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In the News: Can Red Wine Keep You Young at Heart?

No doubt that a glass or two of red vino can awaken your youthful enthusiasm, under the right circumstances of course (dining with friends, during a hot date...).

But can red wine literally make you young at heart? As in, keeping your ticker from aging?

Apparently it might, according to this article released today by BBC News.

Actually, what the article states is that our old friend Resvertatrol, a compound found in red wines, appears to be able to do this - for mice.

Actually, what the article states is that Resveratrol in substantially larger quantities than can be safely delivered to your body through normal amounts of responsible red wine drinking, might have an anti-aging effect on heart genes.

When we hit a real health breakthrough with wine compounds that has a positive impact on humans, we'll know it - because it will be much bigger news than any of these important (but inconclusive) lead-up studies.

If I sound skeptical, it's not because I think this type of research isn't valuable. It's because the media oversells this research a bit, thereby fueling a specious supplement market. And because I like to skeptical. And cynical (I know... what a jerk!).

Don't be too swayed by the media around this. When we hit a real health breakthrough with wine compounds that has a positive impact on humans, we'll know it - because it will be much bigger news than any of these important (but inconclusive) lead-up studies.

In the meantime, if you want to get some health benefit from red wine, then enjoy a glass tonight and let the joy of connecting with that wine allow your hair to come down for a few minutes. It will probably do just as much good (maybe more) than the resveratrol that you're consuming at the same time...

Cheers!

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2 comments:

Arthur said...

Again, good, sober, critical thinking Joe.

Morton Leslie said...

Since any resveratrol that we consume goes from the small intestine thru the liver where it is eliminated from the blood stream, maybe we should begin taking our wine as a suppository. ;)