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Resveratrol May Support Normal Blood Flow in Overweight Adults
A new Australian study found that resveratrol may help maintain health circulatory function in obese adults.
This builds on the growing body of research demonstrating the cardiovascular benefits of resveratrol, a plant-based compound found in the skin of red grapes, berries and peanuts.
For the study, a group of 28 obese, but otherwise healthy adults received 75 mg of resveratrol per day for six weeks. The researchers reported that the supplement was well tolerated and supported healthy circulatory function in study participants.
Scientists first became interested in exploring the health benefits of resveratrol in 1992 when its presence was first reported in red wine. This discovery led to speculation that it might help explain the "French Paradox" (the observation that the French suffer a relatively low incidence of health issues, despite having a diet relatively rich in saturated fats).
Since then, scientists have conducted numerous studies to understand how resveratrol’s antioxidant properties may help protect the body from oxidative damage and support overall health.
While resveratrol is best known for promoting cardiovascular health, another recent report by a team of Harvard scientists identified how it may also promote healthy aging and energy metabolism.
Red wines, red grapes and boiled peanuts are among the highest sources of resveratrol. Concentrated resveratrol extracts are also found in supplement form.