2020 is the year of being locked down and liquored up. But before you go and grab yourself a Chardonnay, red wine might have more health benefits in store for you. Not just because it contains protective advantages against heart disease, but it is filled with a wonder anti-ageing molecule- resveratrol. Rejoice for red wine, but please, in moderation.
As far as molecules go, resveratrol is a multitasker and has been linked to protection against cancers, vascular dementia, cardiac disease and ageing. It is a polyphenolic stilbenoid, which is naturally found in peanuts, cocoa powder and is a component of red wine.
A natural phenol and phytoalexin, in nature, resveratrol functions as a part of a plant’s defence system. The molecule is an antimicrobial substance produced by plants to respond to stress, infection or strong UV radiation. More recently, the chemical has become a subject of interest due to its powerful antioxidant and anti-ageing properties for the skin.
As far as being considered as an antioxidant, resveratrol is your fairy godmother for youthful skin. Its protective powers range from the prevention of new free radical formation, which causes skin ageing and cellular damage, to its greater potency and efficiency than vitamins E and C. So, the humble grapes in your glass could be considered to have a superfood status after all? The small dosage of resveratrol found in red wine promotes youthful, glowing skin.
The only downside to reaping the rewards of the powerful grape antioxidant is drowning in Merlot or gobbling too much Lindt Chocolate. If appropriate self-control measures are not put in place, the bad is sure to outweigh the good!
No conclusive studies indicate that the magic molecule has greater effects by being taken internally or externally. But as a topical ingredient found in few youth elixir skin products, it is still purported to fulfil two functions. Resveratrol increases production of a host of own natural antioxidants in the skin as well as acting as an antioxidant. The chemical works harmoniously and gains more potency when paired with a vitamin C and E serum.
There’s no harm in adding a resveratrol-filled skincare product to your regime as well as nibbling on some Green & Black chocolate with a glass of red. To negate any naughtiness you are well informed that it’s all for a good cause.