Resveratrol Anti aging could it be true? I hope so as I just turned 50 and they years have gone so fast – it only seems like last week that I was celebrating my 40th Birthday and a couple of years past I was celebrating my 21st. Yes, I know it sounds like a cliché but it’s true not only for me but for many of us. Apart from my hair I still look, feel and act as I just turned 40 and no, I am not deluding myself. The new stats tell us that we are aging better and we are going to live longer. Well I for one plan to age as best as I can, I am going to be independent, active and having a ball of fun with my loved ones. So, aging well has become an important issue for me.
Ever since we heard about it and started to research Resveratrol I wanted to try. The promise is so exciting – anything non invasive that can make me look better, feel better and even drop a few Kilograms or pounds has got to be alright in my books.
You know there was something about turning 50 and having grey hair I wasn’t ready for it. It took me completely by surprise. Suddenly 50 is not that far away… and although that does not mean much intellectually – it sure as hell did emotionally. Those numbers are very potent things – and they foretell of things to come – things that I associate with people MUCH older than me – and if the rate at which the years before have passed is any indication – then I will be dealing with them before I know it. I cant believe it! How did that happen? WHEN did that happen???
Anyway that is the main reason why I am so keen to try Resveratrol – I want to live all my ages as well and as happily as I can. It seemed to me that my mother and her generation were always old – they thought old, dressed old and acted old. I on the other hand want to age as gracefully and as slowly as I can. I want my body to keep pace with my mind.
So what is Resveratrol
Resveratrol is a polyphenol with important anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Resveratrol is produced when plants are under attack from bacteria or fungi. It is naturally occurring and found in the skins of red grapes, peanuts and some of other berries – and is present in red wine.
Resveratrol has mild has anti-coagulating effects, which lessens the stress on the heart. It is also high in antioxidants which clean up the free radicals floating around in our blood from years of stress and living in polluted cities and eating food grown with pesticides etc. The majority of health researchers now concur free radicals are the cause of most of our modern degenerative diseases. So, the combination of observations listed above has lead man scientists, doctors and wine lovers to believe/declare that drinking moderate amounts of red wine may help fight cancer and increase overall health. So the benefits of red wine i.e. the side effects of Resveratrol are just great!
What is interesting is that researchers are now correlating the presence of Resveratrol with the so called ‘French paradox’ i.e. how could the French consume a diet so much higher in fats than in most other countries, have such an unexpectedly low incidence of heart disease? Many researchers concluded the lower levels of heart disease among the French are due to regular consumption of red wine. This is a huge plus – not only does the anti-coagulating help me look younger but it may help reduce the risk of hearth disease – umm sounds.
A recent study from the University of Alberta found that high doses of Resveratrol improved physical performance, heart function and muscle strength in lab models. An very interesting quote from the team lead Professor Dyck said:
“I think Resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable. Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do,”
Now it is time to test the theory and see whether Resveratrol is the anti aging miracle I am hoping so. I decided to take NuRev from Nutronix over the next few weeks to see whether Resveratrol does live to the hype. Whilst, I do like my red wine I only have it occasionally and I do not want to replace one problem with another ie my liver with alcohol. I figured that by taking this supplement I should be able to feel some difference after a 3 or 4 weeks.
So I will keep you posted and let you know my findings.
To your health