Resveratrol has been in the media a great deal over the past decade - because it is a powerful antioxidant with unique health benefits science is only now discovering. Resveratrol is most densely found within red wine grape skins - and as red wine, is made from grape skin contact - it offers a percentage of Resveratrol within its ingredients and some consumers are taking advantage of Resveratrol in this way.
Plants naturally produce this antioxidant known as 'phytolexin', as an antibiotic to fight bacteria and fungus, found in: wine grapes, raspberries, mulberries, blueberries and peanuts. If you would like to consume natural amounts of Resveratrol, the best way to do so is through drinking red wine or eating raw peanuts.

 

The problem is; you will have to drink around 1000 glasses of red wine per day or eat thousands of peanuts, to get the adequate amount to have any effect. This could be problematic for most people and have unwanted negative effects. Because of the studies completed on mice, Resveratrol has been created into a natural supplement (pill form).

Resveratrol has the ability to clear your arteries by creating good cholesterol and eliminating many of those that clog your arteries. Resveratrol can also create a smoother flowing blood stream; reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Adults require 30-100mg of resveratrol, on a daily basis. Resveratrol supplements can have up to 250mg. Thus it is prescribed to take only the required amount as an overdose can cause dizziness and some circulation disorders. Resveratrol, has been demonstrated to be a potent anti-oxidant (approximately 20-50 times as effectively as vitamin C alone). The incidence of heart disease and cancer among populations who consume a lot of red wine is dramatically less than those that do not. Resveratrol has also been demonstrated to promote the formation of new dendrites (the branches in cells that pass messages from the brain).
There are many pros and cons to deciding which option is best for you and your health - *please consult your healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet.