Red wine may be elixir of youth

The medicinal properties of the odd glass of red wine have long been document, and embraced. But now an international team of boffins has published a paper asserting that a particular compound found in red can activate an anti-ageing protein.

The substance in question is called resveratrol and it has long been suspected of bing able to activate a class of proteins called sirtuins that have been observed as helping to extend the lives of organisms like yeast. Sirtiuns are present in most mammals, with the SIRT 1 enzyme found in humans.

Controversy has raged for a decade or more over whether there’s cause and effect at work when resveratrol meets sirtiuns.


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