What is Pterostilbene?
Pterostilbene is a naturally occurring antioxidant compound found in plants, belonging to the stilbenoid family. It is closely related to resveratrol, a well-known antioxidant found in grapes and red wine. Pterostilbene has gained popularity due to its potential health benefits, including its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective properties.
Where does Pterostilbene come from?
Pterostilbene is found in various plant sources, with the highest concentrations present in blueberries, grapes, and Pterocarpus marsupium (Indian Kino Tree). The compound is produced as a defense mechanism against environmental stressors, such as pathogens and ultraviolet radiation.
What are the effects of Pterostilbene?
- Enhances cognitive function and memory
- Reduces anxiety and stress
- Promotes neuroplasticity
- Supports heart health
- Boosts antioxidant defenses
- May improve metabolic health
How to use Pterostilbene?
Pterostilbene can be consumed through a diet rich in blueberries and grapes or taken as a dietary supplement in capsule or powder form. It is best taken with a meal containing healthy fats to improve absorption.
How much Pterostilbene to use?
When trying out new supplements it is wise to start with a lower dose and–depending on the experienced effects–increase or decrease the dosage accordingly
The recommended dosage of pterostilbene varies depending on the individual's needs and sensitivity. Typical dosages range from 50 mg (mild) to 150 mg (medium) and up to 300 mg (strong) per day.
What are the side effects of Pterostilbene?
Pterostilbene is generally considered safe and well-tolerated. However, some people may experience mild side effects, such as headache, dizziness, or gastrointestinal discomfort. If you experience any adverse reactions, discontinue use and consult your healthcare provider.
Interactions of Pterostilbene
Most nootropics are relatively safe to use on their own. Combining them with other substances may cause them to suddenly become dangerous or life-threatening.
Pterostilbene may interact with certain medications or supplements, particularly those that affect blood clotting, blood pressure, or cholesterol levels. Consult your healthcare provider before taking pterostilbene if you are on any medications or have underlying health conditions.