We've been hearing this buzz word more and more lately. But does it actually live up to all the hype? Read on to find out!
What is it?
Resveratrol is a naturally occurring antioxidant used in plants to protect them from the harmful effects of their environment. It is sometimes referred to as a "dual-antioxidant" because it not only reduces free radical damage but also boosts cellular defenses.
What is it used for?
It's anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-androgenic (male hormone blocking) properties make it an all star for treating acne. And it's ability to reduce free radicals protect your collagen and elastin, making it useful in anti-aging products
Where is it found?
Resveratrol can be found naturally in several foods but peanuts, blueberries, and cocoa contain high amounts. It's reported the highest amount can be found in the skin of grapes
Does this mean drinking wine can fix my skin?
I hate to be the bearer of bad news here guys but an average glass of wine contains maybe 2mg of resveratrol whereas most supplements contain up to 900 mg - you'd have to drink a lot of wine to receive real benefits! While that may sound like an awesome idea, the best way to internally incorporate resveratrol is to add a medley of nutrient rich foods into your diet
The body tends to metabolize the compound quickly so to really reap the benefits of this powerful antioxidant, it's best to use it topically. Try a serum or moisturizer containing resveratrol and you just might see a difference!