The research goes on with SirtFoods and Sirtuins. Here are two recent studies.
Resveratrol found in red wine could help counteract the negative impact of high fat/high sugar diets-SirtFood Research
Red wine lovers have a new reason to celebrate. Researchers have found a new health benefit of resveratrol, which occurs naturally in blueberries, raspberries, mulberries, grape skins, and consequently in red wine. Resveratol is considered a sirtuin activator.
While studying the effects of resveratrol in the diet of rhesus monkeys, Dr. J.P. Hyatt, an Associate Professor at Georgetown University, and his team of researchers hypothesized that a resveratrol supplement would counteract the negative impact of a high fat/high sugar diet on the hind leg muscles.* In previous animal studies, resveratrol has already been shown to increase the life span of mice and slow the onset of diabetes. In one study, it mirrored the positive effects of aerobic exercise in mice, which were fed a high fat/high-sugar diet.
While these results are encouraging, and there might be a temptation to continue eating a high-fat/high-sugar diet and simply add a glass of red wine or a cup of fruit to one’s daily consumption, the researchers stress the importance of a healthy diet cannot be overemphasized. But for now, there’s one more reason to have a glass of red wine.
Decreasing the Risk Of Chronic Disease-SirtFood Research
There is growing evidence that sirtuin activators may have a wide range of health benefits as well as building muscle and suppressing appetite. These include improving memory, helping the body better control blood sugar levels, and cleaning up the damage from free radical molecules that can accumulate in cells and lead to cancer and other diseases.
‘Substantial observational evidence exists for the beneficial effects of the intake of food and drinks rich in sirtuin activators in decreasing risks of chronic disease,’ said Professor Frank Hu*, an expert in nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard University in a recent article in the journal Advances In Nutrition.
Although sirtuin activators are found all through the plant kingdom, only certain fruits and vegetables have large enough amounts to count as SirtfFoods. Examples include green tea, cocoa powder, Indian spice turmeric, kale, onions, and parsley.
Many of the fruit and vegetables on display in supermarkets, such as tomatoes, avocados, bananas, lettuce, kiwis, carrots, and cucumber, are actually rather low in sirtuin activators. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t worth eating, though, as they provide lots of other benefits.
The beauty of eating a diet packed with SirtFoods is that it can be more flexible than other diets. You could simply eat healthily adding some SirtFoods on top. Or you could have them in a concentrated way as recommended in the SirtFood Diet plan.