What is resveratrol?

Resveratrol is a nutrient found in "seed producing plants". Specifically it is found in the skin of grapes, peanuts, blueberries, cranberries and a plant called Japanese Knotweed to name a few.

Resveratrol is an antioxidant which has been proven in a lab to help extend the life of rats, and increase the endurance of mice. It has been widely studied since 60 Minutes did a story called The French Paradox. Since the people of France seem to live longer and have less heart disease and cancer, some postulate that their "luck" is because they drink red wine regularly.

Researchers set out to determine what in red wine caused this reaction. They've boiled that answer down to resveratrol, OPC's, and other antioxidants in the grape. Depending on which scientist you ask, resveratrol is only the answer part of the time.

The resveratrol you find in nutritional supplements comes mainly from Japanese Knotweed. It does so because J.K. is easy to grow in any environment. Nevertheless, most people get their resveratrol from wine - not supplements.

Red wine is the perfect vehicle for resveratrol because it is best absorbed in the mouth. And wine is one of the only drinks that you sip, hold the liquid in your mouth for a second and then swallow. On top of that, resveratrol and the other OPC's are antioxidants and need to be shielded from oxygen until consumption. Few drinks cork and seal their bottles other than wine.