Drink Wine, Live Longer

Like dark chocolate, most of us know that red wine is one of those luxuries that's also loaded with health benefits.

But is it also the fountain of youth that can slow aging and extend human life spans?

Scientists, pharmaceutical companies and anyone who enjoys uncorking a nice bottle of red are certainly hopeful.

The fate of the magic elixir (if it turns out to be one) hinges on a chemical compound called resveratrol that is found in some red wines. Increasingly, scientists are finding evidence this compound slows aging.

According to an article in the New York Times, however resveratrol is sparking a new wave of drug research. Pharmaceutical giants are willing to spend big money to explore the compound's potential.

In fact, early results are so promising that GlaxoSmithKline bought a company researching the compounds for $720 million, ultimately with the hopes of developing lonegivity drugs.

According to the article, the mice in several clinical trials respond to high doses of resveratrol, which enables them to maintain healthy tissues and stave off degenerative diseases. Some mice even went from being couch potatoes to the rodent equivalent of ultra-marathoners.

Naturally, there's a catch — and this one is a doozy. It seems that one sensible glass of red wine contains far too miniscle an amount of resveratrol to do much good. (Thus, the need to create drugs.)

In fact, the mice were given an amount of resveratrol that would require you and I to each drink 100 bottles of wine daily in order to reap similar rewards.

For me, anyway, I'm pretty sure that drinking 100 bottles of wine in one sitting would do just the opposite of slowing down the aging process and extend my lifespan.

Meanwhile, I'll continue to enjoy a sensible amount of red wine. A glass or two a day may not help me live longer. But it certainly helps me live in the moment.

Thank you for signing up!

Tell us what you think!
If you'd like to comment on this article, become a member of Gaiam Life.
Click here to create your account.