Why Trans-Resveratrol Supplements Work for Weight Loss
Resveratrol supplements have been on the market for the last two years now ever since 60 minutes, the American TV Documentary show aired a report into the studies that were being carried out on mice, where they were being administered the same amount of trans resveratrol that you would find in roughly 60 litres of red wine.
These were only preliminary studies and as yet, conclusive clinical trials have yet to be carried out on humans, but reports which have been published in medical journals since, do suggest that this natural anti-oxidant may well be most beneficial to those wanting to lose weight.
Why Resveratrol is Best for Low Calorie Diets
What resveratrol possesses is the ability to help promote the growth of your SIRT1 gene.
This gene is crucial for two reasons:
1. It causes mitochondria. Found in plants, animals and humans the SIRT1 gene helps produce higher levels of energy that you would typically equate with younger genes.
When food and energy are scarce, this gene protects cells by one, repairing cells damaged by free radicals and protecting them, and two, by breaking down your fat reserves.
This is important as if your diet is low in calories, the SIRT1 gene is able to be more constructive and therefore most active.
Referred to by dieticians as the “skinny gene”, it increases your metabolism and reduces your fat stores.
2. Low calorie diets also help the SIRT1 gene to reduce the risk of age related deseases such as a heart attacks, diabetes and arthritis as these conditions are all linked to us carrying around too much excess fat storage.
Oxidative stress is essentially a result of an imbalance in a cell, organ or tissue in its ability to detoxify or repair itself due to reactive oxygen species or ROS. These are more commonly known as free radicals and by measuring ones oxidative stress levels doctors now believe this to be a more acurate way to determine if someone is at risk of a heart attack or stroke.
SIRT1 gene helps reduce oxidative stress which in turn improves a persons health. The few that live past 100 years are observed to have extremely low levels of oxidative stress as would be expected.
How to Activate the SIRT1 Gene?
Simple, you can do this through one of two ways or both.
1. You can restrict your calorie intake which will promote the growth of new SIRT1 genes.
2. You can eat natural foods which contain resveratrol as this also promotes the growth of this gene.
Natural foods include bluberries, peanuts, cranberries, grapes and Japanese knotweed.
Japanese knotweed which is found in parts of North America, Asia and Central Africa contain by far the highest content of trans resveratrol.
Only a handful of the many hundreds of resveratrol supplements on the market contain trans or pure resveratrol so always be sure to check the “supplemental facts” label which is madatory for U.S products to have where it should state the percentage or amount of trans resveratrol per capsule.
The required daily intake is 250-300 mg, but many people take roughly 500 mg per day, to help benefit the most from this anti-oxidant.
One way of telling if your supplement is the real mckoy is that there should be little if no taste or scent and creamy white in colour. Those which are colored and have a taste and odour will be far less beneficial and may perhaps contain impurities.
While human trials continue in the west to guage its effectiveness as a longevity and weight loss supplement, evidence that the “skinny gene” is fundamentally at the heart of how you control your fat stores is compelling.
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