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New Clues to Red Wine’s Benefits

Monday, 07 May 2012 12:13 PM

New research reinforces the claim that moderate consumption of red wine and other foods containing resveratrol can boost health and increase longevity.
The Harvard Medical School study, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, said the benefits may result from resveratrol’s ability to boost the activity of mitochondria, the primary energy supplier in human cells and a key to health and lifespan.
"The results were surprisingly clear," said lead researcher David Sinclair, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School.
The findings are the latest in a series of reports by Sinclair and colleagues at Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology describing how resveratrol improves energy production and overall health in cells by activating a class of genes that promote mitochondrial function.
For the new study, mice were given low doses of resveratrol showed dramatic increases in energy, suggesting the process may, at least in part, account for its health benefits.
This research was funded, in part, by the National Institutes of Health.

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