Resveratrol

Resveratrol the key to longevity

A number of years ago, scientists made an astounding discovery. Research showed that when you reduced the number of calories you consume, while ensuring you maintain good nutrition, you can actually live as much as 10 years longer. [1]

This concept is known as ‘caloric restriction,’ which amazingly mitigates the effects of the aging process. Research has discovered that the body actually has its own built-in survival mode, that when calories are short will activate. When this occurs the aging process slows down, rather than what many would have assumed it would speed up. It’s like a type of cellular hibernation.

Walter Breuning is the oldest known American ever and he just recently passed away at a whopping age of 114 years. USA Today reported that the reason for his enduring health may have been that he ate only two small meals a day for much of his life. [2]. Some experts believe that Breuning inadvertently benefits from his caloric restrictive lifestyle, putting into slow motion his aging genes.

Eat Less Without Eating Less and Enjoy the Benefits

The idea of living an extra 10 years is certainly exciting. However, being able to live a lifestyle of calorie restrictions may be more difficult that it sounds, and it certainly might take the fun out of living longer. It’s difficult to diet for just a few months, let alone for decades. But what if you could fool your system and trick it into thinking that you were eating less?

Recent research indicates that incredibly you can do just that with Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant known for giving red wine the associated health benefits. Resveratrol has the ability to produce the same effects as a low calorie diet, even when you aren’t cutting back your calorie intake. [3] Experts say that supplementing your diet with Resveratrol will actually slow the aging process and increase your lifespan, in addition to offering a number of cardiovascular benefits.

So promising is Resveratrol’s ability to extend life expectancy that Big Pharma already has Resveratrol on its list of next generation potential blockbuster drugs. The problem is Resveratrol is a natural substance so Big Pharma can’t patent it and enjoy the huge profits. One drug company has already invested more than $700 million in an effort to create a synthetic Resveratrol, which would sell it for much more than what natural Resveratrol costs.

There is no need for you to wait for the pharmaceutical version, because you can purchase the natural form of Resveratrol today and begin to enjoy all of its benefits including its amazing longevity qualities.

However, when you are purchasing Resveratrol make sure you are buying the correct type and the correct amounts, so that you don’t land up wasting your money and missing out on the benefits.  

Once the research was released, it didn’t take long for junk supplements to flood the market. The internet is filled with promotions for “anti-aging miracle” Resveratrol pills. Sadly, most of these are inferior products.

To enjoy the benefits, you need to take a supplement is similar to what was used in the research. There are only a few products that actually contain the precise amounts and types of Resveratrol proven to provide health benefits and extend life, and they are expensive.

 

Sources:
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