9 Reasons Blueberries May Be More Potent Than Red Wine

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9 Reasons Blueberries May Be More Potent Than Red Wine

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The Many Health Benefits of Pterostilbene

You have probably heard of resveratrol, which is believed to be one of the most powerful antioxidants in nature that is found in grapes and red wine. Resveratrol is renowned for its ability to heal a number of diseases and figures prominently in many longevity studies.

Resveretrol is no doubt a powerful compound, but there is another antioxidant that is considered to be just as potent, if not more – Pterostilbene. Pronounced “taro stilbene”, this compound is perhaps the super-antioxidant that scientists were looking for, which has the answer to so many health problems.

Like resveratrol, Pterostilbene exhibits many beneficial effects of caloric restriction. It eliminates cellular waste from the body, fights breast cancer and heart disease. Called as the Elixir of Youth, it shows many anti-aging properties. It is also believed to improve cognitive function and brain power.

Pterostilbene is commonly found in grapes and blueberries. It is also found in the bark of the Indian Kino Tree and has been used in the ancient Hindu medical practice of Ayurveda for over two thousand years.

Like resveratrol, Pterostilbene is also a stilbene compound and has a similar structure. Pterostilbene and resveratrol have similar functions and can be used together for a common purpose – to activate the “longevity genes”.

Pterostilbene has a highly beneficial impact on gene expansion, which enhances that produced by resveratrol. It functions very well when combined with resveratrol.

In this article, we explore the similarities and differences between Pterostilbene and resveratrol further. We also reveal the many health benefits of Pterostilbene. Let’s get started!

Pterostilbene versus Resveratrol

Pterostilbene

Pterostilbene is a powerful antioxidant compound that is generally found in blueberries. It is considered to have more powerful antioxidant properties than resveratrol.

Pterostilbene is a stilbene, and belongs to the same family of compounds, called as phytolexins, as resveratrol. They are both plant extracts, which are known to fight infections. There are many studies that show that Pterostilbene is more effective than resveratrol at controlling blood sugar levels, improving mental clarity, concentration and focus and preventing heart disease.

Pterostilbene is also better for weight loss. It is a more powerful lipophilic than resveratrol, which means it is more effective with fat cells. This also means that it has a better impact on the brain as the brain consists of more fat cells than any other tissue. This compound occurs in higher concentrations naturally in both the brain tissue and the blood than resveratrol.

Just as it is commonly thought that drinking a glass of red wine (which is rich in resveratrol) a day improves cognitive function, having blueberries regularly or consuming supplements that are rich in Pterostilbene is believed to decrease cognitive decline in older people.

Also, Pterostilbene is much more effective at a lower dose than resveratrol. You will need more resveratrol to accomplish what Pterostilbene does at a relatively lower dose.

Resveratrol gets cleared out by the body pretty fast – its effects last for 30 to 60 minutes of taking it. One way to make sure that the effects of resveratrol last longer is to combine it with Pterostilbene, which is absorbed more easily and takes more time to metabolize.

Indeed, scientists consider Pterostilbene to be a slower version of resveratrol, whose effects last for a lot longer.

Clinical Trials on Pterostilbene

There are many tests done to study the effects of Pterostilbene. In a recent study done in the Spindler Lab at the University of California, it was used on mice, to test its effects on longevity.  The results were generally positive, although it wasn’t established with a degree of certainty that the compound increased longevity. Many more tests are being done on the compound, and it is hoped that we might get to see more clarity on this.

The Many Health Benefits of Pterostilbene

Pterostilbene

As discussed above Pterostilbene is a compound that is similar to resveratrol and offers many of the same health benefits, except that it is even more powerful. It offers powerful anti-aging benefits, the extent of which are as yet not known to scientists. Here are some of the many health benefits of Pterostilbene.

#1: It is good for the heart

According to a 2012 study on the effects of Pterostilbene on the heart, published in Apoptosis, it was found that this compound acted against atherosclerosis or the hardening of the arteries. 

The compound has since been tested on human cells and mince and it has been found to inhibit the buildup of bad cholesterol or LDL cholesterol.

