Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Several studies have revealed that resveratrol reduces the risk of heart disease in animal models. The reasons for resveratrol’s cardioprotective effects are numerous.
Resveratrol lowers ‘bad’ (LDL) cholesterol. LDL cholesterol can build up in the lining of coronary arteries (also known as atherosclerosis), restricting or blocking blood flow and causing heart attacks.
Resveratrol is anti-inflammory. Inflammation is a contributing factor to fatty deposits building up in the lining of arteries, thereby fully or partially blocking blood flow. (click here to read more about inflammation).
Resveratrol prevents blood clots from forming. Blood clots can partially or fully block coronary arteries (the arteries that supply the heart with blood), thereby causing heart attacks. Resveratrol also reduces atrial fibrillation – a condition where the top chambers of the heart flutter following a heart attack. Atrial fibrillation sometimes results in blood clots which can cause heart attacks.
Neutralizes Free Radicals
As a powerful antioxidant, resveratrol neutralizes free radicals. Free radicals are molecules (caused by the body’s natural metabolic processes and environmental toxins) that can damage cells – including heart and artery cells.