Resveratrol is a natural polyphenol that gets produced by plants, fruits and vegetables in times of stress. Plants often undergo stress, such as when dealing with extreme weather, or fighting with infections, and it’s during these times that they produce resveratrol, to initiate their survival mechanism and help them to stay alive.
So now we know that resveratrol helps plants survive, but what good does it do for us? Well the answer is: A LOT! For years now, scientists have been intrigued by the many benefits resveratrol promises to possess, ranging from its longevity potential to cancer prevention.
So how does Resveratrol work?
Resveratrol works by activating Sirtuin 1 (SIRT1), a member of the Sirtuin family – responsible for sending signals to regulate metabolic activity. SIRT1 on its own is responsible for regulating metabolism, cell survival, resistance to stress, response to inflammation and circadian rhythms. By ensuring our SIRT1 stays activated, we can prevent inflammation, metabolic disorders and other diseases that speed up ageing and put a slight damper on our plan of living for 1,000 years.
If that’s not enough, SIRT1 activity is directly correlated to the insulin levels within the cell. When we don’t activate SIRT1, our cells start exhibiting insulin resistance. For those who have not yet read The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung, let us recap: Insulin resistance is bad. It leads to obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and … Well, let us not spoil the book for you. The goal is to increase insulin sensitivity. How? Well, by activating SIRT1? But how? By taking resveratrol, of course!