Vine Vera: the Secret to Youth

Lately mentions of Resveratrol has been everywhere, in news stories and splashed across webpages. This compound is the main ingredient in every product of our luxury skin care brand, VineVera. The innumerable studies showing the health benefits of Resveratrol, especially those associated with its anti-aging effects, inspired the creation of VineVera. When you know that the ingredients you are putting on the largest organ of your body, your skin, are the best you will be confident that your skin will be taken care of.

So what is this seemingly magical compound? Resveratrol is a chemical that various plants produce to fight off attackers, or to withstand lack of water or nutrients. It has been found in various foods, including fruits and nuts, as well as in the roots of Japanese knotweed. Though some believe Resveratrol was first extracted from Japanese knotweed, in face it was initially isolated in 1940 from the roots of a flowering plant called a hellebore by a Japanese scientist. Contemporary experts began researching Resveratrol’s possible medical value in the 1970s. Additional investigation uncovered that plants seem to produce resveratrol in response to stress from injuries or diseases as a protective mechanism. In the early nineties it was proposed that resveratrol’s might be responsible for the cardiovascular benefits of red wine. Since then, hundreds of reports have indicated that resveratrol’s benefits in protecting against diseases and extending life span. Lately Resveratrol popularity is linked to being an ingredient in Vitis vinifera L., or the common grapevine. The greatest concentration of grapevine resveratrol is found in the grape skin, giving red wines a concentration ranging anywhere from 0.2 mg/l to 7.0 mg/l, depending upon the wine.

The studies are impressive:

Health benefits of Resveratrol have been established by numerous studies. Resveratrol is a potent antioxidant over three times more effective than vitamin C and over four and a half times more than vitamin. Resveratrol effectively neutralizes oxidants harmful to health and has been shown to prolong the life of cells by up to 70%. Resveratrol increased the activity of family of enzymes that appear to control aging to treat diseases of aging which can extend the human lifespan. The resveratrol concentrations required to increase the activity of these were higher concentrations than what can be consumed through drinking red wine. Recent research into aging found that small doses of digestable resveratrol altered gene expression in the skeleton, brain, and heart, and also blunted the age-related decline in heart function similar to the life lengthening effects of caloric restriction.

Though the benefits of Resveratrol have been discovered, scientist have just recently begun to understand how Resveratrol operates. They believe Resveratrol assists in boosting the activity of mitochondria, which produces energy within cells, potentially extending their lives. Current studies confirm theories that stimulating proteins known as sirtuins, can increase cell life in the body. Sirtuins, also known as SRT1, are ancient proteins found in virtually all species which can control cell longevity. Triggering sirtuins causes an organisms defense systems to fight disease and prolong life. Scientists had already known that resveratrol, seemed to trigger these proteins. But they were not aware of the exact mechanism by which it did so or how to include the ingredient into solutions for aging. A scientific group led by Dr. David Sinclair of Harvard Medical School, discovered the molecular mechanism for this synergy. These findings are published in Science, the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general-science journal. They have led to observations that Resveratrol stimulates SRT1 directly.

All the health benefits of Resveratrol add up to what is considered the best new tool in our anti-aging arsenal. Increasing the life of cells on your skin will not only make you feel healthy but look youthful and vibrant as well. All this information may lead to the question of whether Resveratrol really is the secret to youth. There have been a lot of scientific studies supporting Resveratrol promoting longevity. Some even compare Resveratrol to the fountain of youth. Dr. Oz explains that Resveratrol works as effectively as caloric restrictions, which can extend life by up to 30 years. The only way real way to find out is to try it for yourself.