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Here's Why Resveratrol is Natures Most Amazing "Cure All" Remedy!
March 24, 2018

Resveratrol – Why You Need it and How it Helps Extend Your Life…

Greetings everyone, and a warm welcome to our March edition of Life Saving Health Solutions - and an extra special welcome to all of our new subscribers. Thank you for being a part of our health circle and I sincerely hope you enjoy the information I’ll be sharing with you today.

I want to get straight into this. Today I’m going to be talking about the powerful health benefits of resveratrol. All of you red wine lovers are sure to enjoy this because it will give you a legitimate excuse to be drinking more of the red stuff. Here's why…

Resveratrol is an amazing naturally occurring substance that’s found in the vines, roots, seeds, skins and stalks of grapes, peanuts, mulberries, the Japanese knotweed plant, and several other plants. Resveratrol, along with other polyphenols (antioxidants) including quercetin, catechins, gallocatechins, procyanidins and prodelphidins are extracted from the seeds and skins of red grapes, and of course, are also found in red wine. Commercial resveratrol supplements usually get their resveratrol from the Japanese knotweed plant.

Resveratrol is a phytoalexin, meaning, it’s a substance produced by plants in response to an injury or fungal infection. Basically, it acts as a defense against pathogens that want to harm the plant. What’s really exciting is resveratrol has anti-microbial activity for humans as well. Research has shown that resveratrol improves heart and cardiovascular health, significantly reduces the risk of cancer, fights infections, and actually increases our life span.

Resveratrol and Living Longer…

Recent research has found resveratrol may trigger a genetic expression that assists in extending human life span. This is the similar “life extension effect” associated with calorie restricted diets. Restricting calorie intake in laboratory animals has been shown to prolong their life span by as much as 60%. The same effect has not been overwhelmingly proven in humans yet, but the research is ongoing and looks very promising. Restricted calorie diets, however, do lack popularity for obvious reasons. No one likes starving themselves. The possibility that resveratrol may provide a similar benefit though has produced great interest.

Recent organism studies show resveratrol activates the molecular pathways that are involved in life-span extension. This effect has been demonstrated in yeast, worms, flies, fish, and mice. While this outcome hasn’t been demonstrated in humans, studies are continuing and initial results are encouraging. Research with mice found that resveratrol is able to reduce the harmful effects of high calorie diets, including metabolic changes caused by diabetes, liver and heart damage, and can even delay the onset of premature death from these conditions. Resveratrol enhances ones health and supports longevity via multiple means, including potent antioxidant effects/free radical scavenging, significant boosting of cellular energy production, and the influence of gene expression patterns similar to caloric restriction.

Resveratrol and Heart Health…

Resveratrol and other polyphenols in wine are believed to be responsible for the so-called French Paradox. The French Paradox, the fact that the rate of coronary heart disease mortality in France is much lower than what it is in other industrialized countries, has been attributed to the high amount of red wine consumed by the French. While I’m not a big fan of regular alcohol consumption, I do believe that if you’re going to indulge in this practice, red wine is definitely your best option. The only down side is the high amount of harmful preservatives contained in most bottled red wines (you can get preservative free red wine though).

Resveratrol works by inhibiting the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. It also inhibits smooth muscle cell proliferation and prevents platelet aggregation (blood platelets becoming sticky). In addition to this, resveratrol reduces the synthesis of lipids in the liver and inhibits the production of proatherogenic eicosanoids by human platelets and neutrophils. So basically, it helps maintain healthy levels of blood lipids and cholesterol, along with preventing the formation of arterial plaque (thereby reducing/preventing the hardening and thickening of arterial walls).

It’s believed that many of the beneficial effects of resveratrol are the result of its powerful antioxidant properties. These include the inhibition of LDL cholesterol oxidation and the increase in nitric oxide synthesis. Nitric oxide is crucial for vasodilation (dilation of blood vessels) and proper circulation.

