Age is one factor that every human being is concerned with. Since time immemorial, humans have tried various methods, ointments, herbs, and technology to slow down this aging process. Books, movies, and songs have spoken about immortality or the eternal youth. But, is it really that easy to stop the process of aging? Is it natural to prevent wrinkles? Aging is similar to every other natural aspect on earth which happens inevitably. But humans have been fanatical about trying to derail it from its inevitability. Recently, it has been studied that Resveratrol, an anti-oxidant is much useful when it comes to stopping aging. Present in food items like grapes, chocolates, and wine, this is something we consume almost regularly. So can it really stop aging? Or is it all just fanciful imagination?
Professor Lorna Harris of the University of Exeter and Dr. Eva Lattore found out that chemicals that were akin to resveratrol, fondly called ‘resveralogues’ were useful in starting up the splicing factors in genes, that would lead to the division of old cells into new, young cells. This comes as a result of a study which found that the splicing of cells, which was in itself protein, remained static with the passage of time.
This report was published in 2018, which should be noted.
But, how far is this the truth?
According to Heidi Godman of the Harvard Health Letter, although Resveratrol has been considered to be the next big thing in the field of anti-aging, and its fight against cancer and other diseases, there are some glaring problems in the basic way it is used, and on the subjects they are used at.
In 2003, Dr. David Sinclair, one of the then 100 Most Influential People on Times Magazine, found out that resveratrol did work, but its effect was limited to initially yeast and then mice. Also, there was a statutory warning that the amount used in tests were so much higher than what we consumed on a daily basis. In fact, just to match the amounts, we would have to consume around a thousand glasses of wine or 300 bars of chocolate. Since then, every possible report on resveratrol has just one drawback- it fixates itself on mice, not men.
In Richard Baxter’s “Anti‐aging Properties of Resveratrol: Review and Report of a Potent New Antioxidant Skin Care Formulation”, he clearly states the limitations of resveratrol on vertebrate species. In a study of mice, it was found that most mice do not show symbols of anti-aging and it is strictly limited to a certain variety of mice, and usually females. (2008)
Yet, any possible solution, however unverified, is still a solution in itself. Considering this anti-oxidant has a lot of other benefits like prevention from Cancer, diabetes, apart from having the same benefits of any other anti-oxidant, there shouldn’t be any reason as to why someone should start consuming it less. In today’s world, there exists several medicines and technological varieties that can take care of the way you look.
Interestingly, people do take Resveratrol in the form of supplements. Although, it isn’t prescribed or advised generally, for one doesn’t really know how much dosage is good for the human body, and if it would have any side effect or not; what should be done is take resveratrol the way it has been taken i.e orally.
Where should one obtain Resveratrol from?
- Grape Juice
- Red Wine
- Peanut Butter
Finally, it would be amiss to not mention the side-effects of this anti-oxidant. Although it has very few of them, they are interesting, and not at all what one would think it to be.
- Low resveratrol doses might lead to cell proliferation.
- Higher doses might lead to apoptosis.
- It could also decrease the mitotic activity of tumors and endothelial cells.
- When Resveratrol turns pro-oxidant, as it sometimes does, it can damage the DNA.
- It can lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and liver problems in individuals with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. (Salehi, 2018)
It is imperative to note that every experiment of resveratrol has only been done on healthy subjects and the reports could very well be different with sick or diseased people.
In conclusion, it can only be said that studies have provided varied results over the last decade. As it stands, there is no harm in consuming grapes or wine in moderation, is there? At the end of the day, your age is what you feel it to be, metaphorically! Whether Resveratrol is really an anti-aging drug or not, is still up for verdict.
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