Resveratrol has been known to play a significant role in disease prevention, especially in the realm of preventing obesity, diabetes and certain cancers. Recent findings have given us clues to how Resveratrol works.
How this antioxidant works is by slowing down the genes that control the aging process. The Sirtuin gene, which is mostly inactive, was turned on by Resveratrol which gives promise in extending life. Certain proteins get triggered that prompts the cells to repair damage and rejuvenate themselves.
High concentrations of Resveratrol are in the skins of red grapes used in red wine, cocoa, berries and chocolate.
Another way to stave off the aging gene is through calorie restriction. Of course that doesn’t mean starving yourself, but it does mean to maintain your ideal body weight.
These and previous studies have boosted the sales of Resveratrol supplements and red wine. But be careful in binge drinking too much wine just yet. Scientists say you would have to drink 100 bottles of wine each day to get the benefits of these genes.
Pharmaceutical companies are investigating Resveratrol-based drugs to help prevent (or slow down) the aging process and our progressive increase of degenerative diseases.