Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Resveratrol!! The anti-ageing antioxidant!

What is resveratrol? Resveratrol is an antioxidant that is found in the skin of grapes, peanuts, blueberries and cranberries, even chocolate (cocoa). It is created when the fermentation process begins or when fungus grows on these foods. These plants create resveratrol naturally to protect themselves from fungus and bacteria.

Main stream media is raving about the anti ageing effects of resveratrol, and its ability to reverse atherosclerosis. While studies are still being done to determine the exact benefits and possible side effects of supplementing with large doses of resveratrol, many believe that it is beneficial to humans. It has been said to slow down the ageing process, to reverse hardening of the arteries, increase energy, aid the body in processing high fat foods, and reduced blood sugar. The best source of resveratrol is red wine, but many think that in order to achieve optimum levels, supplements should be used. There are even synthetic supplements available on the market. There are studies that suggest the French have a very low coronary risk factor due to their frequent intake of red wine. Since drinking large amounts of alcohol can be detrimental to your health for other reasons, many believe that getting resveratrol from a supplement is a safer and a more effective means of reaping the benefits.

Due to the way resveratrol is extracted from plants (mostly grapes), it is very important that you do your research before chosing a supplement. We recommend that you choose a natural supplement from a legitimate company and that your supplement has an NDC # which means the company subjects their processing and packaging to pharmaceutical standards and inspections.

Our office does have a product that provides resveratrol along with other antioxidants. PolyGreens provide approximately 45 servings of various antioxidants from fruits and vegetables along with other great nutrients. They are available in Mint, Berry and a child flavor. While the jury may still be out on exactly how resveratrol benefits our bodies, there is much evidence that shows that antioxidants are very important in combating oxidative stress and helping our body replenish itself. Eating vegetables and fruits from various color groups is the best way to get your body's needed antioxidants, but if you feel that you may be coming in short on your RDA (recommended daily allowance), our PolyGreens are sure to help! We also have a resveratrol supplement available. Come see us to get more info!

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