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Red wine prolongs your life

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, November 2nd, 2006 at 11:08 am in Uncategorized.

As if wine could be more of a super food, scientists have discovered that resveratrol, a compound found in red wine and grape skins, allows obese mice to live longer, healthy lives than they should. Scientists at Harvard and other universities fed the mice high-fat, high-calorie diets. The compound activated genes that protect against aging, essentially neutralizing the bad effects of a poor diet. Great, just what we need, an excuse to eat MORE! Please don’t run out and eat five Big Macs because you had a glass of wine last night. You’d need to take tons of resveratrol in its supplement form, or drink 100 bottles of vino a day (I don’t care if it’s Chateauneuf-du-Pape, that’s gross), to experience what the mice did. That said, it does explain why French people get fewer heart attacks and may someday be used to delay the diseases of aging. The fountain of youth? Sorta sounds like it to me. The use of resveratrol extended the life span of every single organism the scientists tested it on, including worms and flies. Trouble is, like everything else, our bodies probably cannot handle it.

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