The inhibition of platelet aggregation means a reduction in the tendency to form blood clots. Resveratrol, therefore, helps to reduce the frequency and severity of heart attacks and strokes, along with preventing conditions such as deep vein thrombosis. Resveratrol has even been recommended as an alternative to low dose aspirin for treating these conditions.

Resveratrol – A Powerful Antioxidant…

Resveratrol has been found to exert a strong inhibitory effect on superoxide anions (damaging pro-oxidants) and hydrogen peroxide production. It’s also been found to decrease pro-inflammatory arachidonic acid release and has potent hydroxyl-radical scavenging activity and glutathione-sparing activity. These benefits make resveratrol one of the most, if not THE MOST powerful antioxidants discovered thus far.

Cancer and Resveratrol…

Resveratrol is being actively researched as both a cancer preventive and cancer treatment. Resveratrol is a broad-spectrum agent that stops cancer in lots of different ways, including blocking estrogen and androgen hormones, along with modulating genes. Recent research shows that resveratrol kills cancer cells regardless of whether they do or don’t have the tumor suppressor gene. It also works regardless of whether cancer cells are estrogen receptor-positive or negative. Cancer types that are known to be responsive to resveratrol include colon, neuroblastoma, esophageal, breast (all types), prostate (all types), leukemia, bone, skin, pancreas, ovarian, melanoma, liver, lung, stomach, oral, cervical, lymphoma and thyroid cancer.

In addition to its direct anti-cancer properties, resveratrol also acts as a synergist for other cancer treatments. For example, vitamin D3 converts to a steroid that inhibits the growth of breast cancer cells, and researchers have found that resveratrol significantly increases the effect of vitamin D. Other research shows that resveratrol causes drug-resistant non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer cells to become susceptible to chemotherapy drugs. Further research shows that resveratrol inhibits the ability of cancer cells to metastasize (spread), particularly to the bones.

The typical Western diet contains a disproportionate amount of linoleic acid. Our bodies convert a small amount of dietary linoleic acid to arachidonic acid, which is then converted to hormone-like substances that promote inflammatory processes known to stimulate cancer cell growth. In a study from Japan, resveratrol inhibited the growth of breast cancer cells and blocked the cancer growth-promoting effects of linoleic acid and arachidonic acid.

Alzheimer's and Resveratrol…

Alzheimer's patients produce an abnormal protein known as beta-amyloid in their brains. Beta-amyloid causes increased levels of free radicals and oxidative stress, which in turn damages and kills brain cells. It’s been discovered that resveratrol protects the brain against oxidative stress and keeps brain cells alive and healthy. Research shows that adding additional antioxidants to resveratrol provides an even greater degree of protection than from just using the resveratrol on its own. Additional antioxidants include vitamins C and E.

Researchers have also discovered that resveratrol actually promotes the clearance/removal of any amyloid-beta molecules that may have already formed in the brain. It apparently destroys these amyloid-beta’s by producing intracellular proteasomes that attack and dissolve the amyloid-beta plaque. Researchers have also found that resveratrol activates a gene that prolongs lifespan and that this same gene protects the brain from damage caused by amyloid-beta plaque. What this means is not only can resveratrol protect the brain from dementia related diseases such as Alzheimer’s, it may even be able to reverse these conditions.

Resveratrol and Herpes Family Viruses…

Resveratrol has shown strong activity against HSV1 and HSV2 in a dose-dependent manner. It appears to disrupt a critical early event in the viral reproduction cycle. Resveratrol was found to inhibit herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 replication by the direct inactivation of HSV. Resveratrol was most effective when added within 1 hour of cell infection and was not found to be effective if added 9 hours after infection. Resveratrol was also found to delay the cell cycle reproduction and inhibit the reactivation of the virus. In another study, researchers tested a 19% resveratrol cream on skin and vaginal herpes lesions in mice and compared the results with topical acyclovir. The results were the same for both substances.

