As every self-rationalizing wine drinker knows, red wine's theoretical health benefits are a great excuse to order another glass... or two. Now, scientists say they are getting closer to channeling red wine's suspected health-giving ingredient into pill form, requiring no alcohol or dirtied glasses whatsover.
That magic ingredient, resveratrol, has been linked to a lower risk of diabetes and heart disease, and has even been suggested to slow the progression of Alzheimers by a recent Georgetown University Medical Center study. And on an anecdotal level, one 107-year-old winemaker attributed his long life to drinking four full bottles every day.
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According to The Wall Street Journal, though resveratrol's health benefits have been proven in subjects like worms, fruit flies, mice and other laboratory specimens, testing the benefit to humans has been complex due to resveratrol's extremely low concentration in wine. The Georgetown study mentioned earlier used a daily dose of the ingredient equivalent to 1,000 bottles of wine for a human... not exactly a realistic intake when alcohol's involved.