5 Natural Resveratrol Foods for Life Extension
Due to the ongoing media storm which has shown little sign of abating since 2010, many men and women looking to help increase their longevity by consuming an anti-oxidant supplement like resveratrol often look to more natural food types to get their daily fix.
1. Red Grapes
Red grapes help reduce your risk of developing blood clots, they help reduce your LDL levels, that’s Low Density Lipoprotein, the bad cholesterol in the blood. They also help maintain a steady blood pressure which is obviously beneficial to your heart.
Besides red grape juice, dieticians suggest that eating whole grapes is as good if not better for you as they have the added benefit of providing you with dietary fiber.
Ounce for ounce though, peanuts have about half as much resveratrol than red wine however they are also high in monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated linoleic acid which is a source of essential fatty acids and are also high in energy.
Cranberries also contain a similar amount of this anti-oxidant polyphenol and they are also packed full of pro-anthocyanidins, but they must be grown in acidic soil and are difficult to maintain which is why supplement manufactures choose to extract resveratrol from Japanese Knotweed.
Studies have revealed that cranberries do fight the HSV-2 infection, a virulent life long strain of herpes most present in the west. Published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture in 2004, procyanidin which is present in resveratrol helps fight this incurable disease reducing your chances of developing sores and ulcers.
Blueberries are another source of natural resveratrol but findings by the Food and Nutritional Science Division of California State University-Long Beach report that they contain less than 10% of that found in grapes.
However, additional independent studies have shown that the blueberries resveratrol does exert a potent reduction of fat cell formation, by promoting the SIRT1 gene, the gene responsible for reducing your fat stores when you undergo a low calorie diet.
5. Japanese Knotweed
As mentioned, resveratrol in its supplement form is extracted from Japanese knotweed as this root vegetable from parts of East Asia contains the highest content of resveratrol than all other foods including the red grape.
Present in the stem of the root it grows naturally to help protect the plant from harmful bacteria. The Japanese have been using homemade knotweed recipes for centuries to help treat anti-inflammatory conditions, cancers and a number of ailments.
Often referred to as a bamboo it is in fact one of the worlds most invasive species and is now being used for developing the market for Natural Resveratrol supplements, most importantly targeting people with high blood sugar levels as it has blood sugar lowering tendencies.
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