows, you name it! Peanut butter contains up to .13 mgs of resveratrol per cup and is also a great source of niacin and manganese.

Itadori Tea
You may have heard of this as a traditional herbal remedy used in Japan and China to combat strokes and heart disease. According to The Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, studies show that, “For people who do not consume alcohol, Itadori tea may be a suitable substitute for red wine.

Dark chocolate

Dark Chocolate
Oh, wow dark chocolate, peanut butter and red wine. Can this really all be good for you? In moderation. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants. iron, copper, manganese, and, you guessed it-resveratrol.

But, a word to the wise.

As tempting as it may be to raise a glass with your favorite tv personality, try to hold off drinking before noon.

Heart-Healthy Drinks

Heart disease is a serious threat, but with proper care and education, heart disease is also quite preventable. Maintaining a healthy diet full of essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients is one part of keeping your heart healthy. Getting regular exercise is also incredibly important when you are taking steps to keep your heart healthy, as is reducing as much stress as possible. However, food, exercise and stress reduction aren’t the only things you can do to help prevent heart disease. You may not put much thought into the beverages you consume, but if you want to keep your heart healthy, it’s time to start. Below, find some of the best heart-healthy drinks.

Coffee beans

Coffee
If you can’t live without your morning cup of coffee, then prepare to be excited. Coffee actually registers more antioxidant activity than tea, which is well-known and widely used for its antioxidant abilities. A study involving more than 83,000 women found that those who drank two cups of coffee each day were at a 20 percent lower risk of stroke than those who drank no coffee each day. The antioxidants in coffee inhibit inflammation in your body, and coffee not only lowers your risk for strokes, it lowers your risk for all cardiovascular disease. Consume coffee in moderation; about two to four cups of coffee each day.

Green Tea

Green Tea
Coffee may register more antioxidant activity than green tea, but that doesn’t mean that green tea is without benefits. Green tea contains plenty of heart-healthy antioxidants that have been shown (in a 2004 study) to reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. Additionally, green tea lowers cholesterol, decreases the risk of blood clots and stroke, and is a natural anti-inflammatory. Aim to drink two to four cups of green tea daily for maximum heart benefits.

Server pouring red wine

Red Wine
Red wine is full of cardioprotective compounds and perhaps the most well-known is resveratrol. Resveratrol is a polyphenol that is found in the skin of grapes in addition to berries and some types of nuts. The antioxidant properties found in resveratrol have many health benefits, one of which is protecting the blood vessels around your heart and stopping blood clots from forming. There is also some evidence that red wine can raise your HDL (good) cholesterol. It is important to remember that drinking any alcohol, including red wine, in excessive amounts is detrimental to your health, so consume red wine in moderation. Experts recommend drinking no more than a four or five ounce serving of red wine once a day.

Your heart health is of the utmost importance, and there are many ways that you can promote heart health and protect yourself from cardiovascular disease. Incorporate these heart-healthy drinks into your diet for increased heart health.

Beneficial Ingredients Found in Wine

Not that you need another reason to pick up that bottle of red wine you’ve been eyeing, but we’ll give you one anyway:  red wine contains ingredients that benefit your skin as well as your health. White wines are delicious, and there is some research suggesting that white wine has its own unique health care benefits, but it is red wine that often steals the spotlight when it comes to healthy benefits of consuming wine. The reason red wine is considered more beneficial is the concentration of polyphenols that are highly concentrated in the skin of red grapes. These polyphenols act as antioxidants and provide protection against problems ranging from heart disease to acne. Vine Vera Skincare investigates just what it is about red wine the makes the beverage such a hot topic in the medical industry.

Quercetin formula

Red Wine and Your Health
There are several ingredients in red wine that benefit your internal health. Guercetin is a compound in red wine that is known to prevent lung cancer. Additionally, it is thought that guecetin may also fight breast cancer. Guercetin, along with resveratrol, stimulate cancer cells to destroy themselves and reduce the amount of growth cancer cells experience. Current studies are being conducted to evaluate the ability of resveratrol to delay degenerative diseases due to aging, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

It is also thought that resveratrol protects against heart disease by lowering blood pressure and keeping plaque from forming in your arteries. Resveratrol does lower the amount of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) while increasing your levels of HDL (the “good” cholesterol).

Resveratrol formula.

Red Wine and Your Skin
Resveratrol is probably the most widely recognized antioxidant in red wine. Other antioxidant ingredients in wine are flavanoids and tannins. All three of these types of antioxidants provide significant skin benefits. Antioxidants protect and fight against free radical damage from oxidation. These antioxidants also provide protection against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation rays. Providing protection from free radicals and UV rays in turn reduces the appearance and formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

Red wine also contains plenty of amino acids that are important in terms of your skin care. You need amino acids in your skincare products because these boost skin renewal, providing healthier and firmer skin. Red wine is currently being studied to determine just how effective it is at fighting acne. Many of the antioxidants found in red wine have both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Anti-inflammatories reduce redness, irritation and inflammation of skin affected by acne while antiseptics cleanse the skin. Red wine also contains alpha hydroxy acids, which are an excellent exfoliant for your skin and help cell turnover. Benzoyl peroxide is a well-known and effective acne medication. The current research on red wine and acne is to determine what effect red wine has on benzoyl peroxides effectiveness. The hypothesis is that red wine will increase the effectiveness of benzoyl peroxide while providing soothing care to the skin reducing irritation often associated with benzoyl peroxide use.

Whether or not white wine is as effective as red wine in your health care is a subject of major debate. Some suggest that white wine does benefit your health and skin because resveratrol and other antioxidants are still present. However, others suggest that the concentration of resveratrol and polyphenols in white wine are too insignificant to provide any benefits. At present, red wine remains the superstar when it comes to your health, both inside and out. You can enjoy a glass of red wine daily for some of the benefits while using the compounds found in red wine topically for maximum benefits. Vine Vera Skincare provides luxury skin care that makes use of these incredibly beneficial ingredients that are found in wine.

