The Antioxidant Benefits of Pterostilbene

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Last Reviewed 02/18/2014

The Antioxidant Benefits of Pterostilbene

As many of you know, resveratrol—the potent antioxidant found in red wine—is a powerful anti-aging nutrient. But scientists have recently found that there’s a compound called pterostilbene (pronounced “tare-O-still-bean”) that preliminary studies show works synergistically with resveratrol to give you significant antioxidant benefits and anti-aging protection.

In animal and cell studies, pterostilbene has shown great promise for supporting cardiovascular health, anti-aging and more. In one animal study, pterostilbene lowered harmful LDL cholesterol and raised “good” HDL cholesterol. Other animal and cell studies have shown that it inhibits cytochrome P450, a group of enzymes that help turn cigarette smoke and pesticides into carcinogens in the body.

But the antioxidant benefits of pterostilbene are more far-reaching than that. An animal study conducted at Case Western Reserve University found that mice that were fed equal amounts of resveratrol or pterostilbene (equivalent to two glasses of red wine) had better cognition. But those receiving pterostilbene had lower markers of inflammation and cellular stress, benefits that weren’t seen by those given resveratrol.

One way to get pterostilbene is to eat blueberries, since they’re an excellent source of powerful antioxidant benefits. But you’d have to eat 10,000 pints of blueberries to receive the full antioxidant benefits.  To get a protective dose, I recommend taking 50 mg of pterostilbene in supplement form.

Now it’s your turn: What supplements do you take to protect against aging?

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