A Fountain of Youth for Exhausted Moms: The Science Behind Red Wine & Anti-Aging
By Joseph Maroon, M.D.
Life can be demanding. Trying to balance work, home and a social life is a challenge when you simply don’t have the energy. Fatigue can make it difficult to get through a stressful day and many busy moms make lifestyle and diet changes to cope.
The latest research shows that certain food supplements containing concentrated plant polyphenols, the beneficial organic molecules found in red wine grapes, may also provide these benefits. These supplements have been shown to activate ‘longevity or survival genes,’ thereby enhancing your energy and endurance.
Research done at Harvard Medical School and around the world confirms that resveratrol is the most powerful of these gene-activating plant polyphenols. Many people taking organic resveratrol supplements have seen results of increased stamina and energy.
How Aging Affects Your Body
As you age, the cells in your body grow slower and tend to regenerate at slower rates. Cellular activity is responsible for every function in the body, including skin tissue. As we age, cellular healing, skin cell turnover and the development of new skin tissues can be just a fraction of what it was in your youth. Other cells such as brain cells, may even stop regenerating and repairing themselves causing many people as they age to become easily fatigued, experience lower mood levels, or find it hard to keep up with daily activities.
Fluctuating or depleted hormone levels due to decreased cellular activity can sometimes lead to excessive stress and an overall poor state of health. If you are not eating healthy, exercising regularly, and not taking the nutritional supplements, vitamins and minerals suggested, you are probably already exhibiting the signs of premature aging.
Resveratrol may have the ability to “stop the clock” on poor aging by enhancing your energy levels, as seen in many research studies.
What is Resveratrol?
Resveratrol is a natural, plant-based supplement that scientific studies have shown can actually slow the aging process and prolong life in every testing thus far.
It is a plant polyphenol molecule organically extracted from the skin, seeds, stem and vine of red wine grape. Polyphenols are natural antioxidants that can protect cells from free radical damage, the root cause of much of the cellular deterioration seen with aging. Scientists discovered resveratrol after investigating the impact of the typical French diet. Researchers have been looking at the relationship between the amounts of red wine that people in France regularly consume and the lower incidence of heart disease compared to other countries that did not drink as much red wine. Red wine has long been lauded for its antioxidant properties and heart benefits. Resveratrol research now strongly links this polyphenol’s action to many of the heart benefits found with red wine.
How the Supplement Works
Resveratrol activates the ‘longevity gene,’ otherwise known as the survival gene, and these genes have been shown to enhance energy and endurance along with many other health preserving actions. Resveratrol is also a powerful antioxidant that can help to protect cells from the aging process. Other research has shown resveratrol can improve cellular metabolism, functioning and cellular rejuvenation and is a key player in maintaining youth.
Benefits of Resveratrol as seen in over 100 studies:
· Increases energy and endurance
· Provides strong antioxidant protection
· Improves central nervous system functioning
· Protects against over active immune and inflammatory response
· Reduces the risk of neurodegenerative diseases
· Plays a role in cancer protection
· Strengthens the immune system
Are Resveratrol Supplements Safe?
Studies thus far have not shown any adverse effects using standard treatment doses. While human studies of resveratrol are minimal, no significant side effects have been reported to date. In my book, The Longevity Factor: How Resveratrol and Red Wine can Activate Genes for a Longer and Healthier Life, I discuss the science of genetic activation and the anti-aging capabilities of certain foods and supplements containing trans-resveratrol.
Research surrounding the effects of resveratrol on pregnancy is non-existent. Resveratrol, like soy and red clover supplements, can affect estrogen levels in women, and these changes may have a negative effect on the fetus. Therefore, we do not recommend taking resveratrol supplements while pregnant.
Joseph Maroon, MD, FACS, is a world famous board-certified neurosurgeon who has been honored by various national and international neurological societies for his contributions to the profession. He is a professor of neurosurgery and team physician of the Pittsburgh Steelers. In his book, The Longevity Factor: How Resveratrol and Red Wine Can Activate Genes for a Longer and Healthier Life, Dr. Maroon is the Chairman of the Medical Advisor Board of the 4000+ retail store chain, GNC.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have not yet evaluated resveratrol. Any dietary supplement cannot claim to diagnosis, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.