Thursday, February 16, 2012


Talking about resveratrol, there are  magazines, television programs and  Internet articles that in our opinion, lead to confusion in some cases. For example, some scientist in Harvard University claim that resveratrol is the Holy Grail against aging. Other institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, the Salk Institute and the University of California, say that resveratrol is almost an elixir for youth. Is it to much?. In our humble and relying exclusively on what our parents have always said, before our grandfathers and our great-grandparents even before, we believe that natural food is always good. If this is red wine, is a source of health.And if wine is taken in moderation, is a source of life.


But let's go with something more of science: David Sinclair, professor in Harvard University and world-renowned specialist in aging battle, has worked for some years searching for substances that someday effectively delay the human agingHis studies have proved that resveratrol activates certain genetic pathways or "regulatory genes" that exist in all forms of life, protecting the organisms in a way that makes them more healthy and probably will prolong their life.

The key, in our opinion and also given by Sinclair when he says "It´s not important living longer. The really important is feeling as 60 years old when you are 90"Can you imagine it?. Great!

Resveratrol is a natural substance in the  polyphenols group, which is generated in vegetables. It is found in peanuts, blueberries and cranberries, as well as spruce, eucalyptus and other plants (not all edible), but mostly found in the skin of red grapes. Thus, red wine is rich in resveratrol, but white wine also has a certain amount. Many articles have said that resveratrol in the wine protect against heart disease, talking about the famous "French paradox". That paradox tells about French, who have lots of cheese, foie gras and other foods high in fats in their diet, but still they have lower cholesterol levels and suffer fewer heart attacks than average. Presumably  this is because in their diet they also enjoy more red quality wine than the rest of the world.

Some scientists have demonstrated that resveratrol has neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant  properties, helps to protect against cardiovascular diseases and even some scientists have theorized about the possible use of resveratrol to treat some cancers.

Should we give our grandchildren resveratrol capsule every morning in order to get 100 years old without seeing a doctor? Should we buy a bottle of pills and take resveratrol just now?

For the first question, nobody knows the answer. But about the latter, the response according to many scientists and  our logic thoughts is clear that NO. For the moment, we prefer to enjoy a glass of high quality red wine (SANTALBA wine if it´s possible), because we do not know if we will live longer, but sure we´ll live better. Of course, always in moderation.

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