What is pterostilbene ?

Pterostilbene is an antioxidant which is created by plants to protect the body against stresses brought on by various elements, including the sun, drought, disease, and insects – much like another in the same family: Resveratrol. Pterostilbene is highly potent. Reservatrol has been known for being in red wine as an active ingredient, making it heart healthy. Reservatrol has also been identified for other properties, including anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer.


Researchers believe pterostilbene and resveratrol work through similar pathways biologically. Because of this, pterostilbene and resveratrol supplements are now being offered by several supplement companies.

Like resveratrol, pterostilbene is a premium candidate in treating/preventing Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders of a neurodegenerative nature. resveratrol and pterostilbene both are small molecules which can penetrate the blood/brain barrier and are powerful antioxidants. If pterostilbene is anything like resveratrol inside the brain, it will become an effective inhibitor/destroyer of amyloid beta plaques which researchers believe are responsible for Alzheimer’s disease.

Additionally, one study recently conducted by Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Neuroscience revealed that feeding pterostilbene to mice with Alzheimer’s disease for two months improved the animals’ ability to navigate significantly. The mice went through a water maze faster than the control animals that were not fed pterostilbene.

Pterostilbene Is associated with lowering triglycerides and LDL cholesterol and has a similar efficacy as doctor-prescribed medication for cholesterol. Pterostilbene also lacks any known side effects.

It is important to note that high LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood can cause stroke or heart disease.

Pterostilbene features anti-inflammatory properties. Heart disease, stroke, and cancer are commonly caused by inflammation.

Pterostilbene is a close relative to resveratrol, which has been proven at improving heart health and endothelial functions inside of many animal testings.

Pterostilbene is effective at fighting cancer via several mechanisms. pterostilbene has the anti-inflammatory properties (cancer is caused by cancer in some). pterostilbene is also a powerful antioxidant. To explain further, pterostilbene is capable of neutralizing free radicals capable of promoting oxidative damage in various parts of the body.

  • Colon –in several mouse studies, Pterostilbene has reduced colorectal tumors significantly
  • Breast –breast cancer drug tamoxifen in vitro effectiveness was improved with use of Pterostilbene
  • Lung – lung cancer cells in vitro have been inhibited with Pterostilbene . The cancer cells begin to self-destruct and cancer cell apoptosis can also occur.
  • Bladder –chemo-resistant human bladder cancer cells experience growth restriction with Pterostilbene via apoptosis and autophagy (autophagy is a form of self-cannibalism of cells).
  • Pancreas –one pancreatic cancer cell line was reduced by 63% and another by 75% with Pterostilbene
  • Skin – multistage mouse skin carcinogenesis is inhibited by Pterostilbene (similar to reservatrol).
  • and many others.. wich will be explained thought this website.

Pterostilbene is found in an array of natural foods and dietary supplements, allowing people to get the antioxidant naturally in what is eaten. It has been found in blueberries, cranberries and grapes, specifically within the skin. It is the skin which offers protection from pests, mold and mildew, as well as the sun. pterostilbene found in dietary supplements can be found on its own or in conjunction with other ingredients.

In the most recent months, pterostilbene has quickly become a promising natural compound in the nutrition and health supplement marketplace, though admittedly it was unheard of this time last year.

There are several reasons for this sudden increase in the popularity of the product and the supplements within the market.

First, there have been a number of scientific studies published on the topic since 2004. As more promising studies are released, it promotes scientists to release even more to show how popular a product is and what the research is that they have experience with.

Next, enhanced technology allows pterostilbene to be produced at lower costs and in larger quantities.

Pterostilbene was isolated first from a red sandalwood tree which is endangered and found only in southern India. Due to the endangered status of the tree (and other species containing pterostilbene) and the extraction process (it is labor intensive and expensive), obtain large quantities of the pterostilbene from this source is not practical.

Luckily, another source also contain pterostilbene. The main one from where it is today extracted / purified is blueberries.

pterostilbene blueberries

Technologies such as fermentation makes it possible for 99% pure pterostilbene to be manufactured low costs and in larger quantities. The technologies also encourage several endangered species to be protected.

As more positive studies increase and more inexpensive and high quality pterostilbene is produced, more pterostilbene supplements are sold in stores and online, allowing more people to take advantage of the many health benefits.