Pterostilbene – no it’s not a flying dinosaur, it’s actually a compound that is very similar to the famous resveratrol molecule found in wine which has been shown to support heart health. Interestingly enough however, while Pterostilbene can be found in blueberries and dark skinned grapes often used to make wines, the molecule itself isn’t found easily in wine. This is believed to be due to the fact that the molecule is unstable when in contact with light and air.
Pterostilbene is currently becoming a common place ingredient in many pre workouts due to its benefits as a nootropic, assisting in relaxing the mind and enhancing cognition. It’s also often included in pre-workouts due to its ability to help vasodilate the blood vessels, thereby offering similar effects to other nitric oxide promoting ingredients. However, a lesser known application of Pterostilbene may be its effects on fat mass and fat loss.
A recent study looking at Pterostilbene supplementation in mice found over 6 weeks found that those receiving 15mg/kg of Pterostilbene reduced their fat mass by a massive 15.1%, while those receiving 30mg/kg of Pterostilbene reduced their fat mass even more by 22.9%. The authors believed Pterostilbene was able to affect levels of fat mass due to its ability to reduce lipogenesis or the creation of extra fat in fat cells as well as increase fat oxidation or fat burning in the liver.
Fat burners are one of the most popular if not the most popular category of health supplements around and as more research into different molecules, compounds and ingredients is conducted, the greater the potential to extract and utilise their beneficial effects. Pterostilbene is still a relatively unknown ingredient, but it’s one that is beginning to exhibit a wide range of benefits, especially as a pre-workout ingredient but also as a fat loss ingredient. To make the most out of the ingredient, aim to get at least 1.22mg/kg or 85.4 mg to benefit.
1. Gomez-Zorita S, Fernandez-Quintela A, Lasa A, Aguirre L, Rimando AM, Portillo MP. ‘Pterostilbene, a Dimethylether Derivative of Resveratrol, Reduces Fat Accumulation in Rats Fed an Obesogenic Diet.’ J Agric Food Chem. 2014 Aug 1.