If you struggle with any chronic disease, you know how frustrating it is to battle your body every day - and make little progress. Some days you might take a couple steps forward, but the next might pull you back a step or two. It's a never ending cycle.
Conventional doctors look only at drug solutions, but more and more research suggests nutrients might provide better answers without the side effects. While much of this research continues to focus on individual nutrients, one recent study found that a combination of three nutrients might work even better.
In this study, a team of researchers from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University found that two nutrients in particular work synergistically with vitamin D. The three-nutrient combination seems to supercharge your immune system and help fight chronic disease.
The researchers looked at 446 naturally occurring compounds from fresh fruits and vegetables. They were able to narrow down the list to two nutrients that had the most impact on chronic disease. They found that resveratrol (from grapes) and pterostilbene (from blueberries) both increased the expression of the human cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide (CAMP) gene. This gene is heavily involved in your immune function.
Resveratrol and pterostilbene are nutrient cousins that have many of the same functions in the body. But the two compounds actually work together in the body. So much better, in fact, that they are substantially better together than when you take them separately. And one of those improved actions makes vitamin D even more effective.
According to the lead author, Dr. Adrian Gombart, "Out of a study of hundreds of compounds, just these two popped right out... their synergy with vitamin D to increase CAMP gene expression was significant and intriguing. It's a pretty interesting interaction." I'll say it's pretty interesting. But it gets even better.
Apparently, the resveratrol and pterostilbene affect some of the signaling pathways in your body. This opens the door for vitamin D to come in and do its job. The impact is so dramatic that the three-nutrient combination is considerably more effective than using any of them individually.
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What's more, this three-nutrient combination supercharges your immune system so well that it can fight off pathogenic invaders (i.e., bacteria, viruses, etc.) as well as prevent chronic disease. Of course, these bugs could be the cause of many chronic illnesses, so it makes perfect sense.
So if you have chronic disease or just want to avoid ever having one, seriously consider taking resveratrol along with pterostilbene and vitamin D. Advanced Bionutritionals carries Advanced Resveratrol Formula and Vitamin D3. And it also sells Advanced Greens Formula, which contains blueberries. Together, they could boost your immune system and help fight off chronic disease.
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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.