We may be one step closer to discovering the fountain of youth. According to a new study conducted at Harvard Medical School, red wine may have anti-aging benefits.
For years scientists have studied the health benefits of resveratrol – a compound found in the skin of red grapes, but only recently have Harvard researchers found evidence that this compound may play a part in preventing cell aging.
The study, which was published in the May issue of Cell Metabolism, tested the effects of resveratrol when given to mice. According to lead researcher, David Sinclair, resveratrol works by acting on the SIRT1 gene, a gene that may be responsible for the function and longevity of cells.
The results showed that when given resveratrol, the mice experienced a boost in mitochondrial function. Mitochondria provide our cells with energy. Decreased mitochondrial energy production has been linked to various diseases (diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease), as well as the aging process itself.
More research is needed to confirm these results and Sinclair doesn’t recommend that you reach for that extra glass of wine just yet:
“The amounts [of wine] we gave to our mice would be like drinking 100 glasses of red wine a day.”
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Sources: ASAPS and US News and World Report