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Wine and Longevity

What researchers have uncovered is a survival gene that can be "switched on" to become a longevity gene. The gene increases the production of an enzyme that prolongs the time a living cell has to repair its DNA genetic material. This enzyme is normally produced when the survival of living cells is threatened by starvation, exposure to germs or bombardment by solar ultraviolet radiation. No longer would humans have to starve themselves to prolong life.

In a plant model, the skin of a grape increases its production of the enzyme which produces a protective molecule called resveratrol. It is resveratrol, when given to yeast cells, fruit flies, worms and mice that extends life by a whopping 70 percent. Humans have the similar survival gene.

There has been a flurry of scientific reports on resveratrol recently. About 450 of the approximately 750 scientific reports on resveratrol listed by the National Library of Medicine have been published in the past 24 months. Studies point to this miraculous molecule as a potential cure for cancer, heart disease, age-related brain disorders, and much more. Resveratrol inhibits fungal infection, raises HDL "good" cholesterol, lowers PSA levels in males, raises immunity, controls blood pressure, preserves red blood cells, prevents blood clots and inhibits inflammation. How much more could one ask of one molecule? Furthermore, it would take only about 3 to 5 milligrams of resveratrol, about the amount provided in a glass of red wine, to produce these results in humans.