Resveratrol molecule structure

Resveralife Reports: Stable Delivery System for Resveratrol Discovered

Resveratrol, an extremely popular polyphenol and highly effective antioxidant, has become immensely popular in the world of skin care. This ingredient already boasts of all sorts of studies that confirm the various benefits it has to offer and new benefits offered by the compound are being discovered with every passing year. Resveratrol is the ingredient that has been associated with the “French Paradox Theory” and it is usually derived from the skin of red grapes or from a plant known as Japanese Knotsweed. Resveralife  decided to formulate its entire line of luxury skin care products around this miracle ingredient to help customers enjoy the very best of anti-aging and skin care.

Interest for Resveratrol exploded around the year 2003, when it was discovered that Resveratrol actually managed to increase the lifespan of yeast cells. This research once again ignited all those hopes and dreams of youthful looks and eternal beauty and experts began to compare it with the elusive Fountain of Youth. Over the years, other studies confirmed that Resveratrol also offered other benefits to the human body. The ingredient was reported to have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-diabetes properties and it is also known to offer cardiovascular benefits and protection against the Alzheimer’s disease.

Vine Vera was delighted to discover that scientists have recently discovered a more stable method for delivering Resveratrol. A group of researchers from the University of Massachusetts found out that extracts and oil from grape seeds, both of which are by-products of the wine industry, can be used to create stable nanoemulsions that can easily deliver Resveratrol and also protect the ingredient in food applications. The researchers reported that these nanoemulsions remained stable when they were stored at different temperatures, and that they also protected the Resveratrol from degradation and UV-light isomerisation.

The study was published in the Food Chemistry Journal, Volume 167 and it was authored by D.J. McClements and G. Davidov-Pardo. The researchers used orange oil (indigestible) and grape seed oil (digestible) to produce the nanoemulsion-based delivery system for Resveratrol. They discovered that the optimal combination of grape seed oil and orange oil was 1:1, which allowed the formation of droplets that have an average diameter of 100nm. They further confirmed that a maximum of 120 micrograms/ milliliter of Resveratrol dosage could be added to these delivery mechanisms.

According to the authors of the study, the results have shown that the nanoemulsions formed using spontaneous emulsifications can easily be used to encapsulate Resveratrol as a nutraceutical ingredient by combining wine industry by-products like grape skin extracts and grape seed oils. The authors believe that these nanoemulsions can prove to be extremely effective in creating delivery systems for Resveratrol in beverage and functional food products.

Reports suggest that the results of this study further verified that encapsulating Resveratrol helped in increasing the ingredient’s chemical stability after being exposed to UV-light. The nanoemulsions managed 88% retention as compared to the 50% retention seen in DMSO (dimethylsulphoxide) techniques used today.

Man eating a healthy salad

Live Well: Gentleman's Guide to a Healthy Diet

Throughout time, diet has been an important role in terms of development and growth. Now more than ever, it is essential to choose and opt for healthy meals and meal ingredients as most of the pre-packaged and pre-made foods that are readily available in supermarkets worldwide have become laden with chemicals and unhealthy, toxic ingredients. Resveralife would like to help our male readers understand how they can make better, healthier food choices, and feel their best by doing so. With these easy to do tips, the hardest part will be developing the willpower to make these changes – for life.

Opt for Fresh & Raw

Choosing fresh, raw ingredients when you are at the grocery store is the best thing you can do for your body. As a general rule, sticking to the aisles on the outer edges of the grocery store is your best bet. If you think about it, all you really need and all you should be eating is located along the outer walls of the store. Produce, dairy, and meats line these walls, and should be eaten more than anything else in your diet. Diets rich in fresh, lean proteins, such as lean turkey breast, chicken breast, fish, and raw vegetables and fruits will help you to feel fuller longer, become healthier, and even lose weight – guaranteed. Proteins also play a large role in the development of muscle mass when working out – so be sure to get plenty of it on a daily basis.

Eliminate Refined Sugar and Added Salt

Refined sugars can be found in those cakes you love so much, and many versions of breads and other carbohydrate laden foods. Rather than toss extra salt over your meal, try to do without it. If you use a small amount of salt to cook your food, that’s fine – but keep it to a minimum. By doing this, you may be able to lower your risk of heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and other health concerns. Refined sugars also lead to excess weight gain – and it can be difficult to lose the pounds accumulated. You will feel far less bloated when you eliminate unnecessary salt and sugar from your diet. You should do your best to try to eat natural sources of these compounds, such as fruit (fruit pectin within the fruit is a natural sugar) and olives or certain types of fish, such as Cod, which are salty by nature.

