The Truth about Resveratrol
June 24th, 2015 by Holly Cornish
It was discovered in 1939 in the roots of white hellebore, a poisonous Japanese plant. A scientist named Michio Takaoka collected it from the Hokkaido Island of Japan and used crystallization to isolate what later became known as resveratrol.
After that, the substance went unnoticed for over 30 years. Then modern scientists began investigating resveratrol in earnest as a potential medicine. This came after it was discovered that grape vines produce resveratrol as a response to fungal infection.
First seen as a heart supplement, research has gone on to show resveratrol may also stop new cancer cells from forming—and could potentially kill a variety of existing cancer cells, too. Today I want to share exciting new findings that suggest all of us could benefit from taking it.
Breast Cancer Survivor was told:
“You’ll be dead in a year”
(Pssst!! That was 12 years ago!)?
Doctors didn’t give Wiltrude much hope when they diagnosed her with cancer in the year 2000. Wiltrude, a German psychologist, never thought cancer would happen to her. But it did. And it came as a big shock.
One doctor told her, “You’ll be dead in a year.” Late stage breast cancer is virtually incurable using conventional treatments. Even M.D.s admit it. They talk about “buying you more time.” (Don’t count on it. The evidence shows you’re better off doing nothing than chemo.)
When Wiltrude told her doctor she was going to try alternative treatments, he said, “You are committing suicide with what you’re doing.” But she was determined to find a way to beat her cancer.
Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, this European woman came across a book by my good friend Bill Henderson, one of the smartest and wisest people I know when it comes to cancer treatment.
She tried Bill’s top, number one recommendation — a gentle treatment you can do at home for just $5.15 a day. What’s more, the cost goes down to $3.50 after six weeks because you just need a maintenance dose. And it even tastes good.
Not only has Wiltrude passed the five-year cancer survival mark, she’s survived for 12 years. We just interviewed her recently for this publication. The radiologist who tests her every year told her, “You’re the only one with this kind of result.”
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When I ask him about some of the treatments that top alternative doctors use, Bill sort of shrugs and says, “They’re fine, but why bother? My treatment works, you can do it yourself, and it costs practically nothing.”
He’s coached thousands of cancer patients with all different types and stages of cancer. Most of the people who follow the detailed, specific plan in this Special Report get over their cancer and live for years.
“Almost any kind of cancer is reversible,” says Bill. “I never give up on anyone.”
Nature’s sidekick in disease protection
Resveratrol is one of a category of plant compounds called polyphenols. You’ll find high concentrations of resveratrol in red wine, grapes, raspberries, peanuts, and other plants.
These plants produce resveratrol to protect themselves from fungus, as well as other infections and diseases. And that’s exactly why this same compound is so effective for humans: it helps prevent damage on a cellular level.
Research shows resveratrol has the power to protect an organism from disease before it even hits. It does this by eliminating the damaging free radicals that contribute to illnesses like cancer.
Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that steal electrons from other cells to stabilize themselves. The victim cells, which are then missing electrons, become damaged and unstable — which can make you vulnerable to a variety of diseases and to general aging.
Research shows resveratrol can protect you from heart problems, thanks to its ability to reduce inflammation and blood clotting. It’s also believed to protect nerve cells from the plaque buildup that sometimes leads to Alzheimer’s, and may even prevent insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes.
It might even protect from the hazards of modern living!
Rodent studies suggest resveratrol could protect the body against the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle, including obesity-related health problems. It’s believed resveratrol activates the SIRT1gene, which protects your body against the negative effects of aging and obesity.
In terms of cancer, resveratrol is believed to help limit the spread of cancer cells and to trigger apoptosis, or cancer cell death. The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University recently pointed out that preclinical studies show resveratrol has numerous biological benefits and can inhibit the growth of cancer cells in lab cultures as well as in animal models.
Another potential benefit of resveratrol is its ability to stop certain enzymes called matrix metalloproteinases. These enzymes help cancerous cells invade normal tissue. Resveratrol has also been found to stop angiogenesis, the process in which invasive tumors try to develop their own network of blood vessels to feed their growth.
So far, resveratrol has been able to inhibit the spread of the following types of cancer: breast, prostate, stomach, colon, pancreatic, and thyroid. Animal model experiments included resveratrol administered orally, topically, and by injection — all three of which seem to inhibit cancers induced in the animals (such as cancer of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, skin, breast, prostate, and lung).
At present, the drug companies don’t consider resveratrol commercially viable. It’s not possible to make a synthetic version, which means no drug company is interested in sponsoring research. As a result, there haven’t been many human studies, and not much is known about possible side effects.
But the stuff is still powerful, believed to be not only harmless, but also an unquestionable ally in the fight against disease. I would like to see more human studies, but the evidence we’ve got is pretty persuasive.
Best sources for resveratrol
Red wine is the most popular food source of resveratrol. There’s a tendency to assume that resveratrol is the “magic ingredient” in red wine, but wine contains many other compounds and we can’t be sure the dramatic results found in some studies are due to resveratrol alone.
There are other problems with trying to get a daily dose of resveratrol by drinking wine. Concentrations of the compound vary widely from one wine to the next (from 0.2 to 2.0 milligrams — a tiny amount in any case).
Wine is also too rich in sugar, implicated in many diseases including cancer and diabetes. I’ve put myself on record many times as saying that so-called “moderate” drinking — one glass a day for women, as much as two for men — is too much. And, of course, for people prone to addiction, it’s out of the question.
You’d still be consuming the sugar, but drinking grape juice or simply eating grapes is a healthier way to get resveratrol than drinking alcohol. The grapes don’t have to be fermented. And here’s an interesting fact: Red wine has higher amounts of resveratrol than white wine because red wine is fermented with the grape skins. It’s the skins that are rich in resveratrol.
Other good food sources for resveratrol include blueberries, raspberries, and mulberries. You can also get it from eating peanuts or peanut butter — a small amount, about .13 milligrams per cup.
Dark chocolate is another potential source, as long as you get true dark chocolate. Just steer clear of dark chocolate that says “processed with alkali” on the nutrition label. Called “dutching,” this type of processing robs the chocolate of most of its flavanols. Look for chocolate that’s 80% cacao and up. I eat 100 percent dark chocolate — so called baker’s chocolate — no added sugar or milk. And, yes, I like it.
I suspect a diet rich in these foods may be enough to give you a daily therapeutic dose of resveratrol (dosages haven’t really been established). Rather than drink the large amounts of red wine needed to achieve a therapeutic effect, another option is to take a good resveratrol supplement. The supplements can vary in quality, so it’s wise to dig into your pocket and buy a high-quality brand such as Life Extension