Like resveratrol, pterostilbene (tero-STILL-bean) belongs to a class of compounds called phytoalexins, which are naturally produced by plants when under attack by pathogens such as bacteria or fungi. Pterostilbene and resveratrol have very similar pharmacologic properties, however pterostilbene has several key advantages over resveratrol. Pterostilbene is one of several stilbenes found in certain berries (e.g., blueberries, cranberries, sparkleberries, lingonberries, and grapes), thus, consumption of these small fruits may help improve health.
Strong antioxidant activity
May have anti-aging properties
Published anti-inflammatory activity in vitro
Supports memory improvement and enhanced mental focus
May help support against oxidative stress
Mimics calorie restriction in vitro
Supports heart health
May be used to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels already within normal ranges
Orally active and may work to stabilize plasma glucose levels in some animals
Potential immune supporter
Promotes health of neurons
Calmative and may support mood and simple nervous tension
I'll be running Pterostilbene (Swanson) for 60 days at 50mg once a day. A full review will follow.
A study conducted by researchers from Tufts University in Boston ranked prunes, or dried plums, as #1 food in terms of antioxidant capacity. Using a laboratory analysis called ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity), the researchers found that prunes had more than twice the antioxidant capacity of other high ranking foods such as blueberries and raisins. With a score of 5770 ORAC units per 100 grams, the antioxidant power of prunes also topped that of fresh plums, which scored 949 on the ORAC scale. Antioxidants are compounds that help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, unstable molecules that result from normal cell metabolism, smoking, pollution and UV irradiation. Research suggests that excess free radicals may contribute to pre-mature aging and fighting certain types of cancer.
Much of the antioxidant power of prunes can be attributed to the high levels of hydroxycinnamic acids (types of phenolic compounds) they contain. The hydroxycinnamic acids present in prunes include neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acids, both of which appear to be highly effective at scavenging free radicals. In addition to hydroxycinnamic acids, prunes and plums are rich in anthocyanins, flavonoid pigments with strong antioxidant properties.
Who can benefit? everyone...
>Powerful Antioxidant Potential
>Support Blood Pressure/Cholesterol and Bone Health
>Excellent Source of Fiber
>Maintain Healthy Weight
>Maintain Healthy Skin and Hair
>Stomach and intestinal Support
I'm currently on an eight week cut and plan to use Prunes for the entire eight weeks. Update coming in seven weeks!