Resveratrol: The Secret to Youth and Longevity

The benefits of red wine have been known throughout the world for quite sometime now. However, what is in red wine that makes it so beneficial? The answer is resveratrol. Clinical studies have recently proven the wonderful benefits of resveratrol, which spurred manufacturers to market this substance alone as a pill. Now, just one pill has the benefits of more than a hundred glasses of red wine without any intoxication or hangover the following day. Even though resveratrol’s benefits range from weight loss to fighting cancer; what makes it so unique is its ability to keep the body youthful and increase longevity.

Resveratrol may be hard to pronounce, but it’s easy to understand why it should be added to your daily diet. Resveratrol helps fight diabetes and aids in weight loss by keeping the body’s blood sugar levels low and increasing the body’s basal metabolic rate. It also helps fight heart disease by lowering cholesterol, inflammation, and blood clotting factors, all of which increase the chances of a heart attack or stroke. Resveratrol has also been shown to cause apoptosis in abnormal cells, such as in malignant tumors that arise with cancer. Resveratrol also inhibits the growth of the herpes simplex virus by interrupting a step in the early phases of the virus replication cycle. Supplementation with resveratrol has also been proven to significantly reduce plaque formation in mammalian brains, which is what can cause Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. Since resveratrol is an antioxidant, it protects cells from being damaged by radicals in the body, which helps slow down the aging process. The more your cells are protected and stay free of damage, the longer your body will stay healthy and youthful. Last but not least, resveratrol has been shown to stimulate the SIRT1 gene, which is associated with longevity. The expression of this gene has been shown to prolong one’s lifespan through cellular regulation, boosting the immune system, enhancing genomic stability and increasing DNA repair.

The Fountain of Youth has been something people have sought for centuries, but now it is as easy to obtain as going to your local GNC, pharmacy, or any other health food store. I know some people like to drink red wine to wind down at the end of the day, and that is still ok to do even with additional resveratrol supplements. However, don’t forget, the benefits of just one resveratrol capsule is equivalent to that of over 100 glasses of red wine. Thanks for reading, this has been your dose of Vitamin Jas.

Alpha Lipoic Acid: Not Your Average Fatty Acid

I know the name may sound scary and that having acid sounds dangerous, but alpha lipoic acid is a different type of acid. Alpha lipoic acid is what is known as a fatty acid, which are molecules used to produce energy when metabolized in the body. It is a key player in many of our body’s normal functions and when taken as a supplement on a regular basis, it can bring a multitude of health benefits along with it.

As mentioned earlier, alpha lipoic acid helps produce energy in the body. It converts glucose into energy while simultaneously lowering your blood sugar. Energy in exchange for sugar is a very good thing since having high blood sugar can lead to many problems in the long run, such as obesity, nerve damage or even diabetes. Not only does alpha lipoic acid give the body energy, it protects it from damage as well since it also acts as a very potent antioxidant. An antioxidant protects the cells in your body from being damaged by free radicals, which are produced by the oxidation of molecules in your body. Oxidation is a common degradative process that readily occurs in the body, so you can imagine how important having antioxidants in your dietary regimen can be. Alpha lipoic acid is better than your average antioxidant tho because it works in both water and fat, which is significant since 70% of your body is made up of water. Also, alpha lipoic acid can recycle other antioxidants after they have been used up, so it keeps the protective effects going for a long time. Alpha lipoic acid also helps protect the brain and nerves from free radical damage, so it can prevent such diseases as Alzheimer’s or peripheral neuropathy. It can also help prevent cancer since cancer arises from abnormal cell growth, which can be caused from mutagenisis in your DNA due to free radical damage. Along with protecting your body on the inside, alpha lipoic acid serves a huge role in keeping the body looking young on the outside! Since your skin cells are being protected from free radical damage, your skin is kept looking young and healthy for a longer period of time.

You can find alpha lipoic acid at almost any health food market or drugstore. I recommend taking 300mg a day on an empty stomach for better absorption. You don’t have to take it everyday if you don’t want to, but try to make it a part of your daily diet overtime, because the more we age, the more dangerous free radicals are lurking around causing trouble in our bodies. Thanks for reading! This has been your dose of Vitamin Jas.

The Kale Craze

Kale is one of the most nutritious vegetables known to man. Its health benefits have slowly surfaced over the years, giving it its well deserved title as the “queen of greens.” It is an exceptional source of vitamins, antioxidants and fiber making it a nutritional powerhouse and an essential addition to anyone’s daily diet.

Kale, also known as borecole, belongs to the Brassica family that includes cruciferous vegetables such as collards, cabbage, and broccoli. It is packed with numerous vitamins and minerals including:

  1. Vitamin A- for healthy skin and vision
  2. Vitamin C- to build a strong immune system
  3. Vitamin K- to help prevent cancer and improve blood clotting functions
  4. Calicum- to prevent osteoarthrits and maintain bone health
  5. Magnesium- for energy production and a healthy cardiovascular system
  6. Sulfur- to detoxify the body by supporting healthy liver function
  7. Iron- for energy production and proper oxygenation throughout the body

Kale is also packed with fiber, providing 5 grams of fiber in just one cup. Fiber is very beneficial because it helps lower cholesterol, improve digestion and increase regularity. Kale is also a wonderful source of antioxidants, known as carotenoids and flavonoids, that help protect your cells from damage and lower your chances of developing cancer. Last but not least, kale has a high percentage of omega-3, which is a wonderful anti-inflammatory agent that  promotes heart health, mental stability, proper vision, joint function, and healthy hair, skin and nails.

One of my favorite ways to prepare kale is by slicing it into bite size pieces, drizzling a little bit of olive oil on top with a pinch of salt, and baking them for 10-15 minutes. You will come out with healthy and nutritious kale chips that will far surpass the calorie filled, ordinary potato chips out on the market today. I also like to chop kale up into fine pieces with other vegetables such as carrots, zucchini, celery and cucumber to make a delicious and filling salad. Now, go be creative and find out how to incorporate kale into your daily diet. Thanks for reading. This has been your dose of Vitamin Jas.