Resveratrol and you – this is what you need to know about the ingredient

As you may know, Nutrafol’s supplement contains the ingredient resveratrol. But what you might not know is what resveratrol is. So let’s start there.

What is resveratrol?

Have you ever heard that one glass of red wine per day is good for you? Yes? Good. Did you ever wonder why it is good for you? The answer is resveratrol. Resveratrol is a substance that naturally occurs in the skin of red grapes as well as other fruits. However, it is a common misconception that red wine is a healthy drink, due to resveratrol content. In reality red wine contains very little, especially if the grapes are machine process, as most are these days.

So yes, a glass of red wine per day is good for you in other terms. But if you are drinking it because of the resveratrol, then you would actually be much better off just eating the grapes.

Dark chocolate is also rich in resveratrol. So next time your sweet tooth kicks in, make sure to buy a chocolate with a decent amount of cacao. The higher percentage, the more volume of resveratrol.

What has been said…

Scientists have been busy lately researching the benefits of resveratrol and much is being discovered about this substance. Findings have shown that it has a wide range of benefits that could actually pave the way for a new generation of highly effective drugs. This substance can help with everything from hair to diabetes to obesity even and in some cases may even combat cancer.

 

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Red wine and dark chocolate are two things that contain resveratrol.

But it all started…

With Michio Takaoka, the discoverer of resveratrol, followed by David Sinclair. It was David that introduced his ground breaking research that showed that resveratrol has many potential pharmaceutical uses. One such area of research has been into its link to a group of enzymes known as sirtuins, which can create proteins that regenerate cells.
Sirtuins are localized within the mitochondria. Mitochondrion are the parts of a cell where cellular respiration and energy production occur, and are associated with the overall health of the organism. Your overall health.

So if the mitochondrion is improved, it can have a variety of benefits on your wellness. And that promotes positive overall physical health.

Resveratrol is also known as a flavonoid, a class of phytochemicals that has been shown to have significant health benefits. Based on resveratrol’s potential to promote overall health, there are significant implications in its ability to help with hair thinning.

How is this possible?

Scientists are studying resveratrol as a potential treatment for diseases such as cancer. It is also being studied for its effectiveness in reducing the effects of aging in humans. When tested on rodents, resveratrol has shown to have a positive impact on age-related diseases.

As more studies continue to suggest the benefits of resveratrol, you may consider adding a supplement that contains resveratrol to your diet to support your health and your hair.

 

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Have you heard about phytonutrients? – This is what you need to know!

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Phytonutrients have the abilities to increase production of signaling molecules that stimulate the follicles, to enter into the growth phase of the hair cycle. But, what do we know about these nutrients and how do they affect you?

What are phytonutrients?

Phytonutrients are chemicals produced by plants. They are also called phytochemicals. Plants use phytonutrients to stay healthy. For example, these chemicals protect plants from insect attacks, while others protect against radiation from UV rays. They can also provide significant benefits for you. Phytonutrient-rich foods include colorful fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, tea, whole grains and many spices. They have a positive effect on skin and hair but are not considered nutrients that are essential for life.

What are the benefits of phytonutrients?

One of the many benefits of phytonutrients are their antioxidant properties. It enhances immunity and intercellular communication. It repairs DNA damage from exposure to toxins, detoxify carcinogens and alter estrogen metabolism. Research made by The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that consuming a phytonutrient-rich diet seems to be an effective strategy, for reducing cancer and heart disease risks.

According to Louis Premkumar, a professor of pharmacology, a good way to tell if a fruit or vegetable is rich in phytonutrients can be by its color. This because many phytonutrients actually give plants their pigments. So keep an extra eye for deep-hued foods like berries, dark greens, melons and spices.

 

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Healthy spread of green vegetables for a healthy phytonutrients-rich life.

Understanding the effectiveness

For centuries, there have been implications that healthy food garnished with exotic spices and condiments provides vital ingredients. Vital ingredients that help ward off diseases and promote longevity, Premukar explains. People who consume healthy diets, have enjoyed health benefits, using longevity as a metric, he continued. There is evidence that a diet high in phytonutrient-rich plant foods is good for you and your overall health.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), studies demonstrate the effectiveness of a diet full of phytonutrient-rich foods. Although, scientists are still trying to understand the specific mechanisms of how phytonutrients work.

According to Premkumar, there has not been enough randomized, large-scale clinical trials undertaken. And even when they are it can sometimes be difficult to quantify the results.
The health benefits from phytonutrients have to be taken seriously he continues.  Government agencies like the USDA, NIH and several health organizations seem to agree, and encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Why not take advantage of the potential benefits from these foods?

According to Premkumar, what we do know is that the beneficial effects of phytonutrients will be seen over months or years, and not immediately. He pointed out that they as well as other healthy compounds like vitamins and minerals, can only prevent or delay developing diseases. Once a disease has manifested, the only option to combat is to consult with a medical advisor.