Is the fountain of youth filled with red wine?

May 24, 2012

Is the fountain of youth filled with red wine?
Is the fountain of youth filled with red wine?

A new study conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School reveals some new information about the anti-aging benefits of a compound found in red wine.

Resveratrol, which is a compound found in the skin of red grapes, has long been touted for providing health benefits. Now, scientists say that they have found evidence on how the compound may play a role in preventing cell aging.

According to US News and World Report, researchers studied the effects of resveratrol on mice and isolated the specific gene that is affected by this substance. They found that when this gene was not functioning in the rodents, the resveratrol had no anti-aging effect. However, normally functioning mice did enjoy a boosted mitochondrial function when given the compound.

The study's lead author, David Sinclair, explained to the news source that a decrease in mitochondrial energy production has been linked to a variety of diseases, including diabetes and Alzheimer's disease, as well as to the aging process itself. This study adds to a body of work and evidence that resveratrol has the potential to combat aging.

However, experts say the study does not mean that those who want to feel and look younger should make drinking red wine a habit.

"The amounts [of wine] we gave to our mice would be like drinking 100 glasses of red wine a day," Sinclair told multiple news outlets. He is a cofounder and researcher for a company that is developing synthetic resveratrol to treat age-related diseases.

Certain foods, including strawberries, blackberries, corn, egg yolk, artichoke hearts, broccoli, flaxseed (omega-3 fatty acids), water and dark green, leafy vegetables are also believed to help in the fight against aging.

While a clear determination on resveratrol has not yet been made, experts recommend avoiding stress and toxins and living a healthy lifestyle to help maintain a youthful appearance.


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