|Resveratrol, found in red grapes and red wine, is looking like it may well be the next big supplement to hit the market and has many benefits that will appeal to almost every demographic. The main use of resveratrol however is as a life extension aid.|
These life extension benefits work in many interesting ways. Of course, resveratrol is an antioxidant (a big buzz word at the moment) meaning that it can protect the cells from oxidization so slowing our aging (some belief visibly) and prevent mutations in the DNA which lead to cancer. But thatÕs, not all resveratrol does slow aging.
If youÕre interested in the whole life-extension strand of Transhumanism then you will likely have heard of Ôcalorie restrictionÕ Ð a diet that aims to increase the human lifespan by restricting the number of calories we eat. Many people follow this practice having learned from studies on mice that restricting calories can increase their lifespan by almost 50% and hoping the same might be true of humans. Of course, the problem with this is that it just so happens to be wildly impractical and often leads to those people not getting enough of their essential nutrients and vitamins, etc. At meals itÕs hardly sociable to order a glass of water and a side salad.
Fortunately then, resveratrol can give you the same effects as calorie restriction. Both work by essentially telling the body that itÕs starving and so forcing it to become more energy efficient by increasing the function of the mitochondria. This then helps to further protect our cells but also means we can survive on less energy Ð taxing our bodies less when we eat and exercise. It is thought that the resveratrol found in red grapes and wine explains the ÔFrench paradoxÕ Ð that they are able to eat high-fat diets and still suffer relatively low incidence of heart attack and heart problems.
Basically, by making the energy (ATP) creation process more efficient in the human body, substances like resveratrol are thought to be able to reduce the production of waste products that can otherwise harm the DNA and lead to the imperfections that we associate with age.
This is where all bodybuildersÕ ears should be pricking up Ð as ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is the energy that we use to work out in the gym. So in theory then, improving the function of the mitochondria should lead to increased performance and endurance in the gym, and lo and behold more studies on rats and mice suggest this is true and enables them to run for considerably longer on a treadmill.
So for transhumanists and bodybuilders alike, resveratrol is a highly promising supplement that might just be an all-in-one health boost.ape juice is a great source of antioxidants, and one in particular: the well-known and highly effective resveratrol. Resveratrol is an antioxidant but it also helps to prevent the creation of free radicals.
Maybe itÕs time we delved into antioxidants in a little more detail. As mentioned, these work by combating the action of Ôfree radicalsÕ. Free radicals are in turn molecules that travel around the body and are highly reactive when they come into contact with cells. If a free radical hits a cell in your body, then it will result in damage to the cell wall due to a chemical reaction. That damage is minor and in the short term, you wonÕt notice it. However, as the damage continues to occur over and over again, it adds up. Eventually, this can add up to ÔmacroscopicÕ damage, meaning it is visible to the naked eye. That is one of the things that leads to the physical changes we observe when aging!
The most serious problem with free radicals though, is that they can eventually break entirely through the cell walls and reach the center of the cell, called the nucleus. This is where the DNA is housed, and when that gets damaged, it leads to mutations. When the DNA of a cell is damaged, the mutation can render it ineffective at performing the job it is assigned to carry out. In short, the cell stops functioning and this can then lead to organ failure or other problems.
Of course, just one damaged cell is unlikely to lead to organ failure. The real problem is that cells reproduce via a process called mitosis. That is to say that they break in half and form two identical copies Ð and these copies are created using the DNA as an ÔblueprintÕ. So if that DNA is broken, then you get two broken cells now. And as this spread and spread, the bad code is copied throughout the body Ð eventually resulting in tumors and serious problems. This is how cancer is born.
While free radicals are an unavoidable by-product of the mitochondrial energy process, resveratrol actually works to make the mitochondria more efficient and thereby helps to prevent the damage. Grape juice both helps to combat free radicals then and fights them at the source preventing them from being created in the first instance!
Grape juice has many of the same health benefits touted for red wine Ð but without the negative effects of the alcohol! On top of that, it also helps to boost immunity, prevent bowel disorders, and more!
That said, if you love your red wine, youÕll still get this benefitÉ so itÕs not all bad!