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Pterostilbene Reportedly More Potent Than Resveratrol As A Healthy Ingredient

April 18, 2011: 07:23 AM EST
Recent research has provided evidence of the potential health benefits of a berry-derived compound known as pterostilbene, whose virtues compare favorably to those of resveratrol, found in red grapes and red wine. Produced by blueberries, cranberries, etc., pterostilbene protects the plants from damage by bacteria and fungi. Researchers are finding that the compound offers benefits in the areas of anti-aging, heart health, oxidative stress and memory support. A key advantage over resveratrol is its bioavailability, which is four times greater. Another advantage is its ability to protect cells from damage caused by oxidative stress, which suggests a potential use in Alzheimer’s therapy. And pterostilbene was found to be a significantly more potent inhibitor of colon tumors than resveratrol. A commercial pterostilbene ingredient – ChromaDex’s pTeroPure – will likely achieve GRAS status soon.
Joanna Cosgrove, "What is Pterostilbene?", Nutraceutical World, April 18, 2011, © Rodman Publishing
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