Resveratrol contains natural polyphenols found in the skin of red grapes and is typically added to creams for its perceived anti-ageing effects. It has the chemical formula C14H12O3 and a molecular weight of 228.24 g/mol.
Resveratrol Benefits and Uses
Resveratrol is a bioactive phenolic compound found in red wine and berries. As a dietary supplement and powerful antioxidant, Resveratrol is anecdotally associated with a variety of health benefits. These include enhancing brain function, circulation, and strengthening the immune system.
Anecdotally, the compound’s beneficial effects – like supporting healthy glowing skin – act similarly to other polyphenols such as Quercetin and Catechin.
Resveratrol supplements are also known by a few different names, including:
- Polygonum cuspidatum
- Reynoutria japonica
- (E)- 5-(4-hydroxystyryl)benzene-1,3-diol
- Japanese Knotweed
- Fallopia japonica
Resveratrol supplements are generally safe when taken in low doses. Dosage of up to 500mg/day have been safely administered. Resveratrol supplements may cause mild side effects such as nausea and diarrhea. High doses may be dangerous when administered with medications, therefore should be avoided.
Currently, there isn’t enough information regarding the safety of Resveratrol for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or if it can be used by children.