Resveratrol May Help Improve Cholesterol, Triglycerides
High cholesterol levels are associated with increased risk of heart disease. A recent study suggests that taking a resveratrol supplement may help improve total cholesterol levels in people with high cholesterol.
Participants in the study included 71 people with high cholesterol. The researchers took measurements of the participants’ weight, height, waist circumference, blood pressure, total cholesterol, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Half of the group took 100 mg of resveratrol while the other half took a placebo, over the course of two months.
At the end of the two-month period, the researchers took measurements again and found that the resveratrol group had significant reductions in total cholesterol (from 220 to 201) and triglycerides (from 166.7 to 133.4).
Researchers from the Mexican Institute of Social Security conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on July 12, 2018, in the journal Nutrition.
Resveratrol can be found in lower levels in a variety of foods including red wine, grapes, grape seed extract, and peanuts. A glass of red wine a day can provide a good amount of resveratrol, but excess drinking may counter balance the positive health benefits. Another good way to get resveratrol is through a high-quality supplement.