People often say they hate getting older. But what they really mean is that they hate the illnesses and disabilities that come with age.
We can’t turn back the clock. But we can control what time does to our bodies.
Pterostilbene is one powerful way to do that.
Pterostilbene (pronounced tare-oh-STILL-bean) is a compound found in fruits and nuts. Blueberries especially.
It’s an antioxidant that is even more effective than the much-praised resveratrol. Antioxidants fight the free radicals that cause biological damage and contribute to aging.
A study in BMC Medical Genomics looked at pterostilbene’s effects on molecular pathways in the body. Researchers concluded that the compound could help people live longer, healthier lives.[i]
Pterostilbene’s impressive benefits include…
- Cancer prevention. An article published in the Journal of Surgical Research concluded that pterostilbene fights the growth of several common malignancies. In lab experiments, it was found to inhibit the growth and spread of cancer cells. It also induced apoptosis (cell death) of cancer cells.[ii] And in a study from Spain’s University of Valencia, hairless mice were exposed to the type of ultraviolet radiation you get from sun exposure. The rodents developed skin cancer…except for ones treated with a topical pterostilbene cream.[iii]
- Brain protection. Beta-amyloid is a type of protein known to promote Alzheimer’s disease. A cell study published in the journal Food & Function found pterostilbene suppressed beta-amyloid’s damaging effects on brain cells. The study authors suggest pterostilbene could be used as a supplement to help treat Alzheimer’s.[iv]
- Blood pressure reduction. A study from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy gave subjects pterostilbene. After eight weeks, the participants’ systolic blood pressure (the upper number) dropped by an average of 7.8 points. Diastolic readings (the lower number) were down 7.3 points. Those are better results than are provided by many medications.[v]
- Improved blood sugar. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave pterostilbene to diabetic rodents. They found the animals had 14% lower blood glucose than a control group. The pterostilbene group also had lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and higher HDL (“good”) cholesterol.[vi]
- Liver protection. It’s well known that taking high doses of acetaminophen (Tylenol) can damage the liver. Research in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology found that pterostilbene protects the liver from the harmful effects of the popular over-the-counter painkiller.[vii]
Pterostilbene is well-tolerated and rarely causes side effects. But consult with your doctor before taking it. In high doses, it can interact with some medications.
You can buy it online and in health food stores. Follow the dosage recommended on the label.
This is one supplement anyone can benefit from. It won’t turn back time, but it can make getting older a whole lot easier.