Eat Organic when Possible

Eating organic fruits and vegetables is always a safe bet. Not only will you eliminate excess toxins from your system this way, you will have more control over the food you eat and will enable yourself to gain the true health benefits of the fruits and vegetables you consume. Produce which is grown in an organically friendly environment are generally better in quality and taste, therefore you would be doing your body and your taste buds a favor. Always opt for organic when possible.

Eliminate Junk Food

This is a no brainer. Junk food packs on unnecessary pounds. To lose the pounds and keep them off, eliminate junk food such as chips, cookies, cakes, and candy from your diet as much as possible. Once in a great while, a small portion of one of these foods are fine – but not unless it’s a rare occasion. You will be amazed how great your body feels once it rids itself of the toxins these terrible foods have left behind.

Don’t Eat at Night

Eating after 7 PM is discouraged by many doctors, because as the night winds down, and you lay down to go to bed, the food you consume at night is left to sit. Your metabolism slows down at night, and all but comes to a screeching halt as you sleep. Do you really want to wake up with yesterday’s dinner still sitting where it was when you went to bed? We didn’t think so. Opt for eating earlier in the evening if possible, and allow your stomach at least four hours for the food to break down before bed.

By following the above guidelines, you can’t go wrong. Resveratrol wants to see every man live his healthiest and his best this year, and making small changes will add up quickly. Here’s to a healthier, happier you!

 

 

Happy fitness woman lifting dumbbells smiling cheerful, fresh and energetic. Mixed race Asian Caucasian fitness girl training isolated on white background.

The Resveralife Life Well Guide: Boost Your Workout 

Haven’t you gone for a workout with the intention of putting in a lot of effort, only to feel exhausted within the first 15 minutes? Anyone who has ever gone to a workout class has been there and it can be really depressing. The simplest way to enjoy your exercise and ensure that it doesn’t feel like a chore is to improve your endurance levels. This Resveralife Live Well Guide helps you to learn how to build up your endurance levels with the help of 5 simple exercises that can be combined to create a circuit-training routine to boost your strength, speed and stamina. To follow this routine, you need to perform one set of all 5 exercises without any breaks, rest for about 30 seconds and repeat the process two more times. You might feel tired and jaded when you start off with this routine, but as time progresses, you should be able to fly through the circuit. And once this circuit becomes easy, your workout classes will be simpler and more enjoyable.

Exercise # 1 – Knee Tuck

This exercise always starts from the top-of-a-plank position. Your hands should be wider than shoulder width and you need to keep your arms straight. The next step is to perform a single pushup by placing your toes on a glider. You can use a paper plate or a washcloth for the glider. The next step is to pull your knees towards the chest and hold the posture when the knees are about 3 inches in front of the hips. Before doing this, don’t forget to ensure that you place your weight in the balls of your feet. Hold the posture for a second and allow your legs slide back to the top-of-a-plank position. Repeat the entire set for about 30 seconds.

Exercise # 2 – Frog Jump

This exercise always starts in a squat position or a sumo position. Bring your palms next to each other in front of the chest, turn your toes outwards at a 45 degree angle, put your feet wider than hip-width and ensure that your quads are parallel to the floor. Jump up and land back in the sumo-squat position. Repeat the jump, only to land back a few inches. Continue jumping backwards and forwards for about 30 seconds.

Exercise # 3 – Crouching Push Ups

This exercise always starts in a push-up position. Place your hands wider than shoulder width, lower the chest towards the floor, bend the knees and press back to bring the knees right under your hips. Lift the hips to straighten the legs and round the spine so as to articulate each vertebra. Once this is done, move back into your starting position. Repeat the entire process for about 30 seconds.

Exercise # 4 – Squat Jumps

This exercise always starts in a squat position. Place your knees in line with your ankles and allow your butt to sink back. The posture should be as if you are just about to sit down in a chair. Clasp the hands in front of your chest and jump. Land with your right leg in front in a lunge position. Repeat the jump and land in a squat position. Repeat the jump and land with your left leg in front in a lunge position. Keep repeating the entire set for about 30 seconds.

