For several years now we have been told about the many good qualities that are in red wine. Things like antioxidants and resveratrol can improve heart health, of course as those studies conclude, that is only if the wine is consumed in moderation. The antioxidants are said to raise the “good” cholesterol and protecting your arteries from damage — again, in moderation. Too much alcohol, even if it is red wine, can and does have a very negative affect on your health.
Well, researchers at Duquesne University have been studying the effects of that other scientific word, “resveratrol’s” effects on lab mice, and have found some interesting results. Suspecting that this antioxidant might have other benefits, such as protecting nerves from damage caused by so called “free radicles” the scientists wanted to know how treating elderly lab mice with it (resveratrol) might affect their abilities.
Well, upon they discovered that the elderly mice that were treated with this antioxidant showed dexterity that was about on par with their younger peers. The treated mice were able to walk across narrow beams without stumbling, while the elderly mice that weren’t treated had a harder time at completing the same task.
The implications are pretty clear. Resveratrol can help prevent the falls in elderly humans; but before you go out and buy yourself a bottle of red wine, there is a catch — there is always a catch, isn’t there? The thing about those lab mice is that the amount of resveratrol they were given would equate to a human having to consume 108 bottles of red wine; which would more than likely cause you to not just fall down drunk, but more than likely cause you to fall down dead. However, I can only imagine that there will be a day when the pharmaceutical industry will figure out a way to put this antioxidant in pill form, so that we human’s might one day not have to worry so much about falling down in our old age.