Resveratrol and Your Heart Health

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Resveratrol could offer real hope in the face of ever-growing statistics of Coronary Heart Disease, and other cardiovascular illness. But how many people are aware of just how good resveratrol is for your Heart? This exciting compound found in red wine has recently got a lot of attention for its anti aging and weight loss properties, and has generated a lot of excitement among people wishing to look and feel younger and slimmer. However, perhaps the most powerful effects of resveratrol are the benefits it has for your heart.

Evidence is continuing to emerge that suggests that this substance can help prevent and reduce the risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Tests at the University of Wisconsin indicate that resveratrol appears to make your heart younger, allowing it to function more efficiently, as it did in your youth, and protecting it against age-related heart failure.

Part of the reason that resveratrol has this effect is that it activates an anti aging gene, which keeps many of the bodies organs, including the heart, younger. Consuming resveratrol can produce the same effect as a calorie restriction diet, inhibiting the gene expression which is associated with heart failure in older people.

Studies have also shown that triglyceride, a chemical which can cause heart disease, was reduced by up to 15% in women by using a concentrated grape powder containing resveratrol.

Resveratrol can protect the heart by preventing the formation of blood clots, which are major causes of heart attack and stroke. This has been demonstrated in experiments in which it was shown that it improves blood flow in the brain by up to 30%, and in a separate study it prevented the formation of blood platelets improving blood flow even when subjects were administered a blood clotting agent.

Perhaps one of the most astonishing effects of resveratrol is that it stimulates the formation and growth of new blood vessels from existing blood vessels as well as spontaneous blood vessel formation. This process acts like a natural heart bypass procedure!

Resveratrol taken over a long period of time can also improve heart health because, as studies have shown, resveratrol has been proven to naturally cleanse and scrub the arteries. When the arteries are clear, the heart pumps blood easier and more effectively thus reducing the risk of heart attack.

According to medical doctors, resveratrol stimulates the production of nitric oxide, which signals the muscles surrounding the blood vessels to relax, increasing blood flow, to the heart, brain and other organs. Resveratrol also inhibits the bodies secretion of a certain peptide, which can potentially damage the heart by indirectly causing the heart muscles to stiffen and causing blood vessels to constrict, driving blood pressure up.

Sadly, most people do not worry about heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases until they actually have them. Generally, in these cases, it is too late. Now you know how beneficial resveratrol can be your heart, you owe it to yourself and to your heart to start taking it. And, as it is widely available today as a supplement, you have no excuses not to improve your health and the quality of your life.