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Red Wine Compound Found to Slow Down Neural Aging in Mice

Resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, may help slow the effects of aging as much as dieting and exercise, according to Medical News Today. The news comes courtesy of new research done on mice.

Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in a number of plants, including grape skins, raspberries, mulberries, pomegranate, and raw cacao, and is known to have a number of beneficial health effects. It belongs to a family of compounds known as polyphenols, which is produced by plants to increase their survival and resistance to disease during times of stress, such as excessive ultraviolet light, infections, and climate changes.

In combating diseases associated with aging, and taken in concentrated doses, resveratrol also appears to stabilize levels of amyloid-beta and prevent further buildup of the protein in the brain, thereby slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Other benefits from resveratrol include protecting your cells from free radical damage, helping to lower your blood pressure and normalizing your anti-inflammatory response.

Interestingly, resveratrol also appears to produce biological effects similar to those of calorie restriction, directly flipping on a gene that stimulates production of a protein that prevents disease by recharging your mitochondria. In fact, one study showed that resveratrol not only improved mitochondria, but also protected against metabolic disease, diet-induced obesity and insulin resistance.

While you may think the way to utilize resveratrol’s powers is to simply up your intake of wine, alcohol comes with its own set of dangers, so be sure to keep it to just one glass a day, and try to obtain resveratrol from the actual foods.
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