The Modern Vital Podcast

The Neuroprotective Power of Resveratrol

October 26, 2023 Ben Reebs Season 1 Episode 35
The Modern Vital Podcast
The Neuroprotective Power of Resveratrol
Show Notes

In this episode of The Modern Vital Podcast, Dr. Ben Reebs explores the vast world of antioxidants, with a keen focus on one in particular: Resveratrol. Widely recognized for its presence in red wine, Dr. Reebs delves deeper into its chemical structure, revealing that this powerful antioxidant extends beyond our favorite evening beverage. Found in grape skin, seeds, various berries, and even peanuts, resveratrol stands out as a potent polyphenol (of which there are over 8,000 varieties). But its true marvel lies in its neuroprotective properties.

Studies over the past decade indicate that resveratrol can combat age-related neurological disorders such as macular degeneration, cognitive deficits, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Its role as a free radical scavenger, lowering oxidative stress and inflammation, brings hope in the field of neurology. Additionally, the podcast discusses how resveratrol promotes neuronal development and affects various cellular activities, from energy homeostasis to apoptosis and longevity. Dr. Reebs, advocating for its potential, also touches upon its multifaceted benefits, including antifungal, cardio protective, anti-carcinogenic, and antiviral properties.

Closing out the episode, Dr. Reebs emphasizes the significant value resveratrol brings to the toolbox of naturopathic and functional medicine practitioners. As he delves into its applications in treating complex chronic illnesses, listeners gain a profound appreciation for this antioxidant powerhouse. If you're curious about optimizing brain health, reversing aging, or even just understanding the untapped potential of common supplements, this episode is a must-listen.

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