(NaturalNews) You’ve probably heard about resveratrol, a miracle antioxidant found in grape skins and some other foods and linked to a lower risk of heart disease and to lessened effects of aging. Unlike other antioxidants such as anthocyanins, which give blueberries their color and are an integral part of the fruit, plants produce resveratrol only in response to fungal or bacterial attack. That’s right — resveratrol is a natural antibiotic and fungicide. This means that the more natural fungi and bacteria a plant is exposed to, the more resveratrol it will produce. If a grape plant is repeatedly sprayed with synthetic fungicides — and grapes are among the most chemically treated crops cultivated today — the resveratrol content in the fruit will be lower.
That’s why eating conventional grapes sprayed with fungicides — or drinking non-organic wine — doesn’t provide much resveratrol at all! So all those people hyping red wine as “medicine” may be totally wrong if the wine is made from grapes sprayed with fungicides.
This alone may be incentive enough to buy only organic grapes and wines, because resveratrol may also help maintain healthy programmed cell death, thus staving off cancer. Resveratrol actually alters gene expression in your body, allowing your cells to better resist cancer, heart disease and many other degenerative health conditions.
Studies have also shown that resveratrol can also make chemotherapy more effective against tumors, weaken viruses including influenza and HIV, counter the effects of a high-fat diet and increase physical endurance. Perhaps most miraculously, resveratrol supplements appear to extend the lifespan of yeast, worms and even fish.
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