Pterostilbene: Stilbenoid compound from Resveratrol


Pterostilbene: Stilbenoid compound from Resveratrol

Another promising health supplement ingredient which can even be more beneficial than the already popular resveratrol is the resveratrol derivative compound known as Pterostilbene. Various animal-subject studies have already revealed efficiency of the compound in terms of providing health benefits associated with resveratrol use, along with other important health effects. In terms of safety, however, there is a need to conduct actual human studies to ensure absence of health risks but in several studies, experts made suggestions to take the compound within given doses to prevent side effects. Pterostilbene has recently gained a lot of attention in the field of medical science not only for its antioxidant health effects but also for the claim that it can control insulin resistance.

What is Pterostilbene?

Pterostilbene is classified as a stilbenoid compound. It is highly associated with Resveratrol as derived from the same, with the inclusion of a methyl group. Just like Resveratrol, the compound Pterostilbene is found in blueberries, grapes and other fruits from the same family. It can be preferred over resveratrol as it is shown to have longer bioavailability, which means that it can be present in the human body for longer periods of time. A combination of Pterostilbene and Resveratrol is also a highly recommended inclusion in health supplement formulations as it provides a synergized effect in terms of cancer prevention and many other health effects.

Health benefits of using Pterostilbene

There are many promising health benefits of using Pterostilbene within recommended doses. It is also safe and effective for use among individuals belonging to various age groups. The following are some of the benefits of using Pterostilbene:

  • It may improve cognition

Pterostilbene is among the few antioxidant compounds which help eliminate toxic compounds in the human brain, thereby preventing neuron damage and protecting brain cells from toxic trauma. This health benefit results to improved cognition and overall brain function as it promotes an effective interplay of nerve cell impulses and transmission. Pterostilbene has been shown to improve memory, focus and overall analytic abilities.

  • It may promote weight loss

Various clinical studies also show that regular doses of Pterostilbene may help promote weight loss among patients suffering from overweight status and obesity. This health benefit may lead to the prevention of many diseases including cardiovascular disorders, Diabetes mellitus and many other conditions. Dietary supplements containing Pterostilbene primarily advertise the compound as a weight loss ingredient, although it has many other benefits which are more significant in medical science.

  • It may lower blood pressure

Hypertensive patients who are at high risk for myocardial infarction, embolism and stroke may also benefit with Pterostilbene supplementation as it is proven to help lower blood pressure. The pharmacodynamic pattern associated with this health benefit, however, it not yet fully understood.


Pterostilbene is a very promising health supplement ingredient of the current generation. With health studies involving the compound being completed, it is expected to rise in popularity in the coming years.

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