Resveratrol: Longevity in a Pill?

Resveratrol The myths of the health benefits of wine have long been advertised. And because we all enjoy indulging in a nice glass of wine after a long day at work, we all want to believe in these benefits. But is there really truth in these statements, or are they simply myths?

A recent study by the University of Florida showed that resveratrol, which is found in red wine, grapes, and other fruits, may in fact decrease the negative effects of aging. So what is resveratrol? Resveratrol is a polyphenol compound that, according to University of Florida exercise psychologist Heather Hausenblas, has “anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.” Further research on resveratrol’s effects on human health is critical in order to determine its long-term effects; however, the journal Cell recently uncovered a signaling pathway (cAMP) that is largely influenced by resveratrol. cAMP influences many biological pathways, such as: energy regulation, glucose and insulin production, as well as turning on longevity genes such as sirtuin 1.

Resveratrol’s effects were first explored as a result of the low levels of cardiovascular disease in French people despite the fact that their diets are rich in saturated fats and oils. Many believed the French were advantaged because of the high amounts of red wine they drink, and thus the high amounts of resveratrol they consume (the study is referred to as the French Paradox). Although the way in which resveratrol works is not yet fully understood, it is thought to suppress free radicals—one of the main causes of cell damage and disease. In clinical trials performed at the University of Florida, resveratrol has demonstrated its ability to prevent the growth of some cancers in mice, inhibit enzymes that cause inflammation, shrink tumors, and increase blood flow.

Another study at the University of Texas Health Center in San Antonio discovered resveratrol’s anti-obesity, anti-insulin resistance, and anti-aging properties. As said by Feng Liu, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and member of the Barshop Institute of Longevity and Aging Studies at the Health Science Center, “Resveratrol stimulates the expression of adiponectin, a hormone…[that] has a wide range of beneficial effects on obesity-related medical complications.”

The best resveratrol, and thus my recommended product, is Life Extension CR Mimetic Longevity Formula. Much more research is yet to be completed on the potential benefits of resveratrol, but as Dr. Liu expressed, “Results from these studies should be of interest to those who are obese, diabetic, and growing older.”

Now, to read more about why alcohol could be sabotaging your weight-loss efforts, read my article on Why I Think Alcohol is Liquid Fat.  Your best bet is to include an occasional glass of wine, trying to supplement daily with a product like LE’s CR Mimetic.