Resveratrol Provides Non Drinkers with the Benefits Of Red Wine

ResveratrolWhen I was younger I visited France with my parents. I remember my mother being horrified when I was given a glass of red wine with my dinner, although it was topped off with at least 75% water.

I thought I was all grown up, but the other French children at the table didn’t bat an eyelid because to them it was normal. At every meal (apart from breakfast) a bottle of local red wine was on the table, plus an amazing selection of delicious foods.

The French way of cooking, especially in the north, comprises heavy sauces, red meat, cheese, cream and often fatty cold meats along with crusty whole grain breads, usually followed with a heart-cloggingly rich dessert. We won’t even mention the fabulous pastries, such as the hot buttery croissants served for breakfast! (Oops! I guess I just did…they are too good to leave out!)

Our hosts were not fat and neither were they alcoholics. That’s just the way the majority of French people lived back then.

Nearly 20 years ago this became known as the “French Paradox” The question was, how could the French and many of their fellow Europeans consume so much rich, fatty food without having all the side effects, like obesity, diabetes and heart problems? How could the Italian women shovel down pounds of pasta every week and still stay looking fabulous?

Someone had an Aha moment and starting looking at the grapes in red wine. They found a highly beneficial compound concentrated in the skins, called resveratrol.


As with most studies, all the initial tests were done on mice (it was incredibly tough to find little tiny wine glasses…) Once this beneficial compound was identified, tests began all over the world, and the results were very encouraging. In their experiments scientists reported that resveratrol showed positive results as an anti-cancer agent, acted as an anti-inflammatory and could lower blood-sugar levels plus it had other beneficial cardiovascular results too.

In one experiment half the mice were fed a high fat diet plus resveratrol and the other half were fed standard chow. Insulin and blood glucose levels in the mice that were on the high fat diet plus resveratrol were closer to those mice on the standard diet.

I’m certainly not going to compare the French with a bunch of mice BUT it would appear that the consumption of a resveratrol as a supplement was the reason why these mice had healthier hearts and fewer incidences of obesity, diabetes and other cancers.

Enough with the Mice!!!

I know, you’re probably asking what will resveratrol do for me?

Some of the major findings were:

• Resveratrol could help to strengthen your bones
• It could lower the risk of coronary heart disease
• It could inhibit the growth of cancer cells

Notice we say “could” because we still don’t have the results of extensive resveratrol testing on humans.

But I don’t drink Alcohol!
There are many reasons why people avoid alcohol, and we won’t go into them here. The advantages of taking resveratrol as a supplement is that one dose contains many times the concentration of resveratrol found in one glass of wine. And that’s a red wine with a high concentration of resveratrol, because all wines are not created equally.

What’s the best Wine to Drink?
If you do like the occasional glass of wine and wish to receive the many benefits of resveratrol, a California Pinot Noir has been shown to have the greatest concentration; Cabernet Sauvignon the least.

White wines contain no resveratrol at all, because the skins are not used in the process, just the grape pulp. This may be a clue when you look at German wine consumption. Nearly 90% of the wines grown and produced in Germany are white. Is that why Germans tend to be larger people? It’s a fact that Germany has the highest number of overweight people in Europe.

What Dr. Oz Says
Dr. Oz stated that “(Resveratrol) turns on a system in your body that prevents your cells from aging”. He also goes on to say that if you don’t drink red you can get some benefit from drinking Concord, or other dark grape juices.

He did not endorse the benefits of resveratrol as a scientifically-proven supplement. He couldn’t, because extensive studies on humans had not been conducted at that time. But it’s a fact that millions of moderate red wine drinkers obviously benefit from something – and more than likely it’s resveratrol.

It’s not just Dr Oz who’s talked about the benefits of red wine; many doctors agree it is beneficial for the heart, in moderation.

Antioxidants, such as flavinoids or resveratrol, have shown to have heart-healthy benefits. Antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols can also help to protect the lining of blood vessels in the heart. Resveratrol may also reduce “bad” cholesterol and prevent blood clots which may also suggest that it could protect against obesity and diabetes. If you’re healthy, maintain your optimum weight, have a strong heart and low cholesterol, you’re bound to live longer!

After studying the so-called French Paradox, even the FDA stated that moderate consumption of red wine could beneficial. They rarely come out with a statement about anything unless it’s undergone extensive clinical trials on humans.

France Revisited
Three decades later I visited the same regions of France I’d been to in my early teenage years and I was shocked to see how things had changed. There were fast food outlets in places where family grocers and butchers used to be. Supermarkets abound, full of “convenience” foods with their inherent preservatives, processed ingredients and colorings.

McDonalds was seen as a cultural invasion for many years, but now with over 1100 of them in France, it has been accepted by the majority of the population. The menu is pretty much the same as in the US and the good news is you can get a glass of red wine with your McDo Baguette sandwich.

The children of French families who had been farmers for generations now work in offices in the cities. This new French generation is becoming much like Americans, leading sedentary lifestyles and spending hours in front of computers and televisions.

