For centuries, red wine has been linked to numerous health benefits. But this new study, published online in the journal Nature, shows that mammals given ultrahigh doses of resveratrol benefit from positive effects of cutting calories without actually doing it. “If we’re right about this, it would mean you could have the benefit of restricting calories without having to feel hungry,” Sinclair said. “It’s the Holy Grail of aging research.”
Dr. Brent Bauer, director of the Department of Internal Medicine’s Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic says “This may be the best thing since sliced bread for human beings, but we just don’t know yet.” This research, funded in part by the National Institute on Aging, was published in the journals Nature and Cells in November, and bottles of resveratrol have been selling like wildfire ever since.
Resveratrol is the ingredient in red wine that made headlines in November 2007 when scientists demonstrated that it kept overfed mice from gaining weight, turned them into the equivalent of Olympic marathoners, and seemed to slow down their aging process. Few medical discoveries have generated so much instant buzz.
Resveratrol is one of a group of antioxidant compounds called polyphenols found in red wine that has been reported to have anti-inflammatory as well as anticancer properties. Red Wine Ingredient May Delay Aging Resveratrol May Prolong Life and Fight Age-Related Diseases. Resveratrol, may counter type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance, a new study shows.
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“Resveratrol makes you look like a trained athlete without the training.”