John on January 26, 2009 at 2:16 pm
From CBS News:
Seventeen years ago, 60 Minutes first examined the so-called French paradox, which suggested that the French – despite a high fat diet and high consumption of wine – had a remarkably low incidence of heart disease, compared with Americans. Most researchers agreed that there was something in the wine that offered protection, and a few years later, even the highly cautious federal dietary guidelines say that moderate consumption of red wine can be beneficial.
Now, 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 all may soon be taking a pill that could give us an extra decade or two of healthy old age.
The rest of the article rehearses the data on calorie restriction and resveratol’s ability to mimic its effects. The really good news comes at the very end of the piece:
One measure of the potential of this research: Dr. Sinclair and Dr. Westphal’s little start-up company was recently bought by the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline for almost three quarters of a billion dollars.
GlaxoSmithKline believes. So do I. I take one pill, equivalent to about 50 bottles of wine, everyday. Unfortunately, the pills have been found to be as effective as wine, but that will change.
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