In past articles, I’ve mentioned that resveratrol is one of the few supplements – besides a daily multivitamin – I recommend for everyone. It’s best known for promoting youthful characteristics. But resveratrol promotes health in many ways.
There’s so much research being done on resveratrol, it’s hard to keep track. Today, I’ll fill you in on a few of the latest studies on this amazing supplement. It’s many benefits just seem to get better and better.
Protection From Second-Hand Smoke
In 2008, a team from NY Medical College offered hopeful news to anyone exposed to cigarette smoke.
You see, cigarette smoke interferes with production of nitric oxide (NO). NO is important because it relaxes blood vessels. This relaxation lets your heart pump more blood around your body, while keeping your blood pressure down.
So smoking – and second-hand smoke – can interfere with normal blood pressure.
But resveratrol helped keep NO production up in this animal studie.1 This means resveratrol may offer protection from one of smoking’s many threats.
Today, we’re one step closer to proving it. That’s because a new study from the University of Rochester Medical School obtained similar results with human cells.2
Of course, if you smoke, you should quit. And you should avoid exposure to second-hand smoke. But I think this evidence is strong enough for exposed to second-hand smoke to take resveratrol.
Another common health problem involves high blood sugar. And resveratrol may have you covered there, too.
Protecting the “Longevity Gene”
Though it has many functions, SiRT1 is often called “the Longevity Gene.” That’s because it’s been linked to metabolic control and extended cell life.
High blood sugar can lower your SiRT1 levels through a process called “downregulation.” Needless to say, that’s not a good thing. But two new studies show resveratrol can help.
In an animal study, resveratrol improved SiRT1 expression in spite of high blood sugar levels. This led to better heart function in the test subjects.3
Of course, you want to know how resveratrol works on people. Our second study helps answer that question.
Using 54 human subjects, researchers found that high blood sugar and related problems interfered with SiRT1. But when they gave the subjects resveratrol, there was no interference.4
In other words, resveratrol literally put “the Longevity Gene” back in business.
But resveratrol doesn’t just protect SiRT1. Here’s a perfect example…
Promoting a Leaner You
With so many health benefits, it’s almost hard to imagine resveratrol could do more. But here’s yet another good reason to love resveratrol.
Researchers at the University Children’s Hospital in Ulm, Germany, have discovered that resveratrol may help keep you leaner.
They found that resveratrol has an effect on human fat cells. It triggers a process called apoptosis, or “programmed cell death.” The researches claim resveratrol actually “regulates fat cell numbers”!5
Noone is calling resveratrol the next weight loss miracle. But anything that keeps fat cells under control can’t hurt.
Benefits on Top of Benefits
As great as these benefits are, I’ve barely scratched the surface here. We’ve only looked at a handful of the studies published in the first two moths of this year.
Protection from cigarette smoke… protection from blood sugar problems… regulating fat cells… When you add these to the may other benefits resveratrol offers, you can see why I’m so excited.
I’ll continue watching for new studies. And I’ll provide you with periodic updates. I don’t think we’ve seen the end of resveratrol’s many benefits yet.
Dr. Kenneth Woliner, M.D.
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