This would explain your love for red wine – it contains a key ingredient for anti-aging! Resveratrol has long been hailed as a powerful agent for aging better, and – good news! – it is now available in South Africa in a compact, potent supplement form.

A Harvard University study has called anti-aging dietary supplement Resveratrol “arguably the biggest medical discovery since antibiotics” while the much respected Mayo Clinic declared “Recent research has indicated that this ingredient, which is found in the skin and seeds of grapes used to make wine, has promising heart-health benefits”.

What is in Resveratrol?

Resveratrol became popular in the ‘80s when the phrase “French Paradox” was coined. Scientists were puzzled by the fact that in spite of their high saturated fat intake, the French died less of coronary heart disease and attributed it to their higher consumption of red wine. Red wine contains resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that helps to preserve and restore good health. It is present in the skin of grapes, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, mulberries, pomegranates and Japanese knotweed, and is synthesized in plants to help protect them against physical harm, infection and disease.

Interestingly, it helps to protect humans as well! Resveratrol has now been launched onto the South African marketplace by LifeTime Supplements – headed up by Cheryl Mulder – in a maximum purity (99%), pharmaceutical-grade Resveratrol gel formula, giving the equivalent benefits of 170 glasses of red wine in a single dose. Other reports in academic journals such as Lancet and the National Academy of Sciences document the anti-aging actions of Resveratrol and other benefits. These included the following:

  • increased energy levels;
  • heart health benefits;
  • effective weight loss and;
  • a stronger immune system.

Mulder is a South African IT and telecoms expert who retired to start LifeTime Supplements.

She explains her Resveratrol journey. resveratrol | Longevity LIVE

It began when a naturopath prescribed a Resveratrol gel for me. After a month of taking it I saw major improvements in my health, more specifically I experienced increased energy levels, my skin felt smooth and hydrated, and I even managed to lose weight. After a couple of months, I stopped taking it as it proved to be very expensive because it was imported from the US. But then I just didn’t feel as good. I decided to look into the manufacture of a local, more affordable alternative that was as good as anything on the international market.”

Resveratrol activates the SIRT1 gene

After much research, Mulder found a reputable supplement manufacturer who had the expertise to assist in the formulation and manufacture of LifeTime Resveratrol and developed a product that is 99 percent pure and in a Trans Resveratrol format which is more easily absorbed by the body. Mulder has closely followed the work of the award-winning Dr. David Sinclair, a Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, who is regarded as a global expert in aging.

In 2014 he was included in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Sinclair’s focus is on understanding genes that can help fight disease and aging, including diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. He also studies cellular energy production, learning, memory, and neurodegeneration. He has shown how Resveratrol activates the SIRT1 gene, the body’s survival mechanism, that extends life in low-energy environments. In the past, SIRT1 has only been activated by extreme caloric restriction (and starvation).

Sinclair has been quoted as saying he wants to “keep people younger for longer, not older for longer, and make those years productive and healthy” saying about this ingredient: “(It’s) as close to a miraculous molecule as you can find.

Says Mulder: “While it is almost impossible, to get the recommended dose of Resveratrol from food alone – you would need to drink about 170 glasses of red wine each day to get the equivalent amount – the type of Resveratrol used in our product –Trans Resveratrol – has been proven to be easily absorbed by the body.”

What does it cost?

A carton of Lifetime Resveratrol Gel contains 30 x 30ml sachets, one to be taken every day in the morning with food, at a cost of R650 inclusive of VAT and shipping.

So, around R21.50 a day – which is less than a cup of coffee from your favorite outlet and far more beneficial to your health!” adds Mulder. “Research into anti-aging is developing rapidly and there are bound to be huge discoveries in the next few years. However, Resveratrol is the start of this journey to improve the quality of our lives as we age,” Mulder concludes.

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Johane du Toit

Johane du Toit

Johané du Toit is the Health Writer at Longevity Magazine. With an Honours degree in journalism from the North-West University at Potchefstroom, she has a keen interest in medical and scientific innovations and aspires to provide the public with the latest reliable news in the fields of medicine, fitness, wellness, and science. Johane is happiest outdoors, preferably near a large body of water or in the mountains, and loves waterskiing, cooking, travelling and reading.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.