Drinking red wine may help people to live longer, a new study has found.
According to Wired, pharmaceutical company Sirtris has discovered that a substance called resveratol, which occurs naturally in red wine, has been found to have life-prolonging effects in mice and now humans.
The company has developed a drug from the substance that is five times easier for the human body to absorb than its naturally occurring cousin. A study conducted by the company found the drug was effective in stimulating a gene that plays a role controlling aging, significantly reduced blood sugar in diabetic patients as compared with a placebo group, and did not have any negative side effects.
“We believe that this is the first time that a drug candidate has shown efficacy in a disease of aging by targeting the genes that control aging,” Sirtris chief executive Christoph Westphal told Wired.
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The drug is still in an early test phase and is unlikely to reach the market before 2012. In the meantime, if you needed a reason to have that extra glass of red with dinner, you now have it.