All About the Merlot Grape

Merlot is often the first thing people think of when they think of red wine, and there is a good reason for that. In America, Merlot is the second most popular red wine, following Cabernet Sauvignon. It isn’t just the United States that enjoys this grape considering that the Merlot grape is the second most widely planted wine grape worldwide (again, it is surpassed only by Cabernet Sauvignon). Merlot is not only a delicious, dry red wine, it is also thought to have some health benefits when consumed moderately.

Grapes in a vineyard

Origins
The earliest record of the Merlot grape was found in the notes of a Bordeaux official in the year 1784. The note regarded how wine made from the Merlot (then referred to as Merlau) was one of the best wines produced in the Libournais region of France. In 1824, the name Merlot was explained in a document on Medoc wine stating that the Merlot grape was named after the blackbird. There are two speculations as to why the grape was named after the blackbird. One explanation claims that the grape was named after the blackbird (Merlau) because the birds loved to eat the ripe Merlot grapes from the vine while the other implies that the grape was named after the blackbird for it’s intense dark blue color.

Characteristics
Merlot wines tend to have a smooth, velvety texture with a rich blend of flavors. The flavors and aromas produced from the Merlot grape can include:

  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Black cherries
  • Plums
  • Chocolate
  • Cassis
  • Truffles

Some Merlot grapes produce flavors that tend towards a slightly earthier flavor. Merlot grapes flourish in cooler climates and soils that are composed of clay and limestone. The Merlot grape is the most commonly planted grape in France, with 62% of vineyards in the Bordeaux region dedicated to this grape.

Server pouring wine in a restaurant.

Health Benefits
A four ounce glass of Merlot has no fat and just under 100 (it has 98) calories. Additionally, there is less than one gram of sugar in a four ounce glass, making Merlot a light choice for an alcoholic beverage. The other major health benefit that comes with Merlot is the polyphenol compound found in the skin of red grapes: resveratrol. Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant that provides a wide array of health benefits from the a radiant, glowing complexion to fighting cancer. While resveratrol is still being studied by scientists and researchers, it is thought that this antioxidant may be a key component in proactively providing important health benefits. For instance, resveratrol is thought to increase your LDL (good cholesterol) levels. Resveratrol is also thought to reduce blood clotting, which in turn decreases your risk of heart attacks or strokes. It isn’t just internally that resveratrol provides benefits, your skin receives the antioxidant power of resveratrol as the compound fights free radical damage leading to fewer signs of premature aging.

Merlot grapes are not used merely for the production of Merlot wines. In fact, the early history of Merlot grapes suggest that originally the most frequent use of the Merlot grape was to produce red wine blends. Whether you choose a red wine blend or a lush, rich Merlot, the Merlot grape features exciting aromas and flavors. The bonus health benefits of Merlot grapes make drinking red wine a pleasurable experience for your entire body, however, it is important to remember that the health benefits of resveratrol are positive only when wine is consumed moderately, as excess drinking negates any health benefits received. For information on what foods pair well with Merlot, visit the Resveralife blog.

Vine Vera Reviews Wine as a Skin Care Ingredient

Woman using wine to beautify her skin

Red wine is a deep reddish colored wine that is known to be one of the healthiest drinks in the world. It is famous for offering the body medicinal properties ever since the ancient times. Today, there are a variety of red wine ingredients available in the markets that are made from things like gooseberries, figs, raspberries, raisins, and more. The fantastic qualities and the rich properties that these ingredients lend to the wine make them an exciting addition to look forward to. This article from Vine Vera Skincare helps you find out about some of the best skin benefits that red wine has to offer.

Red wine prevents cancer

Red wine contains guercetin, a component that is famous for preventing lung cancer. It not only works wonders with lung cancer, but also lowers the risk of breast cancer because of its ability to reduce the growth of cancerous cells in the body due to the resveratrol that it contains.

Red wine fights acne and skin blemishes

Red wine contains a number of anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It is also known to be full of natural AHAs, ingredients that work wonders in exfoliating the skin. Thus, red wine can be used to fight excessive production of oil, acne issues and skin blemishes. It also opens up the pores and de-congests your skin.

Red wine repairs the damage caused to the skin

Red wine is known to be full of amino acids, which can boost the skin renewal process. It also contains antioxidants that form a protective barrier on the skin to prevent sun damage. This gives an added layer of protection (apart from sunscreens) to your skin.

Red wine helps to fight aging signs

Red wine is full of a number of antioxidants like resveratrol, tannins and flavanoids that are known to work wonders for the skin. These antioxidants ward off free radical damage and also protect the skin from the damage caused by the UV rays of the sun. This, in turn, prevents fine lines and wrinkles and restores the elastin and collagen fibers in the skin.

Red wine helps you to enjoy glowing and clear looking skin

Red wine contains polyphenols, ingredients that prevent cell oxidation. These ingredients transform dull looking skin and restore its long lost glow. Apply red wine directly to the skin and leave it for about 20 minutes. This works wonders in giving you a glowing look, and removing the dead skin cells from your body. It also boosts sagging skin, plumps up the wrinkles, reduces lines and wrinkles and lightens the skin pigmentation. 

Red wine tones the skin

Red wine acts as an outstanding toner. All you need to do is soak a cotton ball with some red wine and rub it on your face. Wash it off after 20 minutes to enjoy a beautifully toned look.

Red wine can give you rosy cheeks

To enjoy glowing cheeks, apply a few drops of red wine on your cheeks. It gives you that natural blush.