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Wine Compound may Suppress Appetite

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 11:06 AM

Chalk up another potential health benefit tied to drinking red wine. Intriguing new research suggests resveratrol – a beneficial compound found in wine – may suppress appetite and extend longevity.
These potential benefits, detailed in the journal Aging, add to the growing list of health-boosting effects past studies have tied to the chemical compound, including protection against cancer and heart disease.
The findings – reported by a team of scientists from Arizona State University, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and Harvard Medical School – are based on tests of the effects of resveratrol on the lifespan, learning ability, and consumption habits in honey bees.
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The results showed bees fed resveratrol consume less food – by triggering a "moderation effect" when they eat – and live up to 38 percent longer than those not given the chemical.
Although the tests involved bees, researchers suggested they have significant implications for humans.
"For the first time, we conducted several tests on the effects of resveratrol by using the honey bee as a model," said Brenda Rascón. "We were able to confirm that under normal living conditions, resveratrol lengthened lifespan in honey bees."
She added: "It's possible resveratrol may be working by some mechanism that is related to caloric restriction – a dietary regimen long known to extend lifespan in diverse organisms."
Resveratrol is a member of a group of plant compounds called polyphenols thought to have antioxidant properties. They protect the body against cell damage linked to increased risk for conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes, but also peanuts, berries, and other foods.
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