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Turning Back Aging

Getting older isn’t the problem, it’s feeling older that makes it less fun. Here’s one way you can help feeling better as you age…

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Getting older isn’t the problem, it’s feeling older that makes it less fun.

Now research shows there is something that can reverse one of the biggest factors of aging. It is called Resveratrol.

Resveratrol is in wine, grapes, peanuts and some berries. It has a number of powerful effects for improving health.

Studies are ongoing to discover how it works. New data comes out regularly. One of the most recent of these studies points to a likely reason why it has such a strong effect on slowing the aging process.

Some Background On Aging

One of the biggest factors in aging is increased insulin resistance. This happens when our cells stop responding to insulin. It causes cells to starve. They can’t get the glucose they need for energy. And since every cell uses glucose for energy, when they can’t get enough, problems arise.

With insulin resistance, your cells refuse delivery of the glucose they need. And you can’t just eat sugar (glucose) to turn this around. The needed energy source can’t get in. So simply dumping sugar into your system is a little like filling the trunk of your car with gasoline. Sure, you’ve got more fuel in the car, it’s just not doing you any good. In fact, too much sugar in the body is the primary cause of insulin resistance. It’s like your cells say, “Enough already!”

Problems with insulin resistance include weight gain and metabolic syndrome (blood sugar regulation problems). Ultimately it leads to type 2 diabetes and its associated health issues. This is stuff you don’t want. Heart disease, neuropathy, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.

In addition, to deal with excess sugar in the system, your body forms a substance called lipofuscin. This is sort of like gooey caramel in and between tissues. Imagine if you poured liquid caramel into your gas tank. How well would your car work? It is the same with your body.

Lipofuscin shows up as “age spots” on the skin. More importantly, it creates brown, sticky gunk inside your body. It affects organs (including brain, lungs, kidneys and liver) and tissues (including connective tissue in the joints, fascia and skin). In other words, all the places we experience the “signs of aging.” Poor memory and focus, pain the joints, inefficient digestion, breathing problems, low energy, etc. You get the picture.

What We’re Learning

Back to the recent studies. Researchers in Shanghai found that resveratrol improves insulin sensitivity. It helps restore your cells’ ability to respond to insulin in a healthy way. When cells can respond to insulin well, you have more energy, you lose weight more easily, and you form less lipofuscin. All good.

The mechanism for this is resveratrol’s ability to activate the sirtuin (SIRT1) gene. The sirtuin gene produces proteins that increase longevity. This has been tested across multiple species.

Although more research is needed, evidence shows sirtuins may be able to control age-related disorders in various organisms and in humans. These disorders include the aging process, obesity, metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

And, the only known natural way to activate sirtuin is with resveratrol. The trick is to get the right dose. Although resveratrol occurs in red wine, you’d need to drink 60 glasses of wine a day to get the therapeutic effects. This means the only way to get enough for these effects is to take it in pill form.

What Dose?

When taken orally in smaller doses, the body metabolizes resveratrol very rapidly. This prevents the full beneficial effects in the body. To counter this, you can take a larger dose once a day rather than smaller doses spread out. You get the greatest benefit by taking 200 mg once a day. You can take it with your regular vitamins or by itself, whichever is most convenient. You can find sources of resveratrol in 100 mg capsules, making this higher dose easy to take. My favorite source is Pure Encapsulations. It is available through my professional account with them. You can get it by clicking here.

With what we’re learning about the effects of this nutrient, is it any wonder that resveratrol is among the most promising nutrients to slow the effects of aging?

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