Posted on 02 May 2012 by admin
Do you enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner? If you do, then you're in luck, because a recent study has confirmed that resveratrol, an ingredient in red wine, may have life-extending abilities. This means that individuals who want to boost their health as they get older may want to consider drinking red wine in moderation, along with taking an herbal anti-aging supplement.
Scientists from Harvard Medical School said that an antioxidant known as resveratrol improves the health of mice on a high-fat diet and increases life span. The researchers set out to discover how this works. They found that the benefits of the polyphenol ingredient have to do with a gene called SIRT1, which is believed to maintain the function and longevity of cells.
Resveratrol works with this gene, and without SIRT1, the ingredient would not benefit the body. According to researchers, these findings could help scientists develop anti-aging drugs that will boost the longevity of cells, which is a very exciting possibility.
According to The Mayo Clinic, resveratrol may also help prevent damage to blood vessels and reduce "bad" cholesterol levels, so if you want a glass of wine, then go for it – but always in moderation.
Tags | Anti-Aging