What Foods Have the Most Resveratrol in Them?

by Jeremy Lucas

In order to protect themselves from bacteria and other outside attacks many plants produce a substance called resveratrol. There are also some initial indications that this compound can be very beneficial to humans as well. Studies on this substance began when scientists looked into why red wine drinkers were less prone to develop heart disease. Even though resveratrol is very powerful, it really is not found in many plants.

What other plants have a high resveratrol content?

If you are looking for the food with the highest concentration of resveratrol, check out the purple and red varieties of grapes. Other dark berries, such as cranberries and mulberries, also contain high levels. One that you might not expect to have high levels are peanuts. It makes sense, however, because peanuts need the protection that resveratrol offers.

If a grape is grown in cool or rainy climates, or if it is organically grown, then it is likely that it has a higher resveratrol content than if it was grown in nice weather. This is because it is produced by plants to protect themselves from the outside world, and if it is grown in nice weather and has pesticides to protect it, then it will not need to do as much to protect itself. North Carolina is known as having grapes with the highest content of resveratrol.

Do not make the mistake of destroying the resveratrol content by heating up the fruit. Applying heat can drastically reduce the amount found in the raw food. Also, to get the most bang for your buck do not remove the skin of the food, as this is where most of the resveratrol is found. The best way to eat your grapes, berries, or peanuts is to eat them with their skins on and raw.

Since there are few quality sources of resveratrol, it may be a good idea to get additional amounts with a supplement. Many of the supplements on the market today are derived from Japanese Knotweed. However, you should still try to get as much as possible from an all natural source. This means you should also have one glass of red win per day.

Red wine is known to contain more resveratrol than grape juice, but if you are not comfortable having one glass of alcohol each day, it is also an option. If using grape juice, fresh and organic is the only way to go. Avoid all the juices that are packed with refined sugar, as these will do more harm than good.

Keep your fruit basket filled with strawberries, blueberries, and of course grapes. All of these are rich in antioxidants and contain a relatively good concentration of resveratrol. Also, these fruits only contain natural sugar that is healthy for our bodies. Fake sugar found in so many of consumer goods nowadays contain high fructose corn syrup that is infused with so many chemicals to make it sweet. This contributes greatly to the problem of obesity in young people and older people alike. - 21609

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