Submitted by Mike Anthony as part of our contributors program.
Mehmet Cengiz Oz, known simply as TV’s Dr. Oz, together with Harvard’s Dr. Eva Selhub of Mass General Hospital, highlighted the natural ingredients pterostilbene and C3G on live television this month. Pterostilbene and C3G are antioxidants naturally present in berries and are sold as in powder or encapsulated vitamin form by Irving, California-based ChromaDex (OTC: CDXC). Chromadex is the nation’s leading supplier of pterostilbene and C3G and sold several million dollars of the compounds as dietary supplements in 2012.
According to Dr. Selhub, in a human study, patients at an average age of 76 years were given juice with pterostilbene twice a day. The patients showed improved memory and overall better cognitive functions. The reason? Pterostilbene is in the same family as resveratrol, which has a number of health benefits including cognitive ones. The major difference, according to Dr. Selhub, is that pterostilbene can actually get into the cell by crossing the brain barrier and act directly as a “memory booster.”
A 2012 clinical study in over 75 humans also indicated that pterostilbene is safe to consume and lowers blood pressure.
Pterostilbene is found in blueberries and grapes as well as some nuts. The recommended daily dose of pterostilbene ranges from 50mg to 150mg per day, according to the Dr. Oz show. Achieving this dosage level through vitamin supplements is commercially available by taking pTeroPure, a 99% pure and nature-identical form of pterostilbene that is patented and manufactured by ChromaDex. ChromaDex sells pTeroPure through its retail brand, BluScience (www.bluscience.com), at Walgreens and Drugstore.com, as well as to third-party labeled supplement manufacturers including Glanbia Nutritionals and Organic Revolution Worldwide.
ChromaDex scientists, on the basis of human clinical studies, believe that pterostilebene (sold under the trade name pTeroPure) has applications in other areas beyond memory improvement. These areas include blood sugar, heart health, weight management, anti-aging and physical performance. Dr. Selhub recommends that not only patients experiencing symptoms should take pterostilbene. The University of Mississippi conducted a high-dosage safety study of pterostilbene in humans over several weeks and found that pterostilbene has no side effects and is safe for regular consumption.
A link to the Dr. Oz show highlighting pterostilbene and C3G can be viewed here.
Earlier this month, “CTV,” Canada’s national TV network, aired a significant endorsement of pterostilbene and C3G by the country’s most famous doctor, Bryce Wylde. The clip can be viewed here, which independently confirms the health claims of the antioxidants sold by ChromaDex.