Resveratrol, the “T-Cells” of Plants, in Red Wine
> Sub Group: Flavonoids
a phytoalexins produced by plants in response to
injury or pathogens (bacteria, fungi) attacks.
- Phytoalexins are protective substances produced by the plants in response to injury or attacks by pathogens.
- T-cells are immunity defense cells found in our body; roughly the equivalent of
phytoalexins in plants.
has xeno factor properties.
Side Note: Xeno factors are chemicals released by plants
for survival in harsh conditions, triggering survival genes to help fight
infections and other conditions that may surface under these harsh conditions.
Fat or Water
besides being an antioxidant, required
Where Is Resveratrol Found Naturally?
Found in plants.
of Red Grapes
of Japanese Knotweed
- Red wine
- Green tea
- Grape juice
- Dark chocolate
- Eucalyptus tree
- Some berries
grown plants appear to have higher levels of Resveratrol.
taken orally has low bioavailability (presence in the body) due to that it is
quickly metabolized and eliminated by the body.
in wine, drank with consumption of food, appears to have higher bioavailability
– hence, appear to be able to be utilized by the body more. (Here is a reason to drink wine ... not that any wine drinkers will need a reason)
Health Benefits of Resveratrol
Examples of the
health benefits of Resveratrol:
risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
risks of cardiovascular diseases
proliferation of cancer cells
that patients who has estrogen-sensitive cancers (breast/uterus/ovarian
cancers) should avoid Resveratrol
increase effects of blood thinners or anticoagulants
0 Increase risks of bleeding
interfere with anti-platelet drugs
Types of Antioxidants
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