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February is just around the corner and, of course, Valentine's Day, which is very much related to heart health. In recent years, there has been a lot of publicity concerning the heart health effects of resveratrol, a compound found mainly in grapes and red wine, as well as in raspberries, plums, grape tomatoes, acai berries, pomegranates, cocoa and peanuts. I thought it would be interesting to look at the available evidence that resveratrol is heart-healthy.

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Volume 8, Issue 10

Ramila Padiachy

Doctorate of Natural Medicine (DNM)®

Ramilas Healing Arts Clinic

1437 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa ON (map)



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How Can Resveratrol Improve Our Health?

What is resveratrol? It is a polyphenol, which is a type of antioxidant, found in grape skins (but not in grape seeds), and particularly in red grape skins (as well as other foods listed above in the introduction).


Can resveratrol benefit your cardiovascular health?

There has been interest in resveratrol's role in heart health ever since a meta-analysis found a significant risk reduction associated with drinking 1-2 glasses of wine daily.


Researchers believe that chronic inflammation may be at the root of heart disease. Inflammation can cause blood clotting; the clots can then block the blood flow to your heart leading to heart disease and possibly a heart attack. Resveratrol is believed to reduce inflammation, leading to increased heart health. Resveratrol may also help to lower LDL ("bad" cholesterol). Note that it might interact with blood thinners like Coumadin, as well as medications like aspirin and ibuprofen, and increase the chance of bleeding.


It is believed that resveratrol enables the walls of blood vessels to relax; this tends to be impaired in people with chronic heart disease, and resveratrol may reverse or reduce this impairment.


Since type 2 diabetes is closely related to cardiovascular health, it's worth mentioning that resveratrol appears to help reduce insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes.


Thus it appears that resveratrol is effective at protecting the heart and blood flow, and may be an insulin sensitizer.


There is interest in the effect of resveratrol on exercise, and, of course, fitness is related to heart health. A comprehensive review of the literature concluded it is clear resveratrol has positive effects on muscle function and antioxidant activity, as well as carbohydrate metabolism and bone metabolism. Therefore, it is definitely correlated with exercise; it will be interesting to follow further research on this topic.


Resveratrol appears to increase the activity of mitochondria, which produce energy within cells; this could potentially extend the cells' lives. This may explain resveratrol's popularity as an anti-aging compound. It also appears to stimulate cellular proteins known as sirtuins; this is believed to promote longer cell life.

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Research shows these ingredients may support:

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  • Memory and motor skills
  • Diabetes
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  • Normal blood pressure
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  • Fatigue
  • Skin problems
  • Urinary tract concerns
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What's the relevance of resveratrol to Valentine's Day?

We all know that chocolate is an important feature of Valentine's Day.


You've probably also heard that chocolate contains beneficial flavonols. However, you might not know that resveratrol is one of them, and that chocolate (cocoa) contains significant levels of resveratrol (although not quite as much as red wine).


So, chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, is a tasty alternative (or addition) to red wine as a source of resveratrol. Enjoy!


There are some Nature's Sunshine supplements that are relevant to this newsletter. You can find information about these products and purchase them in our online store:

  • Zambroza
  • Arginine Plus with Mixed Berry

For additional information, email or call Ramilas Healing Arts Clinic at 613.829.0427 for an appointment. Please continue letting friends and family know about this newsletter. Visit our website where you can see back issues of this newsletter, information about services and our clinic, and order products.



Disclaimer: The suggestions and recommendations in this newsletter are not intended to be prescriptive or diagnostic. The information is accurate and up to date to our knowledge, but we are not responsible for any errors in our sources of information.

“Ramila’s promise that I would be well has proven true. With all my heart, I thank her and Megs for their dedication to their healing arts and to their clients, and for their knowledge and loving service."

- Jennifer B.

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