In recent years, extensive research on resveratrol has been carried out, demonstrating its capacity to prevent a wide variety of conditions, including cardiovascular diseases and cancer, and to control fungal, bacterial and viral infections.
This molecule is something every patient needs to stay healthy, keep their immune system in peak condition, and reduce their risk of developing disease.
The Dual Function of Resveratrol
Resveratrol, a compound found in many plants, has been shown to prevent coronary heart diseases and to exert a variety of anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerogenic effects. So, not only does it help strengthen your immune system to fight off illness, it can also dial things back when your body displays autoimmune disease-related behavior.
If a person is suffering from arthritis, lupus, celiac disease or even MS, resveratrol has been shown to alleviate these conditions by decreasing the immune response, specifically inflammation by using something called sirtuins. Sirtuins are a family of proteins that regulate other molecules by modifying them and turning them off or on. In other words: resveratrol has been shown to inhibit T cell overactivity.
Another study concluded that resveratrol acts as a direct antioxidant by neutralizing reactive oxygen species and also improves some antioxidant enzyme activity. In addition, resveratrol also inhibited autoantibody production by plasma cells, which are key factors in the progression of some autoimmune diseases.
This is a big deal since autoimmune diseases are a leading cause of death, disability and discomfort worldwide.
Another study out of Austria in 2013 (Biochimica et Biophysica Acta General Subjects) took 10 volunteers and measured the amount of certain key hormones, in particular TNF-alpha and IL-10 after taking 5 g of resveratrol. The results demonstrated that the individuals had increased levels of TNF-alpha in monocyte cells from their blood, after the cells were stimulated with bacteria. Their findings suggest that antibacterial properties of the cells is boosted by resveratrol.
One study by Robert Falchetti, et. al, indicate that resveratrol modulates several human immune cell functions and suggest that this activity may be related to its effects on cytokine production by both CD4+ and CD8+ T cells.
Dr. Harris’s Essential Resveratrol
Now, while research touts the wonders of this molecule, there is the challenge of making it bioavailable. Optimal Health Systems has thoroughly helped Dr. Harris formulate the best resveratrol supplement you could ask for.
With the help of Doug Grant’s patented nutrients in the Opti-Blend delivery system, Essential Resveratrol is a highly bioavailable whole food form of resveratrol that has been shown to provide an immune boost and act as a free radical scavenger.
The resveratrol in this formula is sourced from the root of Japanese knotweed and an alcohol-free red wine extract. Both sources have been researched in over 2,000 studies.