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Fight Aging With Wine?

Are you looking for the fountain of youth? So is GlaxoSmithKline, and the pharmaceutical company is betting that it has found it — in red wine no less. Researchers have found a compound in red wine that slows the aging process, possibly prolonging life. American biotechnology company Sirtris discovered the compound, but Glaxo wants to own it and plans to buy the pharmaceutical start up for $720 million in cash. The company is gambling that this compound really works and hopes to reap the profits on many types of antiaging products.

Dr. David Sinclair of Harvard Medical School isolated the longevity compound resveratrol when experimenting with yeast. While helping yeast live longer may not seem that exciting, that same compound also countered the effects of a high-fat diet in mice and lengthened their little mouse life spans. Drugs modeled after this compound might help safely treat many deadly diseases that shorten our lives. So far, preliminary tests have shown the compound could lower blood sugar for people with diabetes. Sirtris hopes to develop compounds that have even stronger effects on slowing aging. Pretty cool, huh? Scientists are not encouraging us to drink more red wine, but this seems like pretty great reason to drink a glass tonight — just one glass, of course.


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scottdavis0676 scottdavis0676 9 years
This is good news for the bibulous.
ChefMD ChefMD 9 years
I usually have a glass of red wine with my meal every night, and local, organic or homemade is usually my glass of choice. Organic wines often have significantly higher levels of polyphenols than non-organic wines. If you aren't a fan of the wine,you can also achieve the same benefits in GRAPE JUICE (sometimes a bit more or less.. depending on which wines you would drink). Source: However, if you are a wine lover, it is better with a meal that has protein in it, as the protein appears to improve the bioavailability (absorption) of polyphenols. The polyphenol quercetin improves the bioavailability of resveratrol, the touted longevity compound found primarily in grape skin. Source: “ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine”
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
I should be in great shape then ;)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I don't know if I believe this...
emalove emalove 9 years
Haha, you don't have to twist my arm to get me to drink more wine ;)
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