India's First Wine, Food and Hospitality Website, INDIAN WINE ACADEMY, Specialists in Food & Wine Programmes. Food Importers in Ten Cities Across India. Publishers of delWine, India’s First Wine.
Skip Navigation Links
About Us
Indian Market
Wine & Health
Wine Events
Retail News
Contact Us
Skip Navigation Links
Wine Tourism
Book Review
Photo Gallery
Readers' Comments
Video Wall
Media Partners
Ask Wineguyindia
Wine & Food
Wine Guru
Gerry Dawes
Harvest Reports
Mumbai Reports
Advertise With Us
US Report on Indian Market Released
Top Ten Importers List 2015-16
On Facebook
On Twitter
Delhi Wine Club
Take Red Wine Pill to Stay Young in a Few Years

Posted: Monday, 11 March 2013 11:08

Study: Take Red Wine Pill to Stay Young in a Few Years

Mar 11: While the health benefits of the anti-oxidant resveratrol in red wine are not debatable, the quantity of this chemical is so small that the amount required would negate the positive benefits due to the harmful effects of alcohol, but a new Harvard study published last Friday indicates that a new pill mimicking resveratrol but with a hundred times the potency and possibly available in five years could substitute wine as a health product.

The study conducted by an Australian biologist David Sinclair in collaboration with researchers from the US and Portugal, and published Friday in the Science journal, has settled the controversy over whether resveratrol in red wine can fight cancer, Alzheimer's Disease and Type II diabetes, on a positive note.

Ten years ago scientists had already discovered that the resveratrol found in red wine and chocolates could activate a protein known as ‘sirtuin’ which could fight age-related diseases. But the claim was disputed because the reaction could only be observed when a fluorescent chemical known as fluorophore was present.

However, the new study shows that resveratrol could have the desired effect in the absence of the synthetic chemical. Sinclair, who is from the University of NSW working in Harvard, said fluorophore mimicked the greasy amino acids that exist naturally in the body.

“It's as we thought-resveratrol really does turn on this anti-aging enzyme," Sinclair said, adding that ‘In the history of pharmaceuticals, there has never been a drug that tweaks an enzyme to make it run faster,’ according to a report in the Medical News Today (MNT) making it more active than any anti-oxidant.” He added that synthetic drugs that work the same way but with 100 times the potency could be available within five years.

About 4,000 varieties of the drug have been reportedly developed since 2005, with the more promising versions tested on mice and three progressing to human trials. “The studies are small so we can't claim victory yet, but the drugs appear to be safe in humans so far,” Sinclair reported said.

Sinclair is open to the possibility that small doses of resveratrol found in wine and chocolate could be beneficial due to its age-fighting properties when it reacts with amino acids that exist naturally in the body, but drinking a glass or two won't cure any major diseases since it's not potent enough, he asserts.

Sinclair concludes, ‘"Now we are looking at whether there are benefits for those who are already healthy. Things there are also looking promising. We're finding that aging isn't the irreversible affliction that we thought it was. Some of us could live to 150, but we won't get there without more research, because ultimately, these drugs would treat one disease, but unlike drugs of today, they would prevent 20 others. In effect, they would slow aging.”

The study may impact the wine market as well, insofar as many wine drinkers imbibe wine primarily for health reasons and not as a lifestyle drink. They would shift to these wine pills with no alcohol-especially in India where the non drinkers would be a ready market. Even the liquor lovers would perhaps love to add the pills to their daily regimen, presenting the pharmaceutical major GlaxoSmithKline which bought the technology in 2008, a great market of over 600 million over 30 years old.

Tags: anti-oxidant, resveratrol, David Sinclair, Harvard, GlaxoSmithKline


Want to Comment ?
Please enter your comments in the space provided below. If there is a problem, please write directly to Thank you.

Generate a new image

Type letters from the image:

Please note that it may take some time to get your comment published...Editor

Wine In India, Indian Wine, International Wine, Asian Wine Academy, Beer, Champagne, World Wine Academy, World Wine, World Wines, Retail, Hotel


Copyright©indianwineacademy, 2003-2020 |All Rights Reserved
Developed & Designed by Sadilak SoftNet