|Resveratrol extended the lifespan of yeast cells by a staggering 70%. This led researchers to ask if these same life-extending effects could be applied to humans. Can resveratrol be the next fountain of youth? Here’s why you may want to add resveratrol to your anti-aging arsenal.|
Resveratrol may protect you like it protects plants from fungus and disease*
Resveratrol is a polyphenol found in red wine and grape skin as well as certain berries and stalks of the Japanese knotweed plant. Plants produce resveratrol as a “defense mechanism” in response to stress, injury, fungal infection or ultraviolet radiation. The exact way it exerts its beneficial effects on humans is not clearly understood, but here’s what we know about how it affects aging.
Resveratrol may work like calorie restriction in extending lifespan*
One proven way to extend lifespan in a variety of mammals is to restrict calorie consumption. Resveratrol seems to mimic the same gene expression effects of calorie restriction.
Resveratrol extended the lifespan of yeast cells an astounding 70% primarily due to its action on the SIR2 gene. Subsequent studies on worms, fruit flies and fish came up with the same result: resveratrol extended lifespan (see chart).
In a study on human cells, resveratrol activated a similar gene, SIRT1, and enhanced the survival rate of cells stressed by irradiation. For humans, it’s estimated that you would need to reduce calorie consumption down to 1,600 per day from the average of 2,400 a day to achieve lifespan increases. The thought is that resveratrol could impart the same benefit without starving yourself.*
The “French Paradox” may be partially explained by the resveratrol in red wine
Red wine consumption may explain why the French, who consume a diet rich in saturated fat, have a 42% lower incidence of heart disease than Americans. Resveratrol is transferred from grape skin to red wine during the fermentaion process. Very little resveratrol exists in white wine since it’s fermented without grape skins.
The level of resveratrol in red wine varies widely due to various factors such as geography and type of grape. For example, Pinot Noir from California contains about 5 mg per bottle of wine while Cabernet Sauvignon, also from California, contains about 1 mg per bottle (see comparison chart).
The benefits of resveratrol without the alcohol or
calories of red wine
Lindberg Natural Resveratrol contains the same type of natural trans-resveratrol found in red wine without any of the negatives—alcohol, calories or preservatives. And since the resveratrol content of wine varies from 1-5 mg per bottle of wine, our supplement form assures you get a standardized level of 100 mg of natural resveratrol in every capsule to maximize its potential benefits.
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