In some ways, I’m like a lot of doctors – I’m always preaching to my patients about the importance of eating well.
But I secretly wonder how many of them leave my office and make a bee-line for the McDonald’s drive-through.
Believe me, I get it… sort of.
We’re surrounded by fast food and processed “convenience” foods that promise to fill our bellies in just a couple minutes.
But I don’t have to tell you about the toll that these foods are taking on your heart.
Fortunately, there’s an amazing compound that acts like a suit of armor for your heart, shielding it from damage.
And it’s especially important if you’re not eating as well as you should.
I’ve talked to you about the “French Paradox” before. Basically, the French have lower rates of heart disease – even though they eat a lot of sweets and smoke like chimneys.
Scientists think it’s the resveratrol found in red wine that is protecting those French hearts.
Resveratrol is a compound that acts like an antioxidant in our bodies, protecting us from inflammation and oxidative stress.
And, believe me, your body suffers from PLENTY of inflammation and oxidative stress when you eat junk food.
Research over several decades has shown resveratrol helps slash your risk of heart disease.
But the benefits of resveratrol don’t stop there. It’s also great for:
- Stopping aging: When you stop free radicals and oxidative damage, cellular aging slows down.
- Preventing cancer: Damage to DNA is one of the key triggers in cancer. Antioxidants, like resveratrol, help you protect your cells.
- Boosting your brain: Resveratrol crosses the blood-brain barrier and protects the brain like no other antioxidant.
- Stabilizing blood sugar: Resveratrol helps with blood sugar and insulin control. This feature of resveratrol explains why it can help with weight loss, too.
You can find resveratrol in the skin of red grapes, red wine, raw coca, berries (blueberries, bilberries, and other berries).
The processing and fermentation of wine leads to higher availability of resveratrol, but that’s still not the best way to get it.
If you want to make sure you get enough resveratrol to keep your body in tip-top shape, then supplementing is your best bet.