Fight Aging with Resveratrol
For those of you interested in anti-aging methods, which is almost everybody, resveratrol is a very popular drug which proposes to provide a solution to the age old problem. Resveratrol is a chemical which actually occurs completely naturally in plants. Plants use it in the way we use antibiotics, it protects them against bacteria and infection.
Some of the highest concentrations of the miraculous chemical are found in red grapes, which in turn mean that red wine also contains resveratrol. The healing effects of this compound have actually been known by humans for hundreds if not thousands of years, both the Japanese and the Chinese have used it for healing purposes.
The resveratrol supplements which can be bought in stores and online are typically extracted from the Japanese Knotweed, however there are also many supplements made directly from red wine. These supplements have become extremely popular in recent years, particularly through coverage by the mainstream media and by celebrities like Oprah, who have hailed the chemical and the supplements which contain it as the answer to all our aging problems.
This new fad however represents a very small time considering how long humans have known about the drug. The reason why western society became aware of the chemical and scientific research began is actually a very interesting story. Interest in the chemical came about through interest in the French diet, which on the surface seemed extremely unhealthy and fatty. This presented a paradox however because French people in general were healthier and lived longer than the rest of the world. It turns out the French diet includes a lot of resveratrol because of the amount of red wine they typically drink.
Since scientific research began it has been repeatedly demonstrated that resveratrol prolongs the life of lab animals and can even mitigate the symptoms of Alzheimer's. Human research is more complicated but it has also provided encouraging results, they’ve shown that resveratrol can have a stabilizing effect on blood sugar and can also prevent cancer in high doses.
Resveratrol can currently be found in health food stores all over the world, in pill form and powder form. Japanese Knotweed can also be purchased raw, which provides a less expensive alternative to the supplements which can be confusing because they vary in purity and quality, some being extremely expensive. With time the prices will come down and better cultivation techniques will increase the supply of this miraculous chemical until it becomes a large part of everyone’s diets.
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