Over the years, many scientists have claimed that red wine not only extends life expectancy, but it also helps protect the heart and offers protection from diabetes and cancer.
Resveratrol, found in red wine, may be where credit is due.
A study from 2014 shows that resveratrol activates the stress response in human cells. It is this detail that leads scientists to believe that resveratrol plays a role in longer life and protecting against disease.
Resveratrol occurs naturally in the skin of fruits such as grapes, blueberries, and mulberries.
It can keep muscles supple and help protect connections between neurons in the brain, according to researchers at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.
Additional studies have shown that those who consume red wine at least once a week had much better cognitive function in their older years than those who did not drink at all.
According to Dr. Howard Sesso, a medical professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts, “the evidence is firmly in place for red wine preventing heart disease, diabetes, and a few other vascular conditions.”
- It is important to note that all definitive research was conducted on rodents, not on humans. The assumption by scientists now is that resveratrol by itself would need to be taken in extremely high doses to have any significant effect on the human body. But note that they say, “by itself.”
There are numerous instances and stories from those who have lived to be 100 or older.
They claim they have been drinking red wine on a regular basis for most of their adult lives.
For instance, those who live in Sardinia, Italy are known for their daily consumption of a regional red wine. This particular wine has up to three times the level of resveratrol as other red wines. It is normal for them to drink small glasses of this wine throughout the day. This could help explain the fewer heart attacks and lower stress levels among the men in this region of the world.
Those who eat a Mediterranean diet also known to live longer than those who don’t. This diet consists of fish, mainly plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts, and drinking red wine.
More studies are in the works right now as scientists concede the benefits of resveratrol in terms of overall health and the possibility still exists that it is a factor in living longer. Until these studies are conclusive, it is advised that red wine is to be consumed in moderation and as part of a balanced diet.
So, go ahead and enjoy that glass of wine with dinner.