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How Much Resveratrol is in Red Wine?

Wow, that seems like such an easy question - that should have a straight-forward and easy answer... but if you have been reading about Resveratrol you know that nothing is simple in the wacky world of Resveratrol!

There are many factors that determine how much Resveratrol is found in wine, these include:

  • What Type of Grape is Used
  • What Region is the Grape Grown In
  • The Ripeness of the Grape when Picked
  • How Long the Wine was Fermented For
  • Were Pesticides Used on the Grapes
  • How Long was the Wine Aged
  • The Process by Which the Wine was Bottled

Can You Provide a Range of How Much Resveratrol is in Wine?

Sure! Here is what we know about resveratrol content in wines...

  • Red Wine Has A Much Higher Concentration of Resveratrol than White Wine
  • A Glass of Red Wine (5.3 ounces) has between 477 micrograms and 1.5 milligrams of Resveratrol
  • A Milligram is equal to 1,000 Micrograms
  • Muscadine Grapes can have 40 times more Resveratrol than Red Grapes
  • Over the last 30 years, the amount of Resveratrol in Red Wine has been Decreasing
So, on average a glass of Red Wine will provide about 1mg (milligram) of Resveratrol. In comparison, a quality supplement like the Perfect ResGrape Resveratrol provides 200mg per serving. We love wine as much as the next person, but taking a serving of Perfect ResGrape does seem easier than drinking 200 glasses of red wine each day!

Why is the Concentration of Resveratrol in Red Wine Decreasing So Dramatically?

One word - pesticides! I think it is safe to say that many people understand some of the dangers of pesticides. Pesticides can be toxic and get into the food we eat. The problem is, even if the pesticides themselves do not end up in the grapes we eat and the wines we drink - they still have a major negative impact.

Fruits develop their antioxidants and polyphenols to protect themselves from attack. Resveratrol is one of the antioxidants that grapes produce to protect itself from attack. The old saying holds very true with fruit - whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Thirty years ago, grapes had to produce a high amount of resveratrol to survive. Now, with the widespread use of pesticides, the need for grapes to produce resveratrol has changed drastically.

Pesticides make life easy on fruits. By killing off attackers, pesticides do the work that is normally reserved for the antioxidants in the fruit. What do you think happens over time if a fruit is under less stress due to the work of pesticides? You got it - the fruit produces less antioxidants!

Twenty years ago a bottle of Red Wine from France would have 30mg of Resveratrol. Today, that same bottle may only have 3mg of Resveratrol. Wide spread use of pesticides has changed the nutrients in grapes. The problem is not just that pesticides can be toxic, it is that the pesticides are actually decreasing the nutrients found in fruits!

How do I get the Maximum Amount of Resveratrol in the Wine I Drink?

If you really want to get the most resveratrol from your wine, you would want to drink Muscadine Grape Wine that is made from muscadines that have not been treated with pesticides. While this will will maximize the resveratrol you get from your wine, it is still close to impossible to get the recommended 200mg a day of Resveratrol that many experts recommend just by drinking wine.

Our recommendation, enjoy a few glasses of your favorite pesticide free red wine each day and take a few capsules of the Perfect ResGrape Resveratrol.

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