Throughout time, people have been searching for ways to regain or retain their youth whether it be the mythical fountain of youth, magic elixirs, plastic surgery or the modern day botox.
Now there is a supplement that is making headlines because it appears to slow down aging and even increase the lifespan of human cells. While you may not look younger, it would seem that you could certainly feel younger.
Resveratrol, which is an antioxidant found in grape skins, berries, cocoa and peanuts, is being called the modern-day “fountain of youth” for obvious reasons.
Any truth in the French, red wine and resveratrol connection?
We first started to hear about resveratrol a few years ago when people asked why the French appeared to be so healthy, with good cardiovascular health, despite a love for red wine. Many used that as a wonderful excuse to drink plenty of red wine themselves. Resveratrol is found in abundance in red wine and being very soluble in alcohol, the body can absorb more resveratrol from red wine than from other sources. Unfortunately, the alcohol can quickly undo any of the good from the resveratrol.
Many natural health sites have been quick to promote and support resveratrol. This powerful antioxidant is different from regular antioxidants because it can cross the blood-brain barrier, helping to protect your all important brain and nervous system. Studies have shown that resveratrol has a marked impact on increasing blood flow to your brain. This is exciting news for the growing epidemic of Alzheimer's disease which is thought to result from insulin resistance specifically in the brain and, as resveratrol is known to cross the blood-brain barrier, the compound may prevent faulty insulin signalling that promotes the degenerative condition.
Apart from protecting the brain from the development of Alzheimer's disease, research has shown these health benefits of resveratrol
- Impeding telomere shortening and extending natural cell life and activity.
- Improving glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity, two mechanisms known to speed the aging process.
- Protecting the cells from free radical damage.
- Helping prevent the rampant spread of cancer cells at any stage, especially prostate cancer.
- Keeping the blood circulation going smoothly and preventing arterial damage.
- Preventing neurological disorders such as strokes and more.
- Preventing falls in the elderly or those suffering from Parkinson's disease with weak muscles so as to help with mobility and balance.
- Lowering blood pressure.
- Keeping the heart healthy while improving elasticity in the blood vessels.
- Normalizing any anti-inflammatory response.
- Lowering glucose and insulin levels without diet changes or taking drugs.
Higher doses of resveratrol can even protect against the effects of radiation
Resveratrol is available in supplement form but look for those supplements made from muscadine grapes
, using whole grape skins and seeds, to give you the optimum benefits.
It would appear that the pharmaceutical industry considers that the makers of this supplement are on to a good thing because one company in particular – GlaxoSmithKline - is busy investigating a drug version of resveratrol. If this comes into being, watch for the supplement itself to conveniently disappear.
We are all going to age
This is a natural process that highlights the free radical damage that we all suffer from and that accumulates in our cells with each passing year. Everything we do produces free radicals so that our cells are constantly under attack. But resveratrol is a particularly powerful antioxidant – and antioxidants help to protect your cells from free radical damage and aging. While a diet rich in fresh, organic vegetables and fruits is one of the best ways to enhance your body’s free radical protection, it could well be that taking a supplement of resveratrol could give you extra leverage by helping repair free radical damage and supporting cell functions in the heart and the brain.
What to take?
Nutrition experts recommend supplementing with a pure extract such as Advanced Resveratrol Formula with a dosage of 200 to 500 mg per day for optimal protection against Alzheimer's disease and many other chronic conditions.