Go ahead, indulge!
Resveratrol has gotten a lot of attention lately both in the health food circles and in the lab. Long valued as an antioxidant with various health benefits, in recent studies it has shown an ability to mimic the antiaging effects of drastic calorie restricted diets. I have here a nice little snack tip for stealing a little bit of these impressive benefits for yourself.
Calorie restriction with adequate nutrition (CRAN) is a regimen which has shown to provide dramatic longevity benefits in nearly all species tested to date. This differs from the simple reduction of calories recommended to dieters – CRAN advocates cut up to 30 or 40% of the total from their diet. The results have been outstanding: in mice, dogs and even now primates it has shown a 25% or greater hike in their lifespan, with an associated increase in strength, energy and vitality. They also show increased immunity, increased growth hormone and protein synthesis, better glucose and insulin control and increased natural internal antioxidant enzyme production. Sounds pretty good to me.
The only trouble is, maintaining such a restrictive diet has shown to be difficult for most people. ( I tried it for a while and settled eventually for about a 20% cut) Strict advocates of the diet often report symptoms such as: feeling cold, always hungry, and an ultra thin wiry physical appearance. It is a pretty big cost to pay even though the benefits are compelling.
So in resveratrol we have a nutrient that can mimic the benefits of calorie restriction without all the bother. And of course the sources of this polyphenol are attractive too – it is present in red wine, blueberries and nuts and dark chocolate. My personal solution is to combine them all in a snack, adding a direct supplement to the mix. You thus indulge in a great tasting natural and supplemental extract blast that undoubtedly will maximize the health benefits possible with calorie restriction. Also:
Calorie restricted animals invariably show dramatic weight loss and healthy physiques. What a surprize! And in some studies this benefit has also been realized with resveratrol supplementation. One possible factor: resveratrol stimulates adeponectin, an important hormone that regulates blood sugar and may work synergistically with leptin in controlling appetite and obesity. Obese individuals show very low adeponectin levels.
For my daily shot of resveratrol I usually start with a small handful of peanuts, usually in the evening while watching the tube. I sometimes substitute whole wheat chips and salsa; then I wash it down with a resveratrol/quercetin supplement and a glass of pomegranate juice with blueberries. (quercetin, found in apples and onions [salsa] works synergistically with resveratrol, making it more biologically available) Heres my personal pomegranate potion: sweet
If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to the typical evening snack and want to turn on the antiaging powers of this healthy concoction by all means give it a try. Your body will thank you in the long run. Cheers!