Long, leisurely family meals are becoming a thing of the past. Produce is brought in from who-knows-where and much is processed. It’s more chic for young people to drink a soda with dinner than a healthy glass of local red wine. The result of this? Obesity in France is increasing at an alarming rate, along with heart disease and diabetes.

The French still eat 30% more fat than Americans but suffer 40% fewer heart attacks
Except in truly rural areas, where produce is grown locally, small farms provide organic meats and free-range eggs and there is still a local butcher, greengrocer and baker and of course, somewhere where you can buy the local red wine – often from the grower’s own cellar. Residents still walk to these little shops, or hop on a bicycle to purchase whatever is in season.

These are the people who still look healthy and happy – and some of them appear to be very old. They still take the time to stop at a roadside café to enjoy a glass of wine and conversation. Ask any of these folks and they will agree that a glass of wine keeps them healthy, but of course that’s only part of the big picture.

Even if you can’t change your work week down from 50 hours to 35 like the French and enjoy a relaxed hour for lunch in a cozy bistro, you should take the time to eat healthy unprocessed foods and enjoy a glass of red wine with your meal in the evening.

In a glass, red wine can enhance conversation, help you relax and it will aid with digestion. Or if you don’t like the idea of drinking alcohol, enjoy a glass of Concord grape juice and take resveratrol as a supplement every day. Your heart will thank you.

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Comments

  1. Willard Cruz says:

    Thank you for the information on wine, especially the white wine. I drink white wine and I did not know it’s fatal effects.

  2. Fred Burns says:

    I am a non-drinker and the article inspires me to start drinking red wine for better health. Will like to find out about the other drinks that also contains Resveratrol. Anyways, great article.

  3. This article gives me more reason to love wine now. Resveratrol is definitely an alternate healthy stuff in wine that gives more benefits for alcoholics and this is an awesome way to sway from beer and other alcohols to safer alcohol drink!

  4. Resveratrol is very promising, I just wish they had a few more studies and cases to bring some proof to their claim. If they had that I can bet you that it will be a big seller.

  5. Red wine is definitely one of my favourite, very insightful post on the goodness of wine in addition to what we all know about red wine

  6. This is quite interesting to say the least. I wonder what type of person is thinking they want the benefits from alcohol, but do not want to drink it? Assuming they know there are benefits.

  7. I don’t drink at all, so the only way for me to get any resveratrol in my system is through a supplement. It’s interesting to study the diets of other countries and see how much healthier they’re compared to us in the United States. I think for Asians it probably has to do with them eating lots of fish and vegetables, and the French are famous for the wine drinking. It’s tough to find a fat person in France, at least that was my experience visiting Paris. I saw fellow Americans and Brits who were fat there, but I could hardly remember a fat french. Is it all wine? I’m sure it’s not, but I’m also sure resveratrol in the wine has to do something with it.

  8. pretty simple: take in fewer calories than you expend in exercise. However, as any dieter will tell you, it’s far from easy. Americans spend billions of dollars a year on weight loss supplements, exercise programs and other diet aids—and still we can’t seem to win the battle of the bulge—even when we get desperate enough to try risky surgery or fad diets
    resveratrol is also found in grape skins, blueberries, cranberries and other plants, and recent animal and in vitro studies indicate that it can have a positive effect on helping to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, supporting insulin health and optimizing metabolic and immune pathways that protect cells and improve mitochondrial function

  9. After my health scare last year I’ve changed my diet and I’ve also been exercising 6 days a week, 2 hours a day. I take anything natural that’s good for my body and I’ve heard some lovely things about resveratrol. I don’t drink, so I can’t get enough of it from wine, but then again you can’t get enough of it from wine unless you’re a drunkard. Thanks for laying out all the benefits of resveratrol, I’ll be sure to grab a resveratrol supplement today.

  10. Ben Steller says:

    I do have to respect much of the french for these respected eating habits that keep them more healthy compared to other people that fill their bodies with garbage.

  11. I’ve been looking for an alternative to wine after hearing about all the benefits (I don’t drink). Thanks for the article, it’s definitely a big help!

  12. I probably drink about a pack of beer every week, so maybe I should change that to wine instead. Another way I guess is to take the resveratol supplement or maybe I could do both. Whatever the case the health benefits of moderate wine drinking has been talked about for many years now. I don’t think there’s any doubt to the validity of that, but the French drink wine their whole lives and most of us would start drinking well into our adulthood. Could we get the kinds of health benefits the French do?

  13. Mary Talbat says:

    I say the hardest thing to worry about wine is that you need to make sure you control yourself to not have too much or you will just get drunk all over again.

  14. Mary Lindsay says:

    I am addicted to wine and I am going to go try the California Pinot Noir! Hope it taste great!!

