res·​ver·​a·​trol | \ rez-ˈvir-ə-ˌtrȯl How to pronounce resveratrol (audio) , -ˌträl, -ˌtrōl How to pronounce resveratrol (audio) \

Definition of resveratrol

: a trihydroxy stilbene derivative C14H12O3 that is found in some plants, fruits, seeds, and grape-derived products (such as red wine) and has been linked to a reduced risk of coronary heart disease and cancer

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Recent Examples on the Web The red wine used in the study contained more antioxidants than the white, including 10 times the amount of polyphenols and six times as much resveratrol, but the two wines proved equal in cardiac benefits. Lauren Steele, Outside Online, 3 Sep. 2014 This suggests that the resveratrol is not the cure-all it was once heralded as, but that alcohol—and exercise—is. Lauren Steele, Outside Online, 3 Sep. 2014 Think ferulic acid, vitamin A, resveratrol, and technically niacinamide. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 14 Feb. 2022 White wine contains some resveratrol but less of it than red wine does. Lettie Teague, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 There is research to suggest that resveratrol is linked to a decreased risk of inflammation and blood clotting, which can reduce your risk of heart disease. Serena Coady, Glamour, 3 Sep. 2021 There are still a lot of questions about resveratrol that remain to be answered. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Some Wexler points to include resveratrol, MMP inhibitors, vitamins E and C, and ferulic acid. Rachel Burchfield, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 July 2021 The resveratrol in grapes helps to improve your immune system, according to research. Serena Coady, Glamour, 11 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of resveratrol

1939, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for resveratrol

probably from resinous + veratr- (from New Latin Veratrum grandiflorum, hellebore in which the substance was found) + -ol entry 1

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res·​ver·​a·​trol | \ rez-ˈvir-ə-ˌtrȯl How to pronounce resveratrol (audio) , -ˌträl How to pronounce resveratrol (audio) , -ˌtrōl How to pronounce resveratrol (audio) \

Medical Definition of resveratrol

: a compound C14H12O3 that is a trihydroxy trans form of stilbene found in some plants, fruits (as the mulberry), and seeds (as the peanut) and especially in the skin of grapes and certain grape-derived products (as red wine) and that has been linked to a reduced risk of coronary artery disease and cancer


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