Resveratrol: How Grapes Help Fight Aging, Sunburn, and More!

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It’s a great time of year to be get out and enjoy those long summer days. Whether you’re at the beach, out for a run, doing a bit of climbing or cycling, chances are you’re going to catch some sun. We need that Vitamin D we get from soaking up those rays. But UV exposure also increases the risk of skin cancer and speeds up the aging process, so we need to take precautions!

We’re told to slather ourselves up with UV-fighting lotions, filled with chemical compounds that can be absorbed through the skin. What if you learned you can fight sunburn, aging and skin cancer from the inside out, by loading up on delicious plant-based food that fights the effects UV radiation naturally?

The evidence is mounting up that a compound found in the skin of grapes has incredible health benefits. It’s called resveratrol, and it’s very impressive stuff!

Resveratrol has been found to lower blood sugar and fight diabetes, heart disease, inflammation, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. It repairs tissue damage from exercise and energizes the mitochondria of our cells, which helps combat the effects of aging. Because it is such a powerful antioxidant, resveratrol even fights sunburn, from the inside out!

Where is it found?

You can find resveratrol  supplements at the drug store or health food store, but there are also many natural plant based food sources.

  • Grapes are a top notch source of resveratrol. They’re so full of the stuff, you can even reap the benefits by enjoying a glass or two of red wine (especially Pinot Noir).
  • Cacao is another great source. Who doesn’t love chocolate? You can add cacao powder to all sorts of recipes to get your chocolate fix, guilt free, and enjoy the antioxidant properties of resveratrol at the same time. Here’s a recipe from the Power of Food vault for my Chocolate Coconut Love Shake  to help get you started!
  • Blueberries are a tasty natural source, but researchers have found the resveratrol content in blueberries varies widely, from “lots of the stuff” to “undetectable amounts”. But what’s the worst case scenario? You get to eat a bunch of delicious blueberries.

Going out in the sun? Try my Anti Aging Chocolate Mousse recipe. The ingredients are jam-packed with UV-fighting resveratrol.

If you have any feedback, personal stories or recipes of your own, I’d love to hear all about them in the comments below!

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About Adam Hart

Adam Hart is the bestselling author of The Power of Food. When not on stage speaking, Adam can be found helping one of his many corporate clients in awakening an abundance of energy through his highly engaging stress management solutions.Contact Adam to book a demo for an enhanced corporate wellness experience.

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