Resveratrol: Reversing the hands of time
Perhaps best known as the antioxidant behind the highly publicized “French Paradox” of the 1990s, Resveratrol’s history can actually be traced to its use as a laxative in ancient Chinese medicine.
But research into this super antioxidant exploded after it was identified as the ingredient in red wine responsible for France’s low incidence of heart disease despite a national diet high in saturated fat.
And while research has documented Resveratrol’s remarkable benefits for heart health – reducing LDL cholesterol, cutting plaque buildup and preventing hardening of the arteries – the antioxidant does much more than that and may hold the key to a longer life.
More candles on the cake
Research so far suggests Resveratrol might actually increase lifespan by activating the body’s longevity genes called Sirtuins, known to slow decay at the cellular level as well as aid in cellular regeneration.
While human studies are ongoing, animal studies have found Resveratrol can help significantly extend life. The lifespan of one species of fish in a 2006 study, for instance, increased 56%. Not only did Resveratrol increase lifespan, it also apparently helped waylay the effects of old age, with the fish showing increased swimming activity and no loss of mental acuity.
Here’s to your health
Other benefits of Resveratrol include:
- Neurological health – Studies suggest Resveratrol may have great potential in combatting neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
- Anticancer agent – Resveratrol is being actively investigated for its cancer prevention properties with some studies indicating it can actually help kill certain types of cancer cells.
- Anti-inflammatory – Research indicates Resveratrol inhibits both acute and chronic inflammation with great potential for the treatment of arthritis.
- Antiviral effects – Resveratrol has been shown to inhibit herpes simplex viruses, respiratory viruses and certain influenza viruses. And it has been shown to enhance the benefits of certain anti-HIV drugs.
In addition to grapes, Resveratrol is also found in the skins of other dark fruits like blueberries, cranberries and strawberries as well as in cocoa powder, baking chocolate, dark chocolate, and peanuts. Its highest concentrations are found in Japanese knotwood, the source for most Resveratrol supplements.
For a number of reasons, however, diet alone isn’t an adequate or practical source of therapeutic levels of Resveratrol. Japanese knotweed is difficult to prepare and rarely eaten, and most other foods contain only low levels. While red wine contains Resveratrol in more significant levels, RQP provides a higher dose without the harmful effects of alcohol and with the added benefits of Proprietary Blend of CoQ10 and Pine Bark Extract.