Resveratrol and Graceful Aging

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When people think of anti-aging, things like wrinkles and external appearances come to mind; however, more importantly, anti-aging also refers to a person’s internal cellular health and age.  The quest to find a remedy that ensures youthfulness and longevity has been in existence from the time of Alexander the Great to Ponce de Leon to present day.  Humanity has in essence always been searching for a proposed “fountain of youth.”  Even though no such tangible thing exists, there are steps one can take to support graceful aging.  Before discussing one such option, I would like to specify what I mean by the term “anti-aging.”  Anti-aging in this context can be defined as the slowing and prevention of age-related illness.

This being said, let’s explore how supplementation with Resveratrol can be effective in anti-aging.  Resveratrol is an antioxidant present in many plants.  More specifically it is a phytoalexin (class of polyphenol) that is produced as part of a plant’s defense mechanism against disease, stress and injury.  Resveratrol is found to be in high levels in red grapes amongst other plants.

Resveratrol has been shown to extend the life span of specific cells.  Studies have demonstrated that Resveratrol has effects that mimic those of caloric restriction.  Caloric restriction is the practice of controlling calorie consumption all the while conserving good nutritional status.  Why would caloric restriction be helpful in anti-aging?  First, it stimulates weight loss and as we know excess weight negatively impacts health. Second, it stimulates autophagy, which is the body’s way of removing damaged components and recycling them into new and useful parts.  How does resveratrol fit in with caloric restriction? Studies show that resveratrol simulates the effects of calorie restriction in that it improves insulin sensitivity and lowers blood sugar levels.  This is very important for those with conditions such as metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

Resveratrol supplementation has anti-inflammatory effects by blocking the over activity of prostaglandins and cytokines. By modulating the activity of such inflammatory compounds, resveratrol may have therapeutic applications for inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.

Furthermore, current evidence proposes that resveratrol enhances mitochondrial function thereby increasing cellular energy production and benefitting overall cellular metabolism and efficiency.

Resveratrol is a powerful anti-oxidant and preserves levels of glutathione, which helps to inhibit the oxidation of low-density lipoproteins commonly referred to as “bad” cholesterol.  This is one of the positive effects that Resveratrol has on cardiovascular health.  Other cardiovascular benefits include  inhibition of platelet aggregation.  This may reduce the risk of blood clots thereby lowering the risk of heart attack and stroke.  Additionally, resveratrol improves circulation by supporting the endothelium (inner lining) of small blood vessels.  This is notable as endothelial dysfunction is thought to perpetuate the progression of atherosclerosis.

As is evident, supplementation with Resveratrol is beneficial not only for those with specific disease conditions as it may slow the course of illness and maximize cellular efficiency, but also it may provide broad-spectrum protection against age-related illness to anyone seeking to increase their over all health and age youthfully.  As always, discuss supplementation with one of our practitioners to ensure that this fits in with your current medical plan as well as providing accurate dosage.

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