Resveratrol Extends Life: The French Paradox
Saturday 16 Feb 2013 09:11 AM | Aging, Calorie Restriction, French Paradox, Genes, Grape Skins, Grapes, Life Extension, Life Extension Foundation, Pterostilbene, Red Wine, Resveratrol
Resveratrol has been associated with a catchphrase known as The French Paradox which refers to the paradoxical fact that French people have a relatively low incidence of heart disease, despite consuming diets relatively high in saturated fats.
For years scientists have been aware of the health benefits of red wine. Since the French consume red wine regularly, researchers looking into this paradox eventually discovered that resveratrol, which is a compound found in the skins of red grapes, favorably alters genes that control our aging process.
Resveratrol Mimics Calorie Restriction
The most reliable method of creating life extension in animal experiments is calorie restriction. Now scientists have discovered that resveratrol influences the same genes that are influenced in the calorie restriction life extension experiments with animals.
In 2003, the Life Extension Foundation introduced the first product containing a standardized resveratrol extract. Since then a another compound similar to resveratrol called pterostilbene has been identified. It seems that resveratrol and pterostilbene work synergistically to activate the longevity genes that slow certain aspects of aging. Click here to view the Life Extension Foundation's product Resveratrol with Pterostilbene.
How Resveratrol May Extent Life
At the 2010 Resveratrol Conference held in Denmark, researchers reported 12 different mechanisms of action by which resveratrol acts to combat killer diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and actually delay the aging process.
Several years ago I added resveratrol with pterostilbene to my daily nutritional supplement program. You may want to consider adding it to your program too.
Here are links to a couple of other review articles that go into more detail about the benefits of resveratrol.