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Resveratrol, an antiaging powerhouse
Resveratrol has remarkable anti-aging and antioxidant properties. It is an
ingredient in red wine.
by Al Sears MD
Resveratrol is most abundant in the skins of red grapes used to make red
wine. It slows the buildup of platelets in blood vessels, making them less
sticky. This improves blood flow. Resveratrol can slow the growth of cancer,
stimulate your immune system, lower inflammation and act as a powerful
Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston show that resveratrol
blocks prostate cancer at every stage. It helps more than a dozen different
anticancer mechanisms in your body. What’s more, resveratrol targets cancer
cells selectively. It’s toxic to cancer cells but doesn’t harm healthy
cells. It also modulates hormones; stops cancer cells from multiplying and
can actually destroy cancer cells.
Resveratrol may add years to your life, too. Studies using both mice and
yeast show that resveratrol turns on a gene that stimulates a protein called
SIRT. The greater the activity of SIRT, the greater the life span of yeast
and mice. It turns out that humans can also activate the SIRT protein with
The newest round of studies from the Institute of Genetics, Molecular and
Cellular Biology in France found that resveratrol helped mice run twice as
far during exercise. It helped muscles produce more energy, reduced their
heart rate and gave them endurance the researchers compared to trained
What’s more, resveratrol protected mice from gaining weight and developing
the symptoms of diabetes and obesity. The benefits included an improved
sensitivity to insulin, which is the key to maintaining ideal weight and
A study of men and women from Finland showed that resveratrol is likely to
work the same way in humans. “Resveratrol makes you look like a trained
athlete without the training,” said Johan Auwerx, one of the lead
You can easily start getting more resveratrol from your diet. Aside from red
wine, blueberries, cranberries, bilberries and red grapes are good sources
You can also take a supplement. I recommend a dose ranging from 20 to 50mg
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