The French people have low occurrences of heart diseases in contrast with the Americans, in spite of the fact that a regular French diet included the presence of high fat and high intakes of wine. This was called a French paradox and was first studied by the “60 Minutes”, eighteen years ago.
A few years later, most of the researchers agreed that red wine is responsible for the prevention of heart disease. In fact, this was even ratified by the federal dietary guidelines. According to the latter, red wine have beneficial properties if taken in moderate consumption.
In a “Resveratrol 60 Minutes” report in January, scientists around the country were able to identify the substance in red wine and named it as resveratrol. They consider this substance responsible for the protection of the heart, or possibly even more. According to the information of the “Resveratrol 60 Minutes” report, the said substance should be taken in high concentrations in order to derive the much needed protection, especially on age related diseases.
If these scientists are right, resveratrol will be the key for that extra ten to twenty years of having a healthy old age. Based on an interview with Dr. Christoph Westphal who told “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer, that if the findings are true, resveratrol, will have a drastic effect on people’s healthcare.
According to resveratrol clinical trials, obese mice administered with resveratrol can run longer than those thin mice that were without resveratrol. These studies can even be an indication that obesity is not a barrier to fitness. However, human testing is still needed to further validate this claim and it may even take a decade for clinically proven products to be sold in the market.
It was also revealed in the resveratrol clinical trials that red wine supplement is already sufficient to trigger the life extending effect of the substance in the body. This may be the reason why French people are healthier, compared to their American counterparts. If ever, resveratrol may be the key to the fountain of youth in the form of supplements or “red wine pill” and that is something to hope for.
Red wine as a healthy body supplement is one of the most talked about dietary news in recent years. Based on Dr. Oz’s studies, the key is the alcohol and partly resveratrol. According to Dr. Oz, resveratrol can be the powerful antioxidant present in the skins of grapes.
In the preparation of red wines, vintners put grape skins as part of the ingredients. However, when the same process was done to white wine, resveratrol became unavailable. As claimed by Dr. Oz, resveratrol has other medicinal benefits, including its ability to trigger a system in our body that can prevent the aging of cells.
Moreover, he stated that these grapes are grown in not so good environment such as hillsides or trees, hence, the grapes are in a way telling us not to depend entirely on external factors for subsistence. The doctor suggested its interpretation as having more reliance on our own cellular chemistry in order to live better and longer.
Resveratrol clinical trials are underway throughout the U.S., testing patients suffering from diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, aging disorder, insulin resistance, colorectal cancer, colon cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. Moreover, the Medical College of Wisconsin is conducting a pilot study on the effects of resveratrol supplement in the development of treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. The objective is to make possible the transition of the said degenerative disease into its development from mild to moderate.