As a health explorer, I am passionate about uncovering the secrets to anti-aging. Through all of my travels and discoveries, the biggest light bulb moment I have had was in the citrus orchards of Calabria, Italy. It was there that I learned about autophagy and the polyphenol compounds in plants that can turn it on.
Autophagy literally means “self-eating,” and is the cellular process of detoxification and waste removal. This natural process is programmed in our DNA and helps keep cells functioning at their best. In today’s modern world, not only are we under more stress than any other time in history, but we are also exposed to more environmental toxins than ever before. Pair that with a nutrient-poor Standard American Diet and you have a recipe for impaired autophagy…and premature aging.
There are many diet and lifestyle tools that we can use to boost the body’s innate autophagy mechanism, slow the aging process and leave us looking and feeling our best. I cover all the ins and outs of these tools in my New York Times best-selling book, Glow15.
One of my favorite autophagy activating tools is the polyphenols that I learned about in Calabria that day. I’ve always intuitively turned to nature for healing and made a career of traveling the globe to uncover the most medicinal foods and highest-quality sources.
Polyphenols are naturally occurring compounds that give plants their rich color and protect them from disease and environmental threats. These polyphenols, or powerphenols as I’ve coined, found in citrus bergamot, turmeric, resveratrol, berberine, green tea, cacao, berries, and leafy greens are indispensable when it comes to boosting autophagy and feeling that radiant glow again.
The health benefits of turmeric and resveratrol benefits are nothing short of astounding when it comes to anti-aging and skin-glowing properties. Let’s dive into these two amazing supplements.
Resveratrol + Turmeric
Let’s explore resveratrol benefits, an important and potent powerphenol that I am so passionate about! I became strikingly excited about the anti-aging merits of resveratrol and eventually brought it to American women through my beauty-from-within company, Reserveage Nutrition.
What is resveratrol? Resveratrol is the powerphenol found in red wine that is a powerful anti-aging antioxidant. Resveratrol helps to explain the French Paradox – why people in France can indulge in rich, decadent food, yet remain thin and not have the metabolic disease of their American counterparts. The answer, it seems, is in the glass of wine (or two.)
Just like turmeric, resveratrol was traditionally consumed in food, namely red wine, red grapes, blueberries, dark chocolate, and peanuts, but to get the therapeutic dosages used in studies, resveratrol supplements can be very helpful. In fact, one would have to consume hundreds of glasses of wine to get the levels of resveratrol that are used in studies (which is up to 1000 milligrams per day.) When choosing supplements, quality is key and resveratrol-trans is the form to look for as far as both stability and effectiveness.
There are thousands of studies showing that resveratrol helps to slow the aging process by creating a younger brain, decreasing inflammation and improving heart health. In fact, the synergy between turmeric and resveratrol in this area is astounding.
When discussing powerphenols with the clinicians I consult with, they are often using a resveratrol and turmeric supplement together with their patients. It seems that the sum of the two is producing better clinical results than one or the other alone in terms of brain health, reducing inflammation and supporting the immune system. Some studies are popping up trying to uncover the reasons for this and it seems that resveratrol, curcumin, and berberine regulate certain biochemical pathways in the body that are involved in many different diseases.