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  • Aging Has Met its Match in Resveratrol

    How can French people stay so healthy while eating rich foods and drinking red wine? Recent research may have the answer: Red wine is a good source of resveratrol, a natural compound also found in red grape juice, peanuts, blueberries and cranberries. This wonder nutrient shows promise in promoting heart health, increasing life expectancy and preventing cancer.

    The resveratrol found in wine is extracted from the skin of red grapes during the fermentation process. The longer a wine ferments in the presence of grape skins, the greater its final resveratrol content. However, you'd have to drink a lot of red wine to get maximum benefit from resveratrol.

    While a typical glass of wine can contain less than a milligram of resveratrol, supplements like Jarrow's Resveratrol 100 formula contain as much as 100 times that amount. "It's on our 'A list' of healthy aging supplements," says Paul Clark, a clinical herbalist at our Sonoma store, who emphasizes that Jarrow's supplement delivers the compound in an active form.

    So what exactly does resveratrol do? According to aggregated research from the Linus Pauling Institute, laboratory tests have shown the compound boosts heart health by inhibiting clot formation in the arteries and promoting dilation of the arteries.

    The compound may also make people live longer and slow the signs of aging. In studies with yeast, worms and fruit flies, resveratrol stimulated enzymes that lengthened the organisms' lives by as much as 59 percent. Resveratrol had a similar effect on the human version of the enzyme in test tubes.

    In another study, elderly mice that were given resveratrol showed a marked reduction in signs of aging, including greater motor coordination, preserved bone strength and reduced cataract formation. Though the compound did not significantly increase the mice's lifespan, resveratrol showed great promise in reducing some negative effects associated with the aging process.

    Other tests have demonstrated resveratrol's promise when it comes to slowing the progression of cancer. Researchers who added resveratrol to cell cultures found that it inhibits the growth of many cancer cells, including those from breast, prostate, stomach, colon, pancreatic and thyroid cancers.

    Though definitive studies that show resveratrol's effects on humans are still on the horizon, practitioners continue to recommend this antioxidant to boost general health. If you are heart-conscious or young-at-heart, head to Pharmaca to speak with one of our practitioners about our selection of formulas containing resveratrol.

  • Healthy Supplements for Healthy Aging

    From our friends at Pure Encapsulations

    Supporting healthy aging and longevity is a focal point for many, especially as we continue to live longer. While a healthy diet and regular exercise are essential factors in promoting optimal health and functioning throughout your life, nutritional supplements are also an integral component of any healthy aging plan. Pure Encapsulations offers a wide variety of high-quality formulas that specifically target age-related health goals like optimizing cognitive function, boosting immune health, supporting energy levels and maintaining a strong antioxidant defense.

    To highlight a few:

    Now with Metafolin L-5-MTHF
    This broad-spectrum, multi-nutrient supplement provides exceptional nutritional support for daily wellness, as well as focused support for optimal glucose utilization and cardiovascular and liver health. Utilizing some of the most highly recognized antioxidants, nutrients and botanicals, UltraNutrient features alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10 and reduced glutathione, as well as standardized extracts of hawthorn, ginger, milk thistle and turmeric. This best-selling formula also offers activated forms of vitamins and minerals recognized for their enhanced bioavailability and potency, including L-5MTHF, riboflavin 5’ phosphate and pyridoxal 5’ phosphate.*

    DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone, is the most abundant adrenal steroid hormone in the body. Naturally made by the adrenal glands, DHEA travels into cells throughout the body where it is converted into androgens and estrogens. These hormones regulate fat and mineral metabolism, endocrine and reproductive function, and energy levels. The amount of each hormone conversion depends on an individual's biochemistry, age and sex. Research indicates that supplementing with DHEA may be associated with promoting healthy emotional wellbeing, immune function, lean body mass and sexual function. Research also indicates that DHEA levels peak around age 25 and then decline steadily. Pure Encapsulations DHEA is micronized to increase absorption and is made with 99 percent pure, pharmaceutical- grade DHEA. Speak with a practitioner about which dosage strength might be right for you.*

    Pregnenolone, 3-alpha-hydroxy-5-beta-pregnen-20-one, is a natural steroid hormone produced in the body from cholesterol. It has been described as the “grandmother of all steroid hormones,” since all steroid hormones—more than 150 of them—are derived from pregnenolone. Supplementing with pregnenolone has been linked with positive support of the immune system, mood and memory. In the body, it converts to DHEA and/or progesterone according to the body’s needs. Studies suggest that the body makes 60 percent less of this hormone at age 75 than it does at age 35, indicating a potential need for support with supplementation.*

    Resveratrol & Resveratrol EXTRA
    Resveratrol promotes cardiovascular health, helping to maintain healthy platelet function and arachidonic acid metabolism. Researchers from the Harvard Medical School suggest that it may also promote overall health, metabolic function and longevity. One capsule of Pure Encapsulations’ Resveratrol EXTRA contains 100 mg of trans resveratrol, the amount roughly equivalent to that found in an average of 66 bottles of red wine. This formula is combined with grape seed extract and red wine polyphenols for synergistic support of healthy cellular and cardiovascular function.*

    When you purchase Pure Encapsulations' supplements, you'll receive the highest quality nutritional supplements and health information available. Their dedication to ingredient quality, manufacturing excellence and quality control is the reason that Pure Encapsulations was voted the #1 Rated Healthcare Practitioner Brand† in 2010, for the third year in a row.


    Visit www.PureCaps.com or speak with a Pharmaca practitioner today about how Pure Encapsulations supplements may be a good option for you!

    † Based on customer satisfaction. Ratings based on results of the 2008, 2009 and 2010 ConsumerLab.com surveys of supplement users. More information at www.consumerlab.com.

    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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