What Is Resveratrol?

When GNLD came out with the supplement called Tre, many people called to ask us, “What is Resveratrol?”

So…What is Resveratrol? It is a naturally occurring compound concentrated in the skins of red grapes (and thus red wine) and found in smaller amounts in peanuts, cranberries, blueberries and dark chocolate. All these foods are found in the human food chain and have been tested and scientifically researched.

Reserveratrol research has been focused on its effects on the sirtuin family of enzymes. Enzymes are proteins that catalyze (initiate and speed up) chemical reactions. Sirtuin enzymes play multiple roles in health and longevity. They facilitate DNA repair and maintain genome stability (that’s stability of the complete set of chromosomes, and thus the entire genetic information present in a cell). They protect against oxidative stress and reduce inflammation. In short, these enzymes increase cell survival.

Resveratrol turns sirtuin genes on, when a normal or high-calorie diet is being consumed. This phytonutrient has been shown to reduce the risk of cataracts, kidney dysfunctions, and inflammatory bowel disease; it can also stave off strokes and a heart attack, strengthen bones, and improve lung functions. And, it protects against neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s (improved memory, learning and brain elasticity).

“Sirtuin serve as guardians of the cell,” Harvard Medical School researcher, David Sinclair. Human life could be extended by thirty percent or after fifty, another ten years. Sirtuin are proteins found in a wide variety of living organisms from yeasts to people. The proteins appear to play a critical role in the aging process.

Sirtuins are involved in metabolic regulation. They turn particular genes on and off as needed. For example, they also work to repair damage to the DNA. They are implicated in aging because as organisms age, the risk of damage to the DNA increases and sirtuin may become increasingly focused on addressing specific sites of damage, sometimes causing confusion in gene activation.

Some researchers believe that the body may “forget” which genes are supposed to be active, inadvertently activating genes which cause further damage and contributing to aging.

If that’s not enough, Resveratrol also positively influences multiple aspects of metabolic syndrome. In addition to increasing insulin sensitivity, it enhances endothelial function and reduces arterial stiffness. Coupled with its ability to increase exercise endurance, stimulate fat burning and hinder fat storage, Resveratrol just may be able to help stem the tide of three of our most widespread health concerns: obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Is There Anything I Need to Know about Taking Resveratrol?

There are a few things to understand about taking Resveratrol. First, it should not be confused with the root of a plant called Japanese knotweed, or Resvinol,  which is a species of weed, banned from cultivation in many countries and listed by the World Conservation Union as one of the 100 worst invasive weeds. Resvinol is used as a primary source for many Resveratrol supplement products on the market; however, this weed is not found in the human food chain and has not been researched or tested for long-term side effects.

The amount of Resveratrol is also important. GNLD delivers the scientifically validated amount of 500 mcg, the equivalent to consuming 1-2 glasses of red wine each day (which is the amount science has shown to be beneficial).

Tre with Resveratrol
Tre with Resveratrol

Resvinol (the weed-based Resveratrol not found in the human food chain) delivers approximately 200/300 mg, which would be equivalent to 400 or more glasses of red wine. When you see the high amounts used in these products, you know it came from the knotweed source; and there is no scientific evidence of any benefit at that level. Indeed, no one knows what happens when you consume such a high levels from such a non-human food chain source for a long period of time, as it has never before occurred in human history.

As with all things GNLD, we seek to give the body what it is missing from the diet in healthy balance, proportion and diversity. We do not seek to overload the system with one nutrient at the expense of others. We also always pay close attention to Mother Nature . . . looking within the natural human food chain for the nutrients with which we choose to make our products.

Sources: Research on Situins, Dr. Julian Whitaker, GNLD Advisory Board

Take a look at the GNLD Tre Fast Facts PDF Document. It’s not just another juice!

Merenna Morrow

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