More Health Benefits of Resveratrol…

Astonishingly, there have now been more than 4000 studies on the benefits of resveratrol to date proving that it helps protect the entire body. Here’s more of the powerful health benefits of resveratrol that you might want to consider…

• Resveratrol is Anti-Aging

• Resveratrol Combats Obesity

• Resveratrol Helps With Glucose Balance

• Resveratrol Helps Strengthen Bones

• Resveratrol Helps With Liver Health

• Resveratrol Protects Against Radiation

• Resveratrol Helps With Muscle Growth

• Resveratrol Increases Sex Hormones

• Resveratrol Prevents Hearing Loss

• Resveratrol is an Excellent Acne Treatment

• Resveratrol Helps Fight Infections (anti-viral, anti-fungal & anti-bacterial)

• Resveratrol Enhances Vitamin D Absorption

• Resveratrol Helps Treat Depression

• Resveratrol Increases Longevity (Already Mentioned)

Resveratrol Precautions…

Since resveratrol is known to inhibit platelet aggregation and blood clot formation, people with bleeding disorders or anyone taking anti-coagulant medication should consult their physician first before taking resveratrol supplements. The potential interaction of resveratrol with these conditions is unknown at this stage.

Resveratrol Dosage…

An obvious question is, "what dosage of resveratrol is necessary to gain the health benefits?" Some of the research with mice was done with a dosage of 22.4 mg’s per kg of body weight. That’s the equivalent of 1629 mg for a 160 pound adult human. Another study found similar results with an equivalent dose of 124 mg a day for a 160 pound adult. Other sources claim positive results with doses of 20 mg’s per day for humans. Translating dosages from animals to humans is an art at best and definitive dose ranging studies are still lacking. However, the best rule of thumb is to follow the directions listed on the container by the manufacturer. Do this and you can’t go wrong. Here’s some of the best resveratrol supplements currently on the market if you’re interested… Pure Organic Resveratrol Supplements

So what about getting your resveratrol from natural sources like wine? It takes approximately 10 glasses of red wine to equal the resveratrol contained in one 20 mg capsule. The negative effect of wine is that alcohol is of course detrimental to our health when consumed in excess. However, I see no problem with taking a good quality resveratrol supplement every day combined with a glass or two of Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz.

You still have to live!

In addition, if you are going to drink red wine, make sure the grapes are organically grown. The wide spread use of pesticides and fungicides in vineyards has unfortunately led to a drastic reduction in the resveratrol content of wine. Remember what I said earlier. Resveratrol is produced in the grapes as a defense against damage and fungus attack. With no bugs and fungus, the grapes don't need to make resveratrol. So, if you’re looking for wine or grapes or growing your own, go organic and go for humid conditions that promote fungus. It’s possible that grape varieties which are naturally fungus resistant may also be higher in resveratrol, so these are okay to consume as well.

And remember, preservative free wine only!

This Just In…

Experts Say “Throw Away Your Non-Stick Pots and Pans and Replace Them With Cast-Iron!"

Cast-iron skillets may seem like an old-fashioned choice in the kitchen, but this proven and dependable cookware is a “must” in the modern kitchen. Cast-iron skillets conduct heat beautifully, go from stovetop to oven no problems - and best of all, last for ages. The powerful health benefits of using cast-iron pots and pans over their toxic non-stick counterparts are the biggest reason why you should make the switch as soon as you can.

Here’s 3 of the main reasons why you should throw away those Teflon and aluminium pots and pans straight away and replace them with cast iron…

1. You can cook with less/no oil when you use a cast-iron skillet.

That nice sheen on cast-iron cookware is the sign of a well-seasoned pan, which also makes it virtually non-stick. The health bonus, of course, is that you don’t need to use lots of oil to brown crispy potatoes or sear chicken when cooking with cast-iron.

2. Cast iron is a chemical-free alternative to non-stick pans.

As I said, this is the biggest reason why you should replace your non-stick pots and pans with cast-iron. The main benefit of using cast-iron pots and pans in place of the non-stick varieties is you avoid the harmful (deadly) chemicals found in non-stick cookware. The repellent coating that keeps food from sticking to non-stick pots and pans contains PFCs (perfluorocarbons), a chemical that’s now been strongly linked to liver damage, cancer, developmental problems, and according to a 2011 study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, early onset menopause for women.