  15. Red wine is awesome and this is great news for me. I had no idea that white wine does not share the same benefits. Just as well :)

  16. This is great news. I love red wine and now I know it is good for me to drink more. Wonderful.

  17. Interesting about those findings. I had no idea that there was a correlation between obesity and white wine. Interesting about the benefits of red wine and will drink a lot more of it as I love it as well!

  18. Resveratrol eh? I’m all for increasing alcohol consumption, especially if it affects my health in a positive manner!! Great article, thanks :)

  19. This is how alcoholism starts. It can start with someone being exposed to alcoholic beverages early on in life. Next thing you know, you are binge drinking with your teenage friends at parties. Then before you know it, you have dependency on alcohol and you can’t seem to function without it.

  20. I would love to one day visit a vineyard under the Tuscan Sun. Until then, perhaps I should take a more affordable trek to a California vineyard – one of those tours where you can see and even participate in the wine making process. I don’t like red wine, but of course, I am basing my opinion on a limited experience.

  21. Awesome advice. I am not a big fan of wine because it gives me headaches. I will start trying resveratrol because if it gives you the same benefits as red wine (which I know is good for health) I’ll try it :-). Anything is ok in moderation, right?

  22. Resveratrol has so many more benefits than people realize, and you get a lot more of it when you take the supplement as a vitamin rather than wine. Thanks for the post!

  23. It’s a good thing that I came across this article because I had completely forgotten about resveratrol. I saw it on some documentary about all the beneficial things it provides for our body. The thing that really caught my attention at the time was the fact that resveratrol inhibits the growth of cancer cells. It almost sounded too good to be true, but it’s scientifically backed. The French are much healthier than us Americans, maybe we should all take a closer look to their diet and especially resveratrol.

  24. Katie Morrison says:

    That’s awesome! My grandparents don’t touch ANY alcohol – at all – ever. Not even wine. So this is great for people like them.

  25. Steve Frederick says:

    Oh no. This is terrible, why would someone NOT want to drink wine? :) I understand there are religious and health reasons!

    • Yeah, lol. We have always heard the benefits of drinking a glass of wine each day. It is completely harmless if you moderate and who doesn’t want to benefit their body?

  26. Bernadette says:

    So if you have a bone degeneration disease will this stuff help you to strengthen your bones still? I have a friend fighting this and I want to give her some hope but I don’t want it to be false hope so if you could let me know for sure that this will do that I will pass this on and get her started right away. Thank you so much for posting this information.

  27. I understand not drinking because I’m allergic to alcohol but if I watered it down like the children in Italy and had it with food it might not bother me. I take a lot of pills already everyday and I really don’t want to add any more to my regime. Thank you for this post, it could also be a different type of alcohol in wine. I’ll give this a try that is for sure.

  28. Since I quit drinking an alternative was never quite anything I had tried and I finally gave up. I will give this a try and post again soon.

  29. I think it is great that you are trying to help out the people that don’t drink but I was wondering if you could actually get to much resveratrol? You might have mentioned that in your article but I must have missed it. If that is a possibility could you please post what could happen with to much in your system. Thank you for the great work you have done here.

  30. I don’t drink any alcoholic beverage at all, but I have heard of the great benefits of resveratrol and I’ve always lamented that I was missing out on something great. I forgot all about it but it’s a good thing I came across this article, because I had no idea concord grape juice could provide a daily supplement of resveratrol. I understand that I need to take resveratrol supplement as well, but it’s a lot better than trying to down a glass of wine in my case.

  31. When I first read this article I thought to myself what is the big deal, learn to drink a little wine rather than take another pill. But then I got to thinking about the kids in Italy that drink watered down wine with their dinner. Would the watered down stuff work as good as the straight stuff does? I think I could handle it if it was watered down.

  32. You can also find pure resveratrol at GHI. i will say that it does go better with the wine though, lol. Thanks for the great article! Keep it up!

  33. Not sure if it’s totally true or not, but I go to a holistic doctor a lot, and he says that the bone health benefits of resveratrol are probably the best role that they play in your health.

  34. This is exactly why I take resveratrol. If I was a drinker, I don’t think I’d need it, but since I let drinking go some time ago, I decided to take this up. Great article!

  35. My first taste of alcohol was when I was 8 years old and my father, then a regular drinker, gave me a taste of his beer. By the time I was in the 6th grade, I was skipping school and raiding my friend’s parents liquor cabinet as we binged on spirits like college students. Today, I am a one-drink alcoholic. I don’t drink all the time, but once I have one drink, I binge.

  36. Resveratrol has so many benefits that it is dubbed as the elixir of life but there have not been many studies that prove its claims. There have been some significant researches but it still lacks proof but judging from the data collected, resveratrol is a promising element which can somehow do miracles.

  37. This article and thinking about how the French eat and stay skinny lead me to think about the Chinese and Japanese that eat rice all the time (100% CARB)and they still remain little and petite as well. So that leads me to think that I need to eat rice with a glass of red wine and see if I can lose some fat. Thank you for posting this, I am joking by the way.




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