Wine Compound May Slow the Effects of Aging

Resveratrol, a compound found in red wine and grape skin, may slow the effects of aging, researchers say.

Tests were conducted on mice, and the results showed longevity in life, but only if started before middle age, according to the study, which was published July 3, 2008 in the journal Cell Metabolism.

From Yahoo News, “researchers at the U.S. National Institute on Aging, Harvard University and at other international institutions found that resveratrol prevented age-related and obesity-related cardiovascular functional decline, improved the functioning of the animals' aortas, significantly reduced total cholesterol levels, decreased heart inflammation and slightly lowered tryglyceride levels.

The study found that resveratrol had many positive effects on age-related problems in mice such as:

-Mice consuming resveratrol daily had better bone health with improved thickness, volume, mineral content and density compared to the mice that weren’t treated.

-At 30 months of age, daily resveratrol taking mice were found to have fewer cataracts.

-Mice on resveratrol had enhanced balance and coordination at 21 and 24 months.

-Mice fed a high-calorie diet along with resveratrol lived longer than the mice consuming a high-calorie diet without resveratrol. This suggested that resveratrol may improve longevity.

Researchers still have much to learn before resveratrol can be recommended for human use. Safety and biological effects in humans remain to be studied experimentally.

Wow, I can drink red wine and potentially live longer? Sign me up! Maybe resveratrol is our ticket to the fountain of youth. What do you think? Could the researchers be on to something?


Jul 7, 2008
by Anonymous

The good, the bad and the overpriced

Since the Dr. Sinclair study was published in Nature a flood of dubious companies have sprung up selling resveratrol. Consumer Lab, the independent authority on supplement quality and safety, evaluated the major brands and found many to be deficient.

The highest potency products that passed their evaluation were Biotivia, Transmax and Bioforte. Biotivia transmax is also the one used in many of the published studies. Bioforte was judged to be the best value in high potency brands. A product by Life Extension Co. failed badly with only 26% of the claimed resveratrol. Another brand, Revatrol, had virtually no resveratrol in its supplement. Several other products that passed on quality, such as Longevinex, had so little resveratrol in their products that the cost per mg was sky high. The Consumer Lab test results are available on their web site.