Resveratrol, the “T-Cells” of Plants, in Red Wine

Red Wine

Nutrient Family:     

  • Phytonutrient/Phytochemical

                >   Sub Group:      Flavonoids


Resveratrol is a phytoalexins produced by plants in response to injury or pathogens (bacteria, fungi) attacks.

Side Note

  • 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.

Resveratrol also 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.

Resveratrol's Workings

Fat or Water Soluble  Antioxidant: 

  • Fat Soluble


Other functions besides being an antioxidant, required for:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antibacterial

Where Is Resveratrol Found Naturally?

Found in plants.

Examples of food sources:

  • Skin of Red Grapes
  • Roots of Japanese Knotweed
  • Red wine
  • Green tea
  • Grape juice
  • Dark chocolate
  • Apples
  • Spruce
  • Eucalyptus tree
  • Grapes
  • Peanuts
  • Some berries


Studies have shown that:

  • organically grown plants appear to have higher levels of Resveratrol.
  • Resveratrol taken orally has low bioavailability (presence in the body) due to that it is quickly metabolized and eliminated by the body.
  • Resveratrol 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:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Reduce risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • Reduce risks of cardiovascular diseases
  • Inhibit proliferation of cancer cells
  • Anti-aging
  • Supports longevity

Possible Interactions

  • Recommended that patients who has estrogen-sensitive cancers (breast/uterus/ovarian cancers) should avoid Resveratrol
  • May increase effects of blood thinners or anticoagulants

               0 Increase risks of bleeding

  • May interfere with anti-platelet drugs

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