Dec 8th 2017
The French Paradox refers to the observation that French people, who love to eat butter and cheese, have a low rate of heart disease. Nutritionists believe this is due, in part, to the Resveratrol in red wine. Resveratrol was found to be a potent antioxidant that protects the brain and cardiovascular system.
Our cells are constantly being damaged by free radicals. Over the years this damage can accumulate resulting in inflammation and cardiovascular, neurodegenerative and immune decline. Dr. Denham Harman was the brilliant scientist who first proposed the "Free Radical Theory of Aging" decades ago. Today we know that many other factors also contribute to the decline seen in the aging process.
Resveratrol is a cell protector. It acts in several ways to keep our cells youthful and healthy. First, it is a direct antioxidant neutralizing toxic oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS/RNS) before they cause damage. It also indirectly upregulates cellular defense genes. Scientists have also found that Resveratrol enhances protective anti-aging enzymes like Superoxide Dismutase, Catalase, and Glutathione Peroxidase.