Another powerful way to prevent falls and keep muscles strong
October 22, 2012
Volume 2 | Issue 83
I do a lot of work with seniors. One of my favorites is a young 87-year-old woman who suffers from spinal stenosis and congestive heart failure. Other than these challenges, she’s on top of things. She reads all of her mail, including the junk mail, donates large sums to charity, and has a quick-witted sense of humor. But recently, she had to spend weeks in the hospital and a rehab facility because she fell backward. The fall left a huge goose egg on her head. But even worse, it broke a bone in her back. It was incredibly painful!
Is it possible my dear friend could have avoided this fall? Of course, there are things she could have done differently in the events that led to the fall. But I’ve given you many different ways to increase your muscle strength and improve your motor function to avoid falls. These include eating lots of apples (or taking AppleBoost), drinking green tea, and taking vitamin D and magnesium. Now there’s another way to prevent falls.
Researchers from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania recently found that resveratrol, one of my favorite nutrients from grape skins, blueberries, and red wine, improves motor coordination. That means it helps your muscles respond to situations faster and with better precision. It also means fewer falls.
The results were so powerful the researchers called resveratrol a “miracle molecule.”
In the study, the researchers gave mice resveratrol as part of their normal diet or a placebo for eight weeks. Then they compared their ability to cross a steel mesh balance beam before and after taking the resveratrol.
They found that the ones eating the resveratrol maintained better movement coordination as they aged. They also had less nerve-tissue degeneration, which explains why their muscles responded better and faster.
Here’s what I find interesting. Before the study, many of the older mice had trouble navigating the balance beam. By the half-way point of the study, though, the researchers noticed that these mice experienced dramatic improvements. In fact, they were able to keep up with the younger mice. But they saw this improvement only in the group taking the resveratrol. This is remarkable.
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Does it mean resveratrol will help you cross a balance beam? Well, it might – but I don’t recommend trying it. Remember, an important part of avoiding falls is avoiding situations where falls are more likely. You don’t want to increase your risk of falling – and balance beams do that for just about any age group.
My good friend, nutritionist, and editor of Women’s Health Letter, Nan Kathryn Fuchs, PhD, first reported on this study a few weeks ago. She noted “Unfortunately, your body doesn’t absorb resveratrol very well. If you wanted to get all your resveratrol from wine, you’d have to drink 700 glasses of red wine a day to get enough. A fraction of that amount would make you fall down far more than the resveratrol could counteract.
“So you have to take resveratrol supplements to see any impact. You can buy resveratrol from any health food store and online. However, many of these products don’t contain enough resveratrol to help. So you need the highest quality product with a powerful dose of resveratrol.
“The only one I trust to deliver this kind of strength is Advanced Resveratrol Formula. In an independent review by ConsumerLab.com, the vast majority of resveratrol supplements contained 25 milligrams or less. Some contained as little as 2 milligrams of resveratrol in each pill! Each daily dose of Advanced Resveratrol Formula provides a guaranteed 110 milligrams of trans-resveratrol. More than 10 times the amount in many brands.”
This study from ConsumerLab.com shows Advanced Resveratrol Formula
is one of the most powerful forms of resveratrol available. That means it’s also one of the most powerful fall-prevention steps you can take!
Your Insider for better health,
Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.