What the Media Says
In a 60 Minutes’ segment simply called "WINE Rx," Morley Safer, reported: "Scientists across the country have identified a substance in red wine called Resveratrol that they believe might do more than just protect the heart, but could in very high concentrations significantly extend life by preventing a number of age-related illnesses. If they’re right, we may all soon be taking a pill that could give us an extra decade or two of healthy old age."
In one of her TV specials called "Live to 150, Can You Do It?," Barbara Walters also enthused about the benefits of Resveratrol. And Dr. David Sinclair told her, "I think we have passed a turning point in our understanding of the aging process."
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NBC NIGHTLY NEWS
Can a substance in red wine add years to your life?: Lab mice who received the substance and ate a diet similar to chocolate cream pie for every meal had fewer diseases and longer lives than mice who didn't get it. NBC'S Robert Bazell reports.
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In an article headlined, "Yes, Red Wine Holds Answer. Check Dosage," The New York Times reported, "Resveratrol is found in the skin of grapes and in red wine and is conjectured to be a partial explanation for the French paradox, the puzzling fact that people in France enjoy a high-fat diet yet suffer less heart disease than Americans." And, "Scientists have long known that a moderate intake of alcohol, and red wine in particular, is associated with a lowered risk of heart disease and other benefits. More recently, scientists began to suspect Resveratrol had particularly powerful effects and began investigating its role in lifespan."
A story headlined, "If red wine’s good, are Resveratrol pills even better?" reported, "At concentrations present in a person’s blood after two glasses of red wine, Resveratrol has been found to suppress the formation of blood clots and boost the efficiency of immune system cells. Much larger doses of Resveratrol increase the lifespan of yeast, flies, fish and roundworms, studies have shown. A feeding regimen that includes the good stuff found in red wine makes obese mice just as healthy, spry and long-lived as those who have been raised on near-starvation diets."
The Fortune article, headlined, "Can red wine help you live forever?" said, "Resveratrol is the ingredient in red wine that made headlines in November when scientists demonstrated that it kept overfed mice from gaining weight, turned them into the equivalent of Olympic marathoners, and seemed to slow down their aging process. Few medical discoveries have generated so much instant buzz—even Jay Leno riffed about it in his opening monologue."