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Monday, August 20, 2012

Live Longer By Drinking Red Wine

Ahhh... Wine
Ahhh... Wine (Photo credit: mRio)
By Polly Perrot

We have heard so many things good things about wine in terms of how it can affect your health. More specifically, it is the compound in wine called resveratrol that is responsible for a lot of the health benefits that wine possesses. What's more, recent studies reveal that resveratrol is potentially able to extend your lifespan. Learn about this fact by reading through this article.

In an article published on July 13 in a journal called Nature, biologist David Sinclair of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Texas together with his colleagues from the University of Connecticut and Brown University in Rhode Island, conducted a study on the effects of resveratrol on the lifespan of fruit flies and worms.

The study showed that the fruit flies and worms fed with resveratrol lived a lifespan 30% longer than those that were not. This is a breakthrough study, although its application on human subjects has not yet been done. Since the biological processes in all creatures are very similar, there is a very big possibility that resveratrol is also capable of extending the lifespan of humans.

As mentioned above, resveratrol is already known to protect us from many kinds of diseases, the reason for this being the high concentration of antioxidants within it. Antioxidants are compounds that target free radicals in your system, the causes of many illnesses.

However, in this study by Sinclair, it is not the antioxidant properties of resveratrol that extends life. Instead, the reason resveratrol lengthens life is because it mimics a calorie restricting mechanism that activates proteins called Sirtuins. Sirtuins are present in many animals and are responsible for regulating the aging process.

Resveratrol has long been known to reduce the chances of developing arthritis, improve skin integrity, improve liver function, decrease risk of developing infertility, decrease risk of suffering from strokes, and much more.

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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