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Before we discuss resveratrol supplements, I would like to introduce myself…
My name is Michael and calling me a “health freak” would be understatement. I am not a healthcare professional – my educational background is not in medicine or nutrition – but over the years it has become my personal quest to find the answers to longevity, anti-aging, and nutrition. In fact, I usually spend several hours every day researching these topics. If you would like to read more about me you can do so here.
David Sinclair… you may not recall the name, but odds are you certainly know who he is.
Sinclair is the Director of Harvard’s Paul F. Glenn Laboratories for Molecular Biology of Aging, as well as a professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School. When he published a comprehensive study in 2003 which suggested that a largely unknown substance – resveratrol – extended the lifespan of mice by up to 24% (and up to 59% with other animals) the world took notice. He is the man who was interviewed by Barbara Walters on 60 Minutes.
Since then a slew of exciting resveratrol studies have followed which support Sinclair’s initial findings. In fact, research has been so promising that Sinclair’s tiny side business – Sirtris Pharmaceuticals – which was centered around resveratrol research, was gobbled up by GlaxoSmithKline for the staggering sum of $720 million.
Why all the hype?
Big money and the biggest names are behind resveratrol, but why?
Aging… it’s an inevitable process, but no one knows exactly what triggers our bodies to deteriorate over time. Of course there are obviously poor lifestyle choices (smoking, lack of exercise, etc.) which can accelerate the process, but why do even the healthiest of the healthy still age? It is believed that our genes hold the answer… they are what regulates the aging process.
But what if we could control our genes and slow down that process? Research suggests that resveratrol activates the SIRT-1 gene, which is thought to play a crucial role in regulating life span.
From the Institute of Genetics, Moleular, and Cellular Biology in France, Dr. Auwerx (the other world famous leader in resveratrol research) said this in an interview:
“Resveratrol makes you look like a trained athlete without the training”
But is that claim too good to be true? It’s too soon to say for sure, but he and his colleagues conducted an interesting study which seemed to support that claim in laboratory mice.
The mice were individually placed on miniature treadmills. The regular mice would collapse from exhaustion after running one kilometer. However, the mice which were given resveratrol supplements would reportedly run twice as far. According to Dr. Auwerx, the mice given resveratrol supplementation had a reduced heart rate and energy-charge muscles, much like professional athletes do.
Other resveratrol research by Dr. Auwerx and his team aimed to measure what effect resveratrol had on high-fat diets. In the report, it was suggested that high resveratrol dosages appeared to protect the mice from gaining weight and developing metabolic syndrome disturbances (which are precursors to obesity and diabetes).
Although the scientific and pharmaceutical industry is moving full steam ahead with resveratrol research, it’s important to remind you that resveratrol is only a dietary supplement. Therefore statements about resveratrol have not been evaluated by the FDA and resveratrol is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.