How resveratrol works its magic
Exciting news from the trenches of research! Scientists believe they’ve discovered the secret to resveratrol’s anti-aging power.
Resveratrol is a polyphenol found in red wine and grapes. Research has suggested it has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. That it lowers blood sugar. That it aids heart health. And that it helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have even shown that resveratrol mimics the effects of calorie restriction. And it can potentially lengthen lives.
But how does resveratrol perform its magic? Well, scientists really didn’t know–until now.
Researchers believe it inhibits an important enzyme called “cAMP-degrading phosphodiesterases.” Quite a mouthful. But what’s important here is that this enzyme prevents a chain reaction that negatively affects blood sugar and insulin production.
It’s all very technical, I know. And, normally, I wouldn’t even bother telling you about something so complex. But given the recent resveratrol controversy, I thought it was important to show you that research on it continues. And continues to be impressive.
So no matter what negative press you might have seen lately, don’t give up on resveratrol. It’s still one of the best supplements you can take. I generally recommend 500 mg per day. Just make sure to look for trans-resveratrol, which is the most potent and active form.