Do you want to live longer? Be healthier while you do? A compound found inside of grape juice may just hold the key to aging!
Resveratrol, a polyphenolic compound found in grapes has been receiving lots of attention in the past decade or so. While it’s believed that it possibly contains other health benefits, including improving cardiovascular health, anti-inflammation, anti-cancer benefits, lowering the risk of diabetes, lowering the chances of Alzheimer’s disease, and more, resveratrol is also being studied for its anti-aging benefits.
Controversy and Disagreement Surrounding Resveratrol
There has been some controversy about whether the results of certain tests are valid. This has been due to the fact that many studies were done in vitro; meaning that they took place
The article opens up with this line:
Just to be clear, while it states “found in red wine,” the reason it’s found in red wine is because red wine is made out of grapes. Resveratrol comes from grapes.
The article goes on to illuminate why researchers believe they might have found the fountain of youth. The reason is that resveratrol stimulates production of SIRT1; “the longevity gene.” Some of the reported benefits of intermittent fasting are supposed to come from SIRT1.
CBS quoted David Sinclair, Harvard Medical School professor of genetics, as saying, “In the history of pharmaceuticals, there has never been a drug that binds to a protein to make it run faster in the way that resveratrol activates SIRT1.”
Professor Sinclair added that, “We’re finding that ageing isn’t the irreversible affliction that we thought it was,” and that “Some of us could live to 150, but we won’t get there without more research.”
Much more was said inside of the article and I suggest you read it in full if you are interested.
One Study Showed That Resveratrol Extended The Life Of Fish
I try to be careful about how many animal studies I directly cite. Honestly, I don’t want to promote more of these, but sometimes you find a study that seems of such importance, that it would be senseless to not at least mention the results.
This study here focused on the short-lived seasonal fish, Nothobranchius furzeri. These fish have a lifespan of roughly 13 weeks. To sum it up, resveratrol was added to the food of these fish starting in early adulthood and was shown to increase their lifespan.
It was also noted that “In addition, resveratrol delays the age-dependent decay of locomotor activity and cognitive performances and reduces the expression of neurofibrillary degeneration in the brain.” In other words it slowed down the expression of age-related traits in these fish as well.
While the results of this study are confirmed, we’re talking about fish here, not humans. I still find it interesting that resveratrol actually did increase their lifespan.
I found quite a few other studies that demonstrated that resveratrol contains anti-aging benefits, as well as cholesterol-lowering, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer benefits. But these were all done on animals, so for this particular article I have chosen not to include them.
As far as I have read, it appears that human research trials have and are now continuing to take place. This very interesting website here, which I recommend you check out if you’re interested in resveratrol, cited quite a few different human studies that began in 2014 and are still taking place currently. I clicked on a few of them, including this one here, and they appear to be legit.
It looks like we are still, at this current date, waiting to find out what the results will be.
At minimum, after seeing everything I have, I’m personally convinced that there are most definitely some convincing studies out there that point to the resveratrol inside of grape juice as having anti-aging benefits.
Has resveratrol been 100% confirmed as the fountain of youth? No, I don’t think it has, but there’s definitely a huge amount of potential there! After everything I’ve seen, I know I’ll be eating more grapes as well as drinking more grape juice.
I hope this article has been interesting and helpful to you as well.
Grape Juice Recipes
If you’d like to drink more grape juice but would like to add some lower sugar volume to it, we have plenty of grape juice recipes that do just that. Along with grapes, our recipes include lots of green vegetable ingredients that ensure nutritional density at a lower calorie and sugar cost.
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