Aug 21 2012
It is generally known that wine offers many benefits to health. There are many studies that show that it is the compound resveratrol in wine that is responsible for all the health benefits of wine. Recently, another study was conducted and found that, not only does resveratrol protect us from many illnesses, it also is potentially able to lengthen a person’s lifespan. Learn more about this by reading through the rest of this article.
On July 13, an article was published in the journal, “Nature”, featuring biologist David Sinclair of Harvard Medical School and his colleagues from the University of Connecticut and Brown University in Rhode Island. Sinclair and his team conducted a study on resveratrol and how it affects the lifespan of fruit flies and worms.
In this study, worms and the flies were fed with resveratrol and lived longer by 30% compared to those that were not. Although this study has not yet been done on humans, the result is already a breakthrough! The biological processes of all creatures are very, very similar. Therefore, if it lengthened these creatures’ lifespan, it could probably do the same for humans.
It has long been established that resveratrol is able to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, and that is because of its high antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that destroy harmful free radicals in our body.
However, it is not the antioxidant properties of resveratrol that are found to be responsible for this capacity to extend life. Instead, resveratrol is able to do so because of its unique ability to mimic a calorie restricting mechanism responsible for activating Sirtuins. Sirtuins are proteins found in many animals and regulate the aging process.
Well, since it is a known fact that resveratrol decreases the risk of developing strokes, protects from arthritis, improves skin integrity, protects the liver from damage, and so on, then it would make sense that this contributes also to why it lengthens a person’s lifespan. Since you are protected from many life threatening illnesses, your lifespan increases dramatically!
Wine, without a doubt, is good for a person’s health. But it is very important that to remember that the health benefits of wine come with moderate consumption. Too much wine can harm your health instead of improve it. Moderate consumption is defined as drinking a maximum of one small glass of wine a day.
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