New Fountain of Youth: Red Wine Pills
GlaxoSmithKline developing drugs based on resveratrol
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 11, 2013 1:00 PM CDT
Wine could be hold the key to a new longevity boost.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – You've no doubt heard that drinking red wine is good for your health. But scientists and Big Pharma alike are getting excited about putting the health-boosting essence of red wine in pill form. GlaxoSmithKline is working on a slew of new pills that do just that, the Daily Mail reports, after a recent study in the journal Science showed the huge potential of resveratrol, a chemical found in red wine. Resveratrol activates a protein called SIRT1, which is believed to have an anti-aging effect.

"Ultimately, these drugs would treat one disease, but unlike drugs of today, they would prevent 20 others," one Harvard geneticist explains. "In effect, they would slow aging." The most recent studies show the drug could help treat a host of illnesses, from cancer to Alzheimer's to type 2 diabetes. GlaxoSmithKline has developed around 4,000 synthetic forms of the activator, each 100 times more potent than a glass of red wine, and is already testing three in human trials. In animal trials, they extended the lifespans of overweight mice by 15%.

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Mar 13, 2013 6:16 AM CDT
Yea! Drug companies find another way to dupe public and increase profits.
Mar 12, 2013 9:51 PM CDT
Now you can get drunk and be a pillpopper at the same time! Woohoo!
Mar 12, 2013 8:30 AM CDT
People have been chasing mythical Fountains of Youth or Elixir Vitae for thousands of years. The ancient Chinese drank potions laced with metallic liquid Mercury, thinking it would give them eternal youth. The Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, nobles & kings of the Middle Ages, alchemists in the so-called Age Of Reason-- all failed. Things have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Including people. Age gracefully, kiddos.