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Friday, June 6, 2008

Red wine might actually slow aging

With all the back-and-forth discussion of the health benefits of red wine, it's hard to know whether you can be self righteous about your wine consumption or not. But here's some new research that furthers the wine-for-health argument we love so much.

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According to an article in the New York Times, red wine may work its magic on the human lifespan to a greater degree than thought before.

The article explains:

The study is based on dosing mice with resveratrol, a chemical found in some red wines. Some scientists are already taking resveratrol in capsule form, but others believe it is far too early to take the drug, especially using wine as its source, until there is better data on its safety and effectiveness.

Dr. David Sinclair of the Harvard Medical School, a co-founder of the the drug development company, Sirtris, said this new research could change medicine. But another researcher, Dr. Matthew Kaeberlein of the University of Washington in Seattle, said the results involving mice may not translate to similar results in humans.

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