Increasing Resveratrol in your Diet
Resveratrol is one of nature’s strongest antioxidants- credited with anti-ageing properties, protecting the body from free radicals, reducing inflammation, and the prevention of serious health issues including cancer, macular degeneration and Alzheimer’s disease. But how do we get more of this antioxidant into our diets? What are the best sources of resveratrol?
Dietary sources of resveratrol
The following is a list of most common dietary sources of resveratrol;
- Skin of red grapes – the most commonly known source of our super antioxidant.
- Grape juice
- Peanuts and peanut butter
- Dark chocolate – contains resveratrol and other antioxidants
- Blueberries – shown to contain slightly less resveratrol than grapes, but many other antioxidants.
- Bilberries, cranberries
- Itadori tea – long used in Japan and China, this traditional herbal tea is used as a remedy for heart disease and strokes;
- And, our favourite;
- Red wine – The Wine Doctors natural process of making our red wine increases the resveratrol content; The Wine Doctors resveratrol-enhanced wine contains more than regular wines; making it a super source of our super antioxidant. In fact, the increased health benefits from one bottle of the Wine Doctor is equal to 20 bottles of normal red wine of 100 bottles of white wine.
It is interesting to note that while studies have shown peanuts and grapes to contain low levels of resveratrol, the opposite is true for both red wine and Itadori tea. It can thus be reasoned that these liquid forms are better options for an increased consumption of resveratrol. This can be correlated with the way in which resveratrol is absorbed in the body.
Resveratrol absorption in the body
A key factor in increasing resveratrol consumption for its health benefits is the way in which it is absorbed into the body. Resveratrol has a very low bio-availability; this means that, when absorbed through the intestine, it is metabolised so quickly that very little resveratrol remains long enough for the body to reap its benefits.
In contrast, when resveratrol is absorbed through the lining of the mouth (e.g. when ingested in wine), it is much more effectively absorbed into the body.
The connection between red wine and an increased absorption of resveratrol is clear, and it can therefore be said that wine is one of the best sources of resveratrol.
The Wine Doctor range of resveratrol-enhanced wines make them the ideal source of resveratrol for your diet. Why not increase your resveratrol intake through a glass of our wine today?