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Component in red wine may slow aging.

While many medical studies have confirmed that moderate consumption of red wine--and other forms of beverage alcohol--can be helpful in preventing heart disease, a new report suggests that an ingredient found in some red wines may help slow the aging process.

Resveratrol is the ingredient that has been used in a series of longevity tests in mice, which have proven to significantly extend their lifespan, by mimicking a biological reflex known as "caloric restriction." That reflex "exploits an ancient biological survival mechanism, that of switching the body's resources from fertility to tissue maintenance. The improved tissue maintenance seems to extend life by cutting down on the degenerative diseases of aging," according to a front-page story in The New York Times.

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It is still way too early to determine how this might affect humans, especially since the mice received megadoses of resveratrol; however, further trials are being conducted by a drug company called Sirtris, which was purchased in 2004 by the drug giant GlaxoSmithKline for the specific purpose of working on developing a drug based on resveratrol.
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Date:Jul 1, 2008
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