Cell Metabolism, red wine might just fix those fine lines.
The study tested the effects of resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, on mice. Resveratrol works by acting on the SIRT1 gene, which is believed to control the longevity of cells. SIRT1-deficient mice did not receive the benefits of resveratrol. According to the study, researchers found that the SIRT1 gene is necessary to enjoy any benefits from resveratrol, regardless of dose. Translation: the more energy in the battery life of your cells, the better you age (in theory).
"The decline in batteries is a major factor that makes us susceptible to diseases. The cells have more energy and live longer," David Sinclair of Harvard Medical School said in a written statement. The results of this study, Sinclair said, offers "proof of the role SIRT1 plays in the relationship between resveratrol and aging, and could offer insight into how future anti-aging drugs may work."
While the study sheds light on the anti-aging effects of red wine on mice, it doesn't mean you should run out and guzzle a few gallons of wine tomorrow. The dosage used on mine would equal nearly 100 glasses of red wine a day, Sinclair told HealthDay. Still, these findings may lead to the development of new anti-aging treatment.
How does red wine fit in? Right now, the effects red wine could have on aging is still a long way off, but given the above information it's possible red wine might just have another positive side effect.