Exercise # 5 – The Bridge Exercise

This exercise always starts by lying on your back with the knees bent and the feet placed on gliders. You can use paper plates or washcloths for the glider. Place your weight in your heels, straighten your arms by your sides with the palms facing downwards and lift your hips so that your body resembles a bridge. While the hips are lifted, push the gliders until your legs almost become straight and then pull back your heels to come back to the starting position. Repeat this entire set 20 times.

Live Well: Get In Shape Without Leaving Home

If you want to get fitter and are totally against joining a health club because of the distance, the time taken or the cost factor, you don’t need to fret. No one ever said that it is not possible to get fit without going to a gym. After all, people were fit long before these things were invented. You wouldn’t believe it, but you can easily stay fit without having to leave the house.  All you need to understand is that consistency and the fact that you actually do something on a regular basis is the key to staying fit. There are a number of inexpensive things like dumbbells, fit balls, exercise bands and push-up bars that you can use to stay fit at home. But, you should be able to do so even if you don’t have any of these props or machines. Resveralife  discovered that all you need to stay fit is to understand the five basic elements of fitness – warm up, cardiovascular workout, resistance exercises, flexibility moves and cool downs.

All you need for a warm up is a treadmill or an easy walk. For the cardiovascular routine, you can do brisk walking or step aerobics or use a jump rope. The resistance portion is as simple as abdominal crunches, weight bars, squats, small dumbbells, push ups, tubing or bands. You need to increase your body flexibility with things like yoga poses and floor stretches. And the cool down always needs to be similar to the warm up. It is possible to do the strength work and the aerobic work in the same workout, but you need to ensure that you warm up your body and cool it down every time you exercise.

If you’re pressed for time on particular days, all you have to do is to increase the intensity of your fitness routine. For example, instead of the usual 40 minute exercise routine, you can opt for a harder 25 minute routine. You can also step up the pace of your strength workouts by doing compound exercises, exercises that work on multiple muscle groups at the same time.

Getting started with at-home exercises  

If you’re a beginner, try to aim for about 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise at least 3 times a week. Add 20 – 30 minutes of strength work at least 3 times every week into this equation. This should be more than enough to start off with. Irrespective of your exercise routine or the type of exercise you do, make sure that you start off slowly and increase the intensity and the time gradually. And, always listen to your body. Try to focus on the muscles that need more attention and determine if you feel it there. Working out at home has its obvious advantages, but there are a few obstacles as well. One of the main obstacles of working out at home is those frequent distractions that can derail your routines. Therefore, it always helps to exercise early in the morning because these routines are more likely to stick.

Tips for people who exercise at home

  • Try to make things interesting so that you don’t end up getting bored of your routine. Use pictures or videos as a guide for your form and technique.
  • Find a partner to exercise with. You are more likely to continue with your workout routines if you have someone to exercise with.
  • Have a fixed time for your workouts and put it on your daily schedule.
  • Set specific goals that are not too difficult, and not too easy either. They should be things that are within reach, but cannot be achieved immediately.
  • Finally, make exercise an integral part of your life. You need to look at exercise as a lifestyle change, a change that needs to become a constant in your everyday life.

Resveralife on How to Extend Healthy Years of Your Life

One thing is very clear. Exercising your way to old age is probably the best thing that you can do to ensure that you grow old properly. Exercising throughout your young age means that you grow old with the least amount of deterioration of your physiological functions and the lowest number of infirmities. Exercise helps you to improve your health as well as the number of years where you enjoy good health.

However, separating the impact of the different factors that lead to physical decline in the human body is extremely difficult. Researchers tried to answer all sorts of questions like “does the body deteriorate because people are increasingly sedentary as the body ages” and “does the passage of time take a toll on the mind and the body of an individual”, but failed to do so.

Resveralife  recently reviewed an amazing study that was published in The Journal of Physiology. This study tried to isolate the impact of a sedentary lifestyle by basing their judgments on 125 cyclists from the age group of 55 – 79. These cyclists might not belong to the elite bracket, but the men had to be able to ride a total of 100kms in under 6.5 hours and women had to be able to ride a total of 60kms in under 5.5 hours in order to qualify for the study. The research didn’t produce a single reliable marker of aging, and ended up highlighting the complexity of aging instead.

