Have you ever heard of the French Paradox? The paradoxical observation that French people have low incidence of heart disease compared with people from other countries, despite having a diet relatively high in saturated fats, cigarettes and coffee. After decades of research and examination of the French diet, many have come to the conclusion that red wine (well, a key nutrient found in it) is behind this paradox, helping to ward off the potentially harmful effects of a high fat diet and smoking.
So what is this magic key component, we hear you ask? It is a powerful antioxidant called Resveratrol, which is found in the skin of red grapes, as well as peanuts and blueberries in lesser quantities. Antioxidants are exactly what they sound like… Substances that inhibits oxidation causing cell damage in the body. This cell damage is thought to be the cause of ‘ageing’ and diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Therefore, more antioxidants = less cell damage = reduced ageing and risk of disease.
So, the big question is should we all be sippin’ on red wine each night to stay young, youthful and illness-free? Unfortunately the answer isn’t quite a yes. While there is evidence of health benefits from the antioxidant, resveratrol, found in red wine, we cannot know for certain if these benefits outweigh the potentially harmful impact of alcohol on the body.
Fortunately there are other ways to enjoy the antioxidant benefits of resveratrol, for example natural dietary supplements such as Reserve by Jeunesse. This daily supplement is made with resveratrol as the key ingredient in addition to green tea extract, aloe vera, blueberry, acai, grapeseed extract and more. This natural antioxidant blend has a delicious cherry flavour and comes in an easy take-anywhere pouch, perfect for an on-the-go energising and anti-ageing boost!
Reserve by Jeunesse was a super popular feature in the July Delight Box, enjoyed by many as a daily pick-me-up. To learn more about this antioxidant-packed sachet, follow this link here xo