Compound in Red Wine Protects DNA

Red wine has been both contested and applauded for its anti-aging benefits such as improving longevity and cardiovascular health. A recent study raises a glass to red wine once again.

Researchers from the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at The Scripps Research Institute suggest that a compound found in red wine, resveratrol, stimulates a stress response gene that activates a number of genes that protect the body and guard against DNA damage.

Previous resveratrol studies touting its health benefits have been criticized for using unrealistically high doses of the compound to achieve a positive effect; however, in the Scripps’ study researchers found a moderate consumption of red wine would give a person enough resveratrol, to “evoke a protective effect.”

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