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Red Wine Won’t Help You Live Longer, but It May Help You Live Better

Posted Aug 12 2008 9:03am

A little blush won’t make you a lush - but it may make you a lot healthier. Resveratrol, a compound found in grapes and red wine has been shown to increase the health of lab mice, though it did not increase their lifespan. The study was performed on mice that were fed various diets: one group was fed a standard diet, one was fed a large diet and one group was fed every other day. Once the mice were 12 months old - the equivalent of 35 in human years - some of them were given resveratrol as part of their diet.

Mice receiving the compound showed lower cholesterol levels, better heart health and lower obesity and age-related heart issues. In addition, the mice given resveratrol had better bone health, reduced cataract formation and better motor coordination. Don’t go overboard, red wine still contains alcohol and it’s full of empty calories. Overindulgence can add unwanted inches to your waistline and increase triglyceride levels. Don’t overdo it.

Written by: Donnell Peavy

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