Red wine, grapes may lessen illness of old age

Recent studies have long touted a compound known as resveratrol found in red wine, grapes and other fruits as a cure for various diseases and a preventative against aging.

Now, a new study by the University of Florida has revealed that the polyphenol compound – an antibiotic substance produced by plants as a defense against microorganisms – may not prevent old age, but it might make it more tolerable.

`We`re all looking for an anti-aging cure in a pill, but it doesn`t exist. But what does exist shows promise of lessening many of the scourges and infirmities of old age,` said UF exercise psychologist Heather Hausenblas, one of the study`s researchers.

A comprehensive review of human clinical research on resveratrol has found it has `anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties`, but more research on its benefits is needed, she said.

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