Red Wine, resveratrol and their health benefits. .
Ben Wasseman on July 7, 2008 reported that red wine compound may help middle-aged men’s heart. A recent study has suggested that middle-aged men and women could slow aging-related deterioration and functional decline by using resveratrol.
Resveratrol is a compound found in red wine, grapes and nuts. That study sponsored and conducted by the National institute on Aging confirmed resveratrol has some effects of calorie restriction, but indicated that this compound does not increase lifespan in study mice when fed a standard diet.
The study compared mice fed a standard diet, a high-calorie diet or an every- other-day feeding regimen with or without high- or low-dose resveratrol for the aging related health conditions.
Calorie restriction including every-other-day feeding regimen has been showed to improve markers of health.
The researchers found resveratrol prevented aging