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Here we go again and I, for one, and pleased.  Health reporting on the value of red wine has been on a bit of a roller coaster with some studies showing significant benefit and other studies not so much.   This time it’s researchers from my old stomping grounds at Virginia Tech who say a compound found in red wine can help slow aging when taken in significant amounts.

We’ve heard about this one before -the compound is called resveratrol, and it's found in the skin of red grapes.

Resveratrol has been shown to help rats and insects live longer, by mimicking the effects of calorie restriction. Other studies on various critters who have had their calorie intake greatly reduced shows the body more or less slows down – a little like hibernation – and the lack of digestion and a metabolic process creates sort of a suspended animation and the subject's aging slows down.  Resveratrol seems to do the same thing as that lab induced mini-starvation.  I know which one I would pick, how about you?

The end game is for science to create a pill that will slow down aging.  Hey, wash the pill down with red wine and double dip! (Daily Mail)