As you may know, one of the best ways to extend your life is to reduce the number of calories you eat. Until recently, calorie restriction was the only proven way to live longer. But a new study - perhaps one of the most important studies on anti-aging done to date - shows that one of my favorite nutrients can extend life.
The study was so convincing, the researchers said that it provides "conclusive evidence that the red wine compound resveratrol directly... promotes health and longevity in animal models."
I've told you in the past about resveratrol's ability to reverse cancer, prevent Alzheimer's, fight infections, and boost your immune system. But none of those studies led the researchers to make a claim like this:
"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," said David Sinclair, Harvard Medical School professor of genetics and senior author on the paper. "Almost all drugs either slow or block them."
I really can't believe a Harvard researcher said that. In two sentences, he admitted that resveratrol is better for you than drugs, that drugs can't match resveratrol's longevity benefits, and, most astounding, that almost all drugs have the potential to shorten your life. Incredible!
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Here's what he was talking about. In the last 10 years or so, all longevity research has focused on a group of genes called sirtuins. These genes protect you from many diseases of aging. One sirtuin in particular, SIRT1, protects your body by revving up the mitochondria in your cells. As you may know, the mitochondria are the engines of your cells. The better and more effectively they run, the healthier your cells, and the healthier you are.
As we age, the mitochondria tend to run down, much like a battery. But the researchers in this study found that resveratrol actually turns the mitochondria into a rechargeable battery! And it does so through SIRT1.
Resveratrol recharges mitochondria so well that mice taking the supplement have twice the endurance they normally would. And they are somewhat immune from the damage obesity and aging cause. What's more, other research has shown that yeast, nematodes, bees, flies, and mice all experience an extended lifespan when they take resveratrol.
Despite all this evidence, there was still some controversy surrounding resveratrol's ability to extend lifespan. So these Harvard researchers did an amazing study to put the controversy to rest. I'll tell you all about it in Monday's Nutrient Insider.
In the meantime, if you're not already taking resveratrol, don't wait to start. This is one nutrient that keeps beating the naysayers and providing incredible protection from disease. You can order a powerful resveratrol formula by following this link.
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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.
Science, March 8, 2013.