According to Stephen D. R. Harridge, a researcher associated with this study and a professor at the King’s College London, the study determined that the relationship between the measuring factor and aging isn’t clear. He said that even though the researchers studied a diverse range of indices, it was not possible to identify a single physiological marker that can be reliably used to predict the age of a person. He also mentioned that the study determined that the relationship between most functions and chronological age is complex. Therefore, even when the aging process is free from its limiting factors, it is bound to be very individualistic.

The study also made it clear that physical activity is extremely good for the body as one grows old. Researchers actually discovered that the overall results obtained by physically fit older people were quite similar to those obtained by younger people. This made them very different from others in the same age bracket who led a sedentary lifestyle. Furthermore, the study tried to determine the sense of well-being for its participants and found out that most of the cyclists were high-functioning and healthy individuals. This actually speaks volumes on the amount of importance exercise  holds in extending the healthy years of one’s life.

Resveralife  reviewed another study conducted by the Director of the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, Benjamin Levine. This study mentioned that four to five cardiovascular workouts every week seemed to be the ideal defense against failing cardiac strength. Levine mentioned that even if one starts off with exercises in his or her late middle age, the effects on the blood vessels and the heart should be substantial.

An assortment of detox smoothies

Resveralife Eat Well: Fabulous Smoothie Detoxes to Jump Start Your New Year

A new year has finally arrived, and if you’re like most people, you want to get rid of last year’s excess weight gain. Perhaps you put it on over the Holiday season, or sort of snuck up on you throughout the year. It makes no difference what the reason you want to lose the weight is – the only thing that matters is losing it. Resveralife has looked into a few healthy weight loss options that will not only help you lose weight, but detoxify your body as well! This article focuses on fabulous smoothies which will detoxify your body, and help you jump start your new year the right way with healthy weight loss.

Below, you will find a few of our favorite smoothie detox combos – any or all of these can be implemented into your daily diet. They would be great for breakfast or lunch, and will help you to feel healthy and good about your body.

Berry Good Morning

1 C Fresh or Frozen Raspberries ( Could use Strawberries instead)
3/4 C Skim, Coconut, or Almond Milk
1 1/2 TBSP honey OR Agave Nectar
2 TSP fresh ginger, finely grated
1 tsp flax, ground fine
1 TBSP Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

Combine all of the above ingredients into a blender and add ½ C of ice if not using frozen berries. Puree until smooth. Drink up this refreshing goodness within 10 minutes for freshness.

NOTE:

The ginger in this amazing flavorful concoction help the metabolism to be stimulated, while the enzymes from the berries are purely detoxifying and are filled with anti-oxidants, which are special little cancer fighters in their own regard. Drink to your health’s delight!

Drink Your Greens! Smoothie

1¼ C Kale, stems removed and leaves chopped
1¼ C Frozen mango or Papaya
2 stalks of celery, diced
1 C freshly squeezed orange juice
¼ C Parsley, fresh, chopped fine (should opt for flat leaf)
¼ C Fresh mint sprigs, chopped finely

Add all ingredients into your blender and puree. Serve in a chilled glass with some extra sprigs of mint for garnish, or forgo the extra mint and just dive right in!

This superfood smoothie has amazing detoxifying capabilities, and helps rid your body from those nasty toxins that can make you sick, keep you sick, and will provide you with ample energy for the day. You will also get a heaping helping of your daily recommended veggies and fruits with this wonder smoothie! These ingredients – all of them, might I add – are fantastic for cleansing and detoxifying, and will allow you to safely lose weight and feel great.

Leafy Green Fruit Smoothie

2 C Organic Spinach
2 Whole Peaches, pits removed, diced
1 C Fresh squeezed Orange Juice
½ C Filtered Water

Blend well, serve over ice or in a frosty glass. This is one smoothie that tastes great and allows you plenty of fruits and vegetables to help with your daily recommendation.

This smoothie rids the body of excess toxins, and stimulates the metabolism for overall body health.

Resveralife understands losing weight and starting off the New Year can be a bit difficult when your short on time, and that’s why we love these smoothies. They’re healthy, quick, and pack a powerful punch to the gut and body and help you get healthy and get in shape. Give one (or all!) of these amazing recipes a try, and we’re sure you’ll agree – healthy never tasted so good!