What is Resveratrol?

Resveratrol (chemical formula: C14H12O3), is an organic compound derived from the skin of several foods including; grapes, blueberries and peanuts, amongst others. It is typically an off-white powder that does not mix well with water. Resveratrol is studied for its potential health benefits, however there has not been significant scientific evidence to conclusively confirm these claims.

What is Resveratrol used for?

Resveratrol is commonly used as a vitamin supplement for individuals looking to reap the claimed benefits of the antioxidant. The powdered resveratrol is available most commonly in capsule form. 

Claimed health benefits of resveratrol include:

  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Improves good cholesterol 
  • Reduces hay fever symptoms
  • Increase weight loss 
  • Improves insulin sensitivity
  • Slows down brain ageing 
  • Improves joint pain
  • Suppresses cancer cells 
The resveratrol occurring in red wine is responsible for the idea that red wine is good for the heart. 

Resveratrol Hazards

The routes of exposure for resveratrol include; inhalation, ingestion and skin and eye contact. 

Inhalation of resveratrol can cause inflammation and irritation of the respiratory system. Persons with existing conditions such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, circulatory or nervous system damage or kidney damage, may incur further damage if inhaled.

Resveratrol is not considered harmful when ingested due to the lack of evidence in human and animal studies. The material may still be damaging to the individual’s health especially where they have pre-existing organ (e.g. kidney or liver) damage and nausea and vomiting are also possible symptoms of ingestion. 

When exposed to skin, resveratrol can produce irritation, inflammation, redness, swelling, blistering and scaling. Resveratrol may also accentuate any pre-existing dermatitis conditions. Entry into the bloodstream through open cuts and wounds may also lead to other harmful effects.  

Animal experiments suggest that eye contact with resveratrol may cause severe ocular lesions that can remain for at least a day after the exposure. 

Resveratrol Safety

If inhaled, remove the patient from the contaminated area to the nearest fresh air source. Lay the patient down and keep them warm and rested. If the patient is not breathing and you are qualified to do so, perform CPR, preferably with a bag-valve mask device. Transport to hospital without delay. 

If swallowed, immediately give the patient a glass of water. First aid is generally not required, but if in doubt, seek medical advice. 

If skin exposure occurs, immediately remove all contaminated clothing and footwear and flush the affected area with plenty of running water and soap. Seek medical attention in the event of irritation.

If the chemical is exposed to the eyes, flush the eyes out immediately with fresh running water for at least 15 minutes, remembering to wash under the eyelids. Removal of contact lenses should only be done by a skilled individual. Transport to hospital without delay. 

Resveratrol Safety Handling

Emergency eyewash fountains should be accessible in the immediate area of the potential exposure to the chemical. There should always be adequate ventilation to remove or dilute any air contaminants (install local exhaust if necessary). 

The PPE recommended when handling resveratrol includes; safety glasses with side shields, chemical goggles, dust respirators, PVC gloves, PVC aprons, protective suits, overalls and safety boots. Skin barrier and cleansing creams are also recommended in the event of skin exposure. 

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