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How Wine Can Help the Elderly Live Longer

If you want to live longer, just drink red wine. That’s what scientists today are saying today. Here you will learn just how wine can help the elderly live longer.


For the elderly to live longer, better, and more productive lives many scientific studies have shown that the consumption of red wine can help.

These studies have come about because researchers have long wondered why the French can eat a high-fat diet and yet live longer lives minus the heart disease. 

This is known as the ‘French Paradox’ and many scientists have been known to feed wine to mice in their experiments in order for them to better understand this paradox.

In the year 2003 the scientists were able to pinpoint a particular component in red wine that helps slow the aging process in the elderly. This component that contributed to living longer is antioxidants.  

Benefits of Red WineAntioxidants help prevent free radicals which are cancer causing agents from damaging your delicate body cells. There are many antioxidants out there but the most studied of them all is resveratrol.

Research has shown that red wine is high in resveratrol, a naturally occurring substance that is found in plants and also in the skin of grapes and berries.

Not only is this chemical touted as the substance that helps in the quest for longevity because it limits the growth of tumors but it is also hoped that in the future this chemical will become a miracle drug that will be the cure-all for many diseases. 

This is because when scientists tested this chemical on mice, they found out that it not only affects free radicals it also has the ability to help metabolize carbohydrates thus an effective aid in lowering the insulin levels of diabetic persons. 

The tests also showed this chemical it aids in cell regeneration thus effectively slowing the aging process. The possible diseases that it will be said to be able to cure are: heart diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, poor motor coordination, cataracts, osteoporosis, and stroke which are conditions that are associated with the aging process.  

Any wine has the effect of giving you a healthy life but nothing can beat the amount of antioxidants present in a glass of red wine. Having pinot noir or cabernet sauvignon gives the elderly the benefit of elevating the levels of good cholesterol also known as high density lipoproteins (HDL) in the body and prevents the buildup of excess bad cholesterol or low density lipoproteins (LDL). 

Scientists from Harvard have claim that they have found the key that unlocks the secrets of aging. They pinpoint that sirtuins play an important role in the aging process. As people age, this chemical plays a higher importance because it ensures that genes that should be "off" remain this way, these chemicals are also found to be able to repair DNA as we age. The answer to this is the resveratrol found in wine because it activates the protein SIRT1 which aids in the repair of chromosomes. 

If you’re one of those who are wondering why many French women are able to maintain slim waistlines, much can be contributed to the red wine they consume. Those who consumed red wine of course always in moderation regularly, have smaller waistlines that those persons who frequently (or less frequently) consume too much red wine.  

The idea here is that if you’ll be able to keep your weight down, there is the bigger chance of reducing weight-related diseases and other forms of diseases of the heart thus elevating your chances to live longer. When you say moderation it means that women drink a 4 ounce glass of wine everyday while for the men it is recommended that they consume no more than 8 ounces of wine in a day. 

As you have learned here, numerous studies support the moderate consumption of red wine to help you live longer. So stop feeling guilty because when it comes to drinking wine the secret to be able to live longer is to practice moderation. As the saying goes, less is more.