Pterostilbene: the treasure of traditional Chinese medicine

Q: What is Pterostilbene?
Pterostilbene is a phenolic compound that was discovered in 1977 and has been studied for its antioxidant properties and other health benefits. It is in the same family as resveratrol and is found in fruits such as grapes and blueberries, as well as peanuts and red wine. With its unique function and functional mechanism, the research on Pterostilbene is constantly advancing.


Q: What are benefits of Pterostilbene?

Here are some of the benefits associated with Pterostilbene:

1. Antioxidant properties: Pterostilbene acts as a potent antioxidant, helping to neutralize harmful free radicals in the body. This can protect cells and tissues from oxidative stress, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative disorders.

2. Anti-inflammatory effects: Pterostilbene exhibits anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is known to contribute to the development of many diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. Cardiovascular health: Pterostilbene has been reported to have cardioprotective effects. It may help lower blood pressure, reduce LDL cholesterol levels, and prevent the formation of arterial plaque. These benefits can contribute to a healthier cardiovascular system and a lower risk of heart disease.

3. Cognitive support: Some studies suggest that Pterostilbene might have neuroprotective properties, supporting brain health and cognitive function. It may help improve memory, learning, and overall brain function, potentially reducing the risk of age-related cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

4. Anti-aging potential: Pterostilbene’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may have anti-aging effects.

5. Potential anticancer effects: Preliminary studies have shown that Pterostilbene may inhibit the growth of cancer cells and induce apoptosis (programmed cell death) in various types of cancer.

Q: The unique features of Pterostilbene?
The bioavailability of Pterostilbene was higher than that of resveratrol. Studies have shown that the bioavailability of rosewood stilbene is 4 times that of resveratrol. Increased bioavailability means that a compound is better absorbed and performs better functions in the body. Pterostilbene performs better because:

• It is more permeable and can cross cell membranes and enter cells.
• And it is more lipophilic, meaning it is more soluble in lipids (fats).
• It has more metabolic stability. Resveratrol is rapidly and widely metabolized by second-stage enzymes, reducing its bioavailability.