“Seed Producing” plants make resveratrol, a phyto estrogen, when they are under attack by disease or fungus. It’s like an antibiotic for plants. But not all plants make it.
Grapes (and the red wine made from them), Japanese Knotweed and Peanuts seem to be the most common, usable resveratrol products. Are they the best resveratrol products though?
From an absorption point of view, red wine is the best resveratrol product. Resveratrol is best absorbed in the mouth, known as buccal absorption, and the method of swishing red wine in your mouth before swallowing is nature’s perfect gift. If you’re looking for wines with the highest resveratrol content, you’re going to have to do some research.
The absolute highest are the wines whose vintners left the skins in the fermentation process longer than 10 days – but that’s not easy information to find. The second best indicator is a wine grown in the mountains or in the north where fungus is more likely and thus more resveratrol was produced. But, you’re really better off if you just stick with the red wine you enjoy drinking.
Then comes peanuts. Peanuts happen to be high in resveratrol. And did you know that people who consumed nuts regularly, had lower body mass indexes? So, don’t worry about the fat content.
Finally, there really are only supplements left. Pills, powders and drinks. Resveratrol is absorbed best in the mouth, so toss out pills immediately. Since they’re only 20% absorbable as it is, they’re even less effective for resveratrol. Powders and drinks are somewhat the same since you mix powders with water. But there are a lot of drinks out there too.
If you find a drink you like, make sure it doesn’t have too much sugar. 100% grape juice would be ideal. And ideally, you’ll want to find one that’s individually packaged. Once you open the jar, the oxygen will neutralize the resveratrol antioxidants and glasses 3, 4 and 4 will be worthless. That goes with powders, too. Find one where the powders are individually packaged – and you’ll find gold.
Author: Dan Morris – Antioxidant Researcher
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