For years we’ve been told that drinking wine, and in particular red wine, was beneficial to your health. A lot of people assumed that it might be the alcohol in the wine that was providing the health benefits. But they couldn’t have been more wrong.
Recent trials and studies in the lab have pretty much shown conclusively that the health benefits we’re getting from that wine are from the antioxidants, the polyphenols, and above all else, the resveratrol.
By the way, in a second I’m going to show you why drinking wine in order to get the benefits of resveratrol is a dangerous way to go about things.
Down at the end of this article, I’ll show you how to get resveratrol into your system without having to do damage to your body by drinking massive amounts of alcohol. I can’t stress how important this is. So please stay tuned for that.
But first, let’s talk about exactly what resveratrol is, and its relationship to wine.
So finally we know what it is in the wine that is responsible for things like the French Paradox and other mysteries relating to how people who eat a less than ideal diet still manage to remain largely free of the kinds of diseases and health problems that afflict so many Americans.
It wasn’t known until recently just how powerful resveratrol actually is. We now know that it’s as much as 50 times more powerful than vitamin C, for example, and has been shown to do everything from protect against cancer to slow down — dare I say reverse — the aging process.
Pretty good stuff. Now, the only problem with resveratrol is the way most people get it — through that wine that we mentioned above. This is because in order to get sufficient quantities of resveratrol to get the maximum benefit, you have to drink many, many bottles of wine every day. While this may sound like fun, the amount that you have to drink would quickly lead to other health problems that even resveratrol couldn’t solve.
The bottom line is that the alcohol in the wine has the potential to largely undo the benefits of the resveratrol. Your body has to work extra hard to remove the toxicity associated with the alcohol you’re drinking. And when that happens, it’s pretty obvious that you’re probably doing more harm than good, even if you are getting a decent amount of resveratrol in the bargain.