PFCs get released, then inhaled by us (from the fumes), when we use non-stick pots and pans. Likewise, we ingest PFC’s when the surface of the pan gets scratched. Both regular and ceramic-coated cast-iron pans are excellent alternatives to non-stick pans for this reason.

3. Cooking with cast iron fortifies your food with essential iron.

While cast iron doesn’t leach chemicals, it can leach some of the iron into your food. This is actually a good thing. Iron deficiency is extremely common worldwide, especially among women. In fact, 10 percent of American women are chronically iron-deficient. Cooking food, particularly acidic foods such as tomato sauce in a cast-iron pot can increase the iron content by as much as 20 times.

Thankfully, you can still buy cast iron cookware, quite easily in fact. It’s actually making a strong comeback due, in most part, to the reasons listed above. Some of the best places to find iron cookware are swap meets and garage sales. Here you can pick up cast iron pots and pans for virtually nothing!

And This...

Commercial Muffins 'Could Have Days’ Worth of Sugar…

Researchers have discovered that many muffins, particularly blueberry muffins, sold by most cafes and supermarkets contain way more than the recommended daily intake of sugar for adults and kids. An examination by Action on Sugar and the Obesity Health Alliance back in January found many of these muffins contain a staggering seven teaspoons or more of sugar! The recommended daily limit for adults is only seven (which is still too high), and for children it’s even less. Health experts say these results show it’s "all too easy" to consume "huge" amounts of refined sugar.

Researchers analyzed 28 muffins sold at food outlets in train stations and the main food chains and found that 61% of these contained six teaspoons or more of sugar, which is the recommended daily limit for children aged between 7 and 10 years old. They also found muffins bought at train station retailers had 19% more sugar per portion and were 32% bigger than those bought in supermarkets. Caroline Cerny, from the Obesity Health Alliance, said: "We may think grabbing a blueberry muffin is a reasonably healthy option for a snack on the go compared to other cakes or a chocolate bar - yet the figures suggest otherwise. There is huge variation in both the size of muffins and the sugar content, and with limited nutrition labelling, it's all too easy to eat a huge amount of sugar in just one serving."

The most sugary products found came from these retailers…

McDonalds: (Portion size not stated) - Equivalent of eight teaspoons of sugar

Pret A Manger: (124g) - Eight teaspoons

Caffe Nero: (115g) - Seven teaspoons

Tesco: (82g) - Seven teaspoons

Starbucks: (122g) - Seven teaspoons

The least sugary products found came from these stores…

M&S: Portion size (65g) - Three teaspoons of sugar

Co Op: (64g) - Four teaspoons

Aldi: (75g) - Five teaspoons

Asda: (not stated) - Five teaspoons

Pumpkin: (92g) - Five teaspoons

The research also revealed a distinct lack of nutrition labelling on a number of muffins, both those sold in stations and in supermarkets. Both Action on Sugar and the Obesity Health Alliance are now calling for manufacturers to reduce the amount of sugar in their food. This would be in line with the government's plans to cut the level by 20% in common products by 2020. They’re also calling for bold “front-of-the-pack” nutrition labelling to be mandatory across all products, rather than the current small back-of-the-pack labelling.

The NHS recommends these sugar limits and guidelines…

Children aged four to six: Five teaspoons of sugar per day.

Children seven to ten: Maximum of six teaspoons a day.

Adults: No more than seven teaspoons per day.

Well, that's it for today. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter (and go easy on that chocolate!). Stay safe and stay healthy!

All the best,




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After being struck down with a severe and debilitating illness at the age of 26 and told by medical doctors that nothing more could be done for him, Troy Sawyer was left to search for his own cure, which he did find through natural recovery methods. Following three years of extensive research into nutritional therapies, he discovered that a deficiency of certain essential nutrients was the cause of his illness. Once remedied, Troy’s health returned to even greater levels than before his ailment.

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