Like the majority of Americans (and everyone else in the western world), I’m not exempt from societal pressures to stay young and attractive forever. So like most, when I hit the shampoo isle in the supermarket (on the way to get to my Pantene), I am bombarded with all the creams and serums to keep my appearance “tight” and looking “youthful”. Everything is a topical miracle aka The Key To The Fountain Of Youth. Usually from the Pantene, I then head over to the wine isle (Yes, I have a super market routine) to check out what’s new and what I feel like drinking for that night. Recently as I raced through Albertsons, for some reason I started to think about the health benefits of wine. It’s not readily available information in the United States. So on my flight between LA and NYC yesterday (using gogo wireless internet in the air – I love technology!),
I decided to do a little research and what I found, made my taste buds dance and sing! The majority of the information boasted more internal health than external anti aging benefits, but hey I don’t mind living a long healthy life. So the results, lets start with a little background. Wine is the oldest remedy and prophylactic still in use. During Prohibition for at least 25 years in the United States, an entire generation of medical professional had their texts purged and censored with any mention of alcohol or wine for any application other than external use (could explain the lack of information readily available today in the US?). This generation became educators of the next, and perpetuated medical ignorance to the benefits of wine.
I found a Harvard study that examined the factors that influence aging, as reported in the May 8, 2003, issue of the journal Nature, it suggested that resveratrol extends the life span of yeast cells by 80%. Preliminary results of tests are said to be encouraging; study co-author David Sinclair told Reuters News Agency that “Not many people know about it yet, but those who do have almost invariably changed their drinking habits, that is, they drink more red wine(I suggest New Zealand Pinot Noir)”.
I also read that wine might even preserve cognitive function in the elderly. Several European studies highlighted the prophylactic effects of regular light to moderate alcohol consumption and may include the prevention or postponement of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other forms of dementia. Could wine be the Fountain of Youth? I hope so!