The following article was written by Heinen’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Todd Pesek, MD.
What do blueberries, dark chocolate and red wine have in common? Each contain a secret anti-inflammatory ingredient with the potential to slow the effects of aging, prevent plaque buildup in arteries and promote healthy blood flow.
This natural plant chemical, called resveratrol, is thought to be one of the factors behind the mystery of the “French paradox.” Even though they eat a diet high in saturated fat from foods like meat, cheese and butter, French people have a relatively low incidence of cardiovascular disease. This may be due in part to their regular consumption of resveratrol in the form red wine.
Resveratrol works its magic by activating sirtuins, a class of proteins with anti-inflammatory properties that are responsible for regulating cellular health, controlling metabolism and normalizing insulin function.
What makes this antioxidant even more unique is its ability to cross the blood brain barrier, which means it can support the brain and nervous system, and possibly protect against cognitive decline.
The good news is you don’t have to be a wine drinker to benefit from resveratrol because it’s also found in these Fx-approved foods:
- Red and purple grapes (concentrated in the skin)
- Dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao)
- Raw cacao powder
Those in need of extra cardiovascular support may benefit from a resveratrol supplement. Resveratrol comes in two forms: “cis” and “trans.” Opt for the “trans” form because it’s more biologically active.
Such a supplement can be found in Heinen’s Wellness Department—just look for the Heinen’s brand of resveratrol! You may want to take this supplement in the morning, as it appears to be more bioavailable compared to the afternoon and evening hours.
Supplementing with omega-3 DHA and a whole food multivitamin with B-12 is a good place to begin when working toward a goal of healthful inflammatory balance and cardiovascular wellbeing. Next, add CoQ10 and bioavailable curcumin to further enhance heart health. If healthy blood flow, longevity and brain health are concerns, consider adding a resveratrol supplement to your regimen.
Please check with your healthcare provider before beginning any new supplements.
For personalized guidance on your cardiovascular health, discover the VitalHealth Optimization Package, now available at the Personalized Nutrition Center at Heinen’s Mayfield Village.