Resveratrol Drugs Could Prevent Aging and Fight Diseases Like Diabetes

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We all know that red wine, in moderate amounts, has been shown to have have health benefits for the human body. What you may not know is that the compound that research shows gives these benefits is called resveratrol. That compound does one thing very well, and that is to help a protein in the human body, known to the scientific community as SIRT1. SIRT1 has certain effects that help to slow the impact of normal aging on the human body, so adding resveratrol may have a positive impact on human longevity.

GlaxoSmithKline, a major player in the world of pharmaceuticals is hoping to give patients with chronic diseases a chance to get the benefits of resveratrol without the fun (or hassle) of getting drunk. The sizable number of drugs in trial, 117 in total, are being tested to either cure, prevent or help treat conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimers Disease and various types of cancer.

There is also the potential for drugs with this compound to have a way to prevent impact on aging, but for the time being no such drug exists and further research is needed before anything like a daily such as a resveratrol vitamin will be out on the market for consumers. So for now you are just going to have to stick to enjoying a nice glass of red wine each night, what a shame. Oh, and the same activation of SIRT1 can be found when humans practice calorie restriction and get regular exercise.

Source: Daily Mail
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