It is also believed to prevent oxidative stress, which is a highly destructive biological process that’s considered to be one of the factors causing heart disease.

 

#2: It may prevent or reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a condition that is known to affect many seniors. It is marked by a severe cognitive decline, which gets worse as one gets older. A study published on the Neurobiology of Aging in 2012 reported that Pterostilbene could improve cognitive function by fighting inflammation. Tests are still being done on this.

 

#3: It exhibits cancer fighting properties

A 2012 study published in the Journal of Surgical Research reported that Pterostilbene had powerful anti-cancer effects. It was found in the study that the compound helped to slow down the growth of cancerous cells by altering the cell cycles, and inducing apoptosis.

Apoptosis is defined as a type of programmed cell death, which stops the proliferation of cancer cells. The compound was also found to prevent metastasis, or the spread of cancer from one part of the body to another.

Since Pterostilbene is a powerful antioxidant, it plays a vital role in preventing cancer. There are many studies done on the compound on human cells and animals that show that it may inhibit the growth of colon cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer.

 

#4: It lowers cholesterol levels

In many laboratory tests in which animals were fed blueberries (which is rich in Pterostilbene), it was found that they exhibited lower levels of cholesterol and lipids. There are many scientists who say that this compound is more potent than many cholesterol lowering drugs.

 

#5: It’s good for the brain

There are tests that show that animals that were fed on a diet of blueberries were able to reverse mental decline. Researchers say that Pterostilbene makes you sharper and more focused, and improves your mental clarity. It improves the health of the brain cells, supports motor functions and gives a boost to the cognitive function in adults suffering from frequent memory losses.

 

#6: It has anti-inflammatory properties

Pterostilbene is a powerful anti-oxidant, and this makes it particularly effective as an anti-inflammatory agent. Inflammation is the root cause of a number of diseases. This compound reverses inflammation, fights a variety of diseases and ailments, and restores the health of the internal organs of the body.   

 

#7: Supports blood sugar levels

There are a number of studies that show that consumption of blueberries improved blood sugar levels. In a recent study, 97 adults took Pterostilbene supplements for 3 months. By the end of the third month, it was found that 67% of the participants in the study had normal blood sugar (or glucose) levels.

 

#8: It slows down the worst effects of aging, much like red wine (resveratrol)

Pterostilbene is a powerful antioxidant, which, like resveratrol, is known to slow down the effects of aging. It improves cognitive ability in older adults, controls blood sugar levels and fights inflammation. It has powerful therapeutic effects and promotes faster healing from disease. While most studies are still inconclusive about this, there are many scientists who say that this compound improves longevity.

 

#9: It is good for weight loss

There was a study published in the Journal of the Agricultural and Food Chemistry, where a team of researchers studied the effects of Pterostilbene on lab mice. They were particularly interested in the impact the compound had on body fat and obesity. They found that the compound exhibited significant anti-obesity properties, largely because it caused reduced lipogenesis in adipose tissue and higher fatty acid oxidation in the liver.

 

How to Take Pterostilbene? What’s the Recommended Dosage?

Grapes and blueberries are rich sources of Pterostilbene. However, you may not be able to consume as many grapes and blueberries as you would need to get all the health benefits of this compound on a daily basis. That’s why you should consider taking Pterostilbene supplements.

You should consult with your doctor for more on this. Generally, a dosage of 50 to 100 mg a day of Pterostilbene is recommended by most doctors.

 

Caution

There are no known side effects of Pterostilbene. However, you shouldn’t attempt to self-treat a chronic condition such as diabetes with this supplement. If you have an underlying disease for which you are already taking medication, consult with your doctor first, before taking Pterostilbene supplements.

Other than that, you shouldn’t have any problem with these supplements. You can have as many grapes and blueberries as you like, without any side effects of any sort.  To truly get the benefits of Pterostilbene, you shouldn’t take blueberries with milk or dairy products, as they inhibit the effects of Pterostilbene.

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By Hot Health January 9, 2017 20:01
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