Resveratrol, Folic & Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Vitamin B12

The following are 4 of 16 ingredients in our Chews-4-Health Tabs

RESVERATROL

RESVERATROL
Resveratrol is a naturally occurring compound produced in plants and grapes, found primarily in the skin and seeds. Resveratrol is the key ingredient in red wine that made headlines in November (2006) when scientists demonstrated that it kept overfed mice from gaining weight, turned them into the equivalent of Olympic marathoners, and seemed to slow down their aging process. Very few medical discoveries have generated such an instant buzz .

Scientists became interested in exploring the potential health benefits of resveratrol when its presence was reported in red wine, leading to speculation that resveratrol might help explain the “French Red Wine Paradox” (The French have less mortality rate and lower incidence of coronary disease.) Their consumption of resveratrol containing red wine is considered by many in the scientific community, including the Linus Pauling Institute, to be the reason for their longevity and good health. The benefits of drinking red wine have even been recognized by the American Heart Association who now recommends 1 to 2 glasses per day for men and 1 glass per day for women.

Obviously the alcohol content of wine does have its drawbacks (impairs brain function, can’t be combined with many medications, children and pregnant people can’t drink it and long term use may harm the liver.) Chews-4-Health contains extracted resveratrol, so now you can have the benefits of this heart healthy nutrient, without the negative alcohol side effects*

FOLIC ACID
Folic Acid is needed for the body’s energy production and is necessary for the body’s normal creation of red blood cells.* It also helps synthesize DNA, which carries the body’s genetic information, helps with normal tissue growth and cell function.* In addition, Folic Acid also helps support the formation of digestive acids.* 

It is commonly referred to as the “brain supplement” and has been shown to help with maintaining a healthy mental and emotionally balanced state.*

Folic acid helps regulate embryonic and fetal development of the nerve cells and is VITAL for normal growth and development.* Studies indicate that Folic Acid works best when combined with B12.

Since 1998 the March of Dimes has been leading a national education campaign about folic acid and its role in preventing birth defects, and they recommend Folic Acid supplementation for all women ranging from 15 to 45 years of age.

According to the Department of Health Centers For Disease Control and Prevention: “ All women should get in the habit of taking folic acid daily even if they are not planning to get pregnant.”

ALPHA LIPOIC ACID
Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a naturally occurring compound that is synthesized in small amounts by plants, animals and humans. Scientists first discovered the importance of ALA in 1953, and it was recognized as an antioxidant in 1988. It has recently been the subject of a tremendous amount of research around the world, including the University of California Berkeley, The Linus Pauling Institute and The Mayo Clinic. ALA is highly recommended in the New York Times’ best selling book, The Perricone Prescription by Nicholas V. Perricone, M.D.

The body requires ALA to produce energy and also plays a crucial role in the mitochondria, our cellular energy-producing structures.* Foods contain only tiny amounts of it so supplementation may be beneficial. ALA is very unique compared to other forms of antioxidants because of its versatility—it helps deactivate a wide array of cell-damaging free radicals in many bodily systems. But many scientists consider the most important benefit of ALA to be its protection of the body’s mitochondria and DNA.* As we age, mitochondrial function is impaired, and this may be an important contributor to some of the adverse effects of aging. ALA also works closely with vitamin C and E and some other antioxidants, "recycling" them, which makes them much more effective.*

VITAMIN B-12
Also known as cobalamin, Vitamin B-12 is necessary for the body’s normal synthesis of red blood cells, important for the maintenance of a healthy nervous system and vital for the proper growth and development of children.*

The Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board recommends that adults older than 50 years get most of their vitamin B12 from vitamin supplements or fortified food because of the high incidence of impaired ability to absorb vitamin B12 from foods that come from animals.

B12 is also important in maintaining the health of nerves in the human body. The nervous system contains an insulating fatty covering comprised of a complex protein called myelin. B12 plays a vital role in the metabolism of fatty acids essential for the maintenance of this nerve covering.

B12 supplementation is crucial if you are a vegetarian because, since there isn’t an adequate source of vitamin B12 in plant foods, vegetarians often have low serum B12 levels. The American Dietetic Association has stated that vegetarians are at risk of a vitamin B12 deficiency and highly recommend supplementing their diets with B12. If deficiency of B12 occurs, symptoms include lack of energy, shortness of breath, anemia, menstrual disorders and poor resistance to infection.