What is Resveratrol? Resveratrol is a substance that can be found in grape skins, blueberries, pomegranates and several other plants, and has found to benefit health in a variety of ways. There is a lot of hype around resveratrol and for good reason. Resveratrol is a naturally occurring polyphenol antioxidant that is categorized as a phytoalexin, an antimicrobial compound that is produced by plants to protect them from rough environments like excessive infections and climate changes. Scientists have found evidence showing resveratrol helps prevent heart disease, normalize cholesterol levels, helps to keep weight under control, and may prevent diabetes and even help treat diseases such as dementia.
Nutrition experts recommend supplementing with a pure extract (20 to 500 mg per day) for optimal protection against Alzheimer’s disease and a myriad of chronic conditions. Resveratrol is found in Pure Vegan’s gluten-free and vegan Antioxidant Formula. Pure Vegan’s Antioxidant Formula is a healthy and pure blend of vegetables and fruits that are packed with antioxidants that help to neutralize and eliminate free radicals. Free radicals are chemically active atoms or molecular fragments that have a charge due to an excess or deficient number of electrons. Free radicals are highly unstable since they have one or more unpaired electrons and act as scavengers in your body, grabbing or destroying electrons. This can lead to damaging of cells, DNA, proteins and even vision loss.
Resveratrol has been linked to protection against obesity and diabetes, a reduced risk for blood clotting and a way to lower LDL cholesterol. Scientists from the Harvard Medical School have published the result of their work in the journal, Cell Biology that demonstrates how resveratrol provides metabolic benefits as a result of directly influencing the expression of genes that affect longevity.
As the risk of many chronic conditions increase with aging, resveratrol exhibits unique characteristics as it has been shown to extend natural cell life and activity. Resveratrol has also been shown to improve glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity, two mechanisms known to speed the aging process.
Research has suggested that Alzheimer’s disease may result from insulin resistance specifically in the brain, and as resveratrol is known to cross the blood-brain barrier, the compound may prevent faulty insulin signaling that promotes the degenerative condition. According to the National Institute of Aging, more than 5.3 million people in the U.S. are suffering from Alzheimer’s, and every 70 seconds, another person develops this disease. In Washington, DC, more than 9,000 people aged 65 and older are currently living with Alzheimer’s.
by Melissa Sanborn of Nutritional Brands, PureVegan