Resveratrol may be the answer to the long-sought goal of extending the healthy human life span. Recent findings triggered excitement among scientists who study aging, and hailed the findings as groundbreaking.
Numerous studies have been conducted on the possible health benefits of resveratrol. These studies demonstrated the following:
- Adding resveratrol to the diet of yeast, fruit flies, worms, and a species of fish increased their life spans up to 70%, 29%, 24%, & 50% respectively.
- Resveratrol inhibits blood platelet aggregation that can lead to dangerous clots that can cause heart attacks and strokes
- Mice fed resveratrol in their diets had 100% more endurance than mice not fed resveratrol (i.e. they were able to run twice as far on a treadmill).
- Resveratrol made fat related deaths drop 31% in obese mice. The resveratrol fed obese mice also performed much better in movement and agility tests than obese mice not fed resveratrol.
- Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant that can help prevent cell damage caused by free radicals (free radicals are unstable atoms caused in part by pollution, sunlight, and our bodies natural burning of fat that can lead to cancer, aging, and brain degeneration)
- Resveratrol has been found to be the first molecule to delay the aging process across a vastly diverse array of organisms./li>
Resveratrol and Your Longevity
Four separate longevity studies conducted using Resveratrol demonstrated significant enhancements to life spans. Resveratrol appears to work as a powerful antioxidant helping quench free radical damage in the body and also has a unique mechanism of action that may prove to have significant life extension properties. Resveratrol also appears to protect DNA from free radical damage and can play an important role in protecting cells from malignant transformation.
New Study of Fish Shows Longer Life
New: Recently, a small fish species with a captive lifespan of only three months was given Resveratrol supplements. In the new study, the researchers used this short-lived fish to test the effects of resveratrol on aging-related physiological decay. The researchers added resveratrol to daily fish food and found that this treatment increased longevity by 33-59% and also retarded the onset of aging-related decays in memory and muscular performance.
A recent landmark study from Harvard Medical School, published in the medical journal Nature, found that ultra-high doses of red wine extract with resveratrol allowed obese mice to eat a high fat diet and still live a long and healthy life¹. Researchers discovered that the liver and other systems in obese mice remained healthy and fat-related deaths dropped 31 percent for those taking a resveratrol supplement.
Resveratrol is produced by plants in response to injury or fungal infection. It also protects plants from UV radiation and other harmful substances. Resveratrol is believed to provide similar protective benefits for humans. Its antioxidant activity, or ability to neutralize free radicals (unstable molecules that attack healthy cells and damage membranes and DNA), may account for its heart protecting effects. Resveratrol also appears to promote healthy blood composition and circulation, and may also have anti-inflammatory properties.
There have been numerous studies that show the benefits of moderate red wine consumption on health. Red wine is fermented with the antioxidant-potent grape skins present; some studies suggest that the intake of red wine (and therefore resveratrol) may yield cholesterol-lowering effects. Resveratrol has also been shown to reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and thus lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Resveratrol and Age Related Diseases
Resveratrol is also gaining growing recognition for its promise in fighting age-related diseases ranging from dementia to diabetes. Recent studies suggest that resveratrol may have therapeutic potential for cardiovascular disease, cancer, inflammatory arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and other neurodegenerative conditions. Clinical trials studying resveratrol’s effects on cancer and diabetes are also under way.
Resveratrol in the News!
Resveratrol has recently been in the news because several new studies have shown that resveratrol supplementation has the same beneficial effects on longevity as a restricted-calorie diet. The results of these studies were that typical life spans increased by 40% (Wall Street Journal, October 30, 2006, New York Times, October 31, 2006, and CNN.com November 1, 2006.)
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