The older you get, the more wrinkles you “earn.” That’s what conventional wisdom tells us.
But you don’t have to resign yourself to living with sagging, wrinkled skin for the rest of your life. In fact, there are people who are over 60 with absolutely wrinkle-free skin. My father has a close friend who’s well into his 60s and doesn’t look a day over 45. He’s been around so long that we call him “Uncle Jon.” But he’s never changed since the day I met him. His face is tan and free of lines. And he’s sharp and in shape.
Scientists have been trying to figure out why some people – like “Uncle Jon” – don’t seem to age like the rest of us. And there is emerging evidence that a class of proteins called sirtuins are the cause.
The evidence gathered so far points in one direction: if you know how to activate your sirtuins, you too can turn back the clock.
Slowing the Hands of Time
Sirtuins send signals to our cells that work to combat the effects of aging. Researchers theorize that this is how they slow down the process of cell death and give your body more time to repair DNA damage.
Studies show that the critical catalyst in this process is a compound known as resveratrol.
Resveratrol appears to activate a gene that “turns on” our sirtuins. And once that’s activated, you don’t have to accept wrinkles. In fact, you can lose facial lines with each passing year. The trick is making sure your body gets the resveratrol it needs. Back up please
“Drinking red wine is one way to benefit from resveratrol,” says THB panel expert Dr. Al Sears. “I also recommend adding foods rich in resveratrol to your diet. It’s found in plums, grapes, blueberries, and cranberries.”
Resveratrol is an antioxidant which science shows beats the aging process like no other. If it were man-made, it would be a miracle drug. But it’s not… because it’s 100 percent natural. And it’s also safe and effective. In fact, a recent study shows it has 17 times more anti-aging power than man-made CoQ10.
Wave Goodbye to Crow’s Feet
Study after study show that resveratrol makes you look younger. Medical experts are keen to promote its age-defying properties. But resveratrol doesn’t just battle the aging process by activating sirtuins… it’s loaded with other anti-aging benefits.
So why can resveratrol turn back the clock so much better than man-made CoQ10? Because it is more effective at removing free radicals that damage skin cells. It’s those damaged skin cells which lead to wrinkles and dull skin. Not just that… it breaks down collagen to give your skin that healthy, youthful glow.
Dr. Richard Baxter – a board certified plastic surgeon and leader in the field – authored one study of resveratrol.
“A couple of years ago, I tested a skin care product containing resveratrol,” says Dr. Baxter. “Prevage had tested their formula against all other antioxidants out there: alpha lipoic acid, vitamins, you name it. Prevage announced that it was the strongest antioxidant on the market.”
However, Dr. Baxter and his team were convinced that “there [were] better antioxidants out there.” They began studying resveratrol in a series of tests. And their studies revealed some surprising results.
“Using a standard antioxidant test called ORAC we found that the resveratrol product was 17 times stronger,” he says. Dr. Baxter’s study blew those older claims out of the water. Resveratrol became the most effective antioxidant in the pack.
His findings also convinced him that natural foods are the best source of antioxidants. “It makes the most sense to just eat whole foods with antioxidants already in.”
He recommends the following foods as good sources of resveratrol:
- pigmented berries
- pomegranate juice
- red wine
Dr. Baxter’s study proved that resveratrol can help turn back the clock. And he recommends you begin that process by enjoying a glass of red wine!
Dr. Sears points out another easy way to get resveratrol… through supplements.
“A good dose is 10 mg per day,” says Dr. Sears. “It has never been associated with any worrisome side effects. You can take it any time of day, with or without food.”
To your best health,
Editorial Director, NHD “Health Watch”