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Can Red Wine Really Help You Live Longer?

Were you watching the ABC network the other night? On Tuesday, April 1, ABC aired a special which featured the issue of aging. The question was raised – is it possible to live to 150 years old? Really - living to 150? Was it some sort of April Fool’s Day special? It’s no joke. The latest research points to the possibility of humans living longer, healthier and ultimately happier lives – perhaps even to the ripe young age of 150.

How is this possible? A number of topics were covered in the primetime special report, but one concept really stood out – resveratrol. This ingredient, found in red wine, has been getting a lot of attention as of late. In November resveratrol made headlines when scientists demonstrated that it kept overfed mice from gaining weight and protected against other ill effects of overeating (such as diabetes), doubled the mice’s running endurance, and seemed to increase their life span.

This comes after studies of the life-extending effects of resveratrol in yeast cells then roundworms and fruit flies, then short-lived fish in which large doses of the compound boosted their life span by more than 50 percent.

So how does resveratrol work? Let’s take a closer look at this exciting and possibly life-changing discovery . . .

What does resveratrol do?
To begin with, reports from a number of sources, including Harvard Medical School, Boston University School of Medicine, the Universities of Illinois and California and numerous professional medical journals from around the world, have indicated that resveratrol has the following benefits:

• Promotes rejuvenation of all cells, glands and organs of the body
• Boosts the levels of energy, strength and stamina
• Promotes circulatory and pulmonary functions to more youthful level of efficiency
• Enhances immunity against the causes of premature aging and poor health
• Fortifies muscular and skeletal systems for optimum performance
• Boosts sex drive and performance
• Supports metabolic function to help fight tendency towards obesity

In addition, the “Journal of Pineal Research” concluded, after extensive testing, that resveratrol is more protective of DNA than Vitamin C therapy, which has long been considered the most effective protector of DNA. Upon reviewing all of this accumulated scientific data, it was concluded that the level of resveratrol in your system has a direct relationship to the level of your immune power to age related illnesses. And—of equal importance:

• The younger the level of physical performance and endurance
• The younger the appearance of your skin
• The better weight control
• The less accumulation of body fat
• The sharper your power of concentration, memory and reflex reaction time
• Promotes flexibility of your joints

Resveratrol and Cancer Control
Numerous studies have shown that red wine has effects on several cancers, such as leukemia, skin, breast, prostate, and pancreatic. Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center have found that resveratrol can actually help destroy cancer cells. Resveratrol has already been shown to reduce tumor incidence in animals in one or more stages of cancer development and it has also been shown to hinder the growth of different types of cancer cells.

How can you get resveratrol?
While scientists are working to develop a drug that would essentially have the same amount of resveratrol as hundreds of bottles of wine, there are supplements already on the market that contain this ingredient. Plus, you can reap the benefits of resveratrol in red wine and foods like grapes, raspberries, and peanuts. If you can take your aging into your own hands – and start to reverse the effects that go along with it - why wouldn’t you?

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