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Resveratrol: endurance

By Jessica Yadegaran
Friday, November 17th, 2006 at 10:28 am in Uncategorized.

So now the scientists are telling us that Resveratrol, a compound in red wine and grape skins, can also make those little mice run twice as far without collapsing in exhaustion. So this potential fountain of youth compound that was already proven to reverse the effects of obesity in mice now also gives them endurance. To quote France’s Johan Auwerx of the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology: "Resveratrol makes you look like a trained athlete without the training.”

Oy. Last I checked me, Hugh Johnson, my Italian drycleaner and everyone else I know who drinks a lot of wine does not look like my roommate Gavin, who IS a professional athlete and has zero body fat. We all have at least a pooch belly from too much wine, and all the trappings gastronomique that come with it. Listen, I’m not knocking science, but, if you notice, we keep on tapping into things that have been known for centuries. It’s the same with cacao. The Mayans used it for healing and stamin; Casanova for even more. It’s widely known that ancient poets and gnostics used wine for enlightement and zillions of other things. But we have to throw a new scientific sticker on it and a marketing phenom is born. Taken out of the context of mice physiology, I just hope people don’t use this as an excuse to not exercise or worst, abuse drink too much. It’s a far different and more complex world we live in than the labriynth those mice occupy.

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