Red wine has been shown to protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer, lower cholesterol, strengthen bones, help control blood sugar levels, and increase energy production. Now, more than a decade of research points to the possibility that red wine is also anti-aging.

Resveratrol, a polyphenolic compound found in red wine, has been in the spotlight of the longevity studies. How did scientists make the connection between longevity and resveratrol?

Clive M. McCay, a nutritional scientist at Cornell University in the 1930’s, discovered that a calorie restricted diet enabled animals to live longer. Other scientists have confirmed that calorie restriction is an effective way of extending the life span of lab animals. Studies with humans are more difficult to monitor, but there have been some noteworthy reports that are consistent with the findings of the animal studies; calorie restriction increases life span and reduces age-related diseases.

The red wine connection lies in the mechanism by which calorie restriction affects cellular activity. Certain genes, called sirtuins, are activated when a person takes in about 40% less calories than generally recommended. These genes are responsible for the longevity factor of calorie-restricted diets.

Is there another way to activate these longevity genes without restricting calories? In 2003 David Sinclair, MD, at Harvard Medical School, found a way to duplicate the benefits of a calorie restricted diet by using resveratrol found in red wine. By producing the same effects as the calorie restricted conditions that activate the sirtuins, resveratrol could lead to greater longevity and better health.

With hundreds of studies showing evidence that red wine in moderation is beneficial to our health and can add years to our life, why not have a glass with dinner? Enjoy!

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By Rena Crappell 

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