Life Better, Not Longer, With Red Wine

Resveratrol slows aging, doesn't fend off death: study
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2008 2:19 PM CDT
A compound found in grapes and red wine combats aging - but without extending lifespan.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – A compound found in red wine significantly slows the aging process in lab mice, reports the Independent. In large doses, resveratrol counters damage to the heart caused by aging and boosts bone density, possibly combating osteoporosis, according to a new study. But it's too early to order 100 cases of Beaujolais—resveratrol does not prolong life.

Findings "suggest that resveratrol may extend productive, independent life, rather than extending life span," said a researcher. "We found that while quality of life improved with resveratrol, the compound did not significantly affect overall survival or maximum lifespan."