Red Wine Chemical Could Let You Live to 150

A number of studies have pointed out the health benefits of resveratrol, a compound found naturally in red wine and other foods like berries and peanuts. Now scientists are testing synthetic forms of resveratrol on patients with an eye toward extending life.

Like calorie restriction and exercise — but without weight loss — resveratrol speeds up a target enzyme called SIRT1, which has the potential to prevent disease and slow aging. The latest findings were recently reported in the journal Science.

“Some of us could live to 150,” Harvard genetics professor David Sinclair told the Daily Mail. “But we won’t get there without more research.”

The drugs that were tested are 100 times stronger than what you’d find in a glass of wine. They could be oral or topical and may be available within five years. Via Red Wine Chemical Could Let You Live to 150

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2 Responses to Red Wine Chemical Could Let You Live to 150

  1. Rupert Hambrecht says:

    Caloric restriction may have its evolutionary roots as a survival mechanism, allowing species to survive on scraps when food is scarce in order to continue to reproduce. But that restriction only has lasting positive effects if the overall diet is a balanced one, which may not always be the case in conditions of famine. (That also explains why anorexia is so unhealthy: people who starve themselves become malnourished). It’s possible the strategy developed as a way to protect species from consuming toxic plants or foods, when it wasn’t always obvious which sources were verboten….^

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  2. Phil Krause says:

    Every now and then we hear another story about people living to 150 or 200 years old in the near future. There seems good reason because we are now living to almost 80 years old in the western world and we were only living to around 40 years old one or two hundred years ago. It appears that the modern world along with its technology has doubled our expected life span almost by chance so once we understand the ageing process we should be able to do so much more.
    Trouble is, these are average life times rather than maximum ones. Our maximum life expectancy is around 120 years old but most people die very much younger. We continue to increase our average life expectancy with better nutrition, medicin and healthcare but unfortunately this has not had any influence on our maximum life expectancy. Our maximum life expectancy has not changed in more than 100,000 years.

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