- What is resveratrol?
Resveratrol is a polyphenol flavonoid, a protective antioxidant compound found in a number of plants such as grapes, berries, and pine. It is thought that the compound protects plants from environmental stress.
- What does it do?
Resveratrol is a breakthrough nutrient that positively supports circulation, immunity, antioxidant defense, inflammation response, and cellular/DNA health.
- What is resveratrol popularly known for?
Resveratrol’s activity in the body and benefits are believed to be similar to that of Caloric Restriction (CR), a dietary regimen rich in nutrition, but very low in calories. David Sinclair at Harvard Medical School has been a major investigator of the relationship between caloric restriction and the SIRT1, a gene which changes the body’s biochemistry to preserve life. Resveratrol has been reported to mimic CR’s ability to activate the SIRT1 gene in some, but not all species. There is controversy in this promising area of healthy aging study and more research is necessary. Never the less, resveratrol is seen as a promising healthy aging nutrient worthy of further study.*
- After healthy aging, what are its best-known benefits?
It is believed to support healthy inflammation response by inhibiting NF-kappa-B, a nuclear transcription factor that regulates the expression of genes involved in inflammation. Research also suggests that it may inhibit prostaglandin E-2 and the COX-2 enzyme, compounds in our cell membranes that have been known to generate inflammatory response. It also supports antioxidant defense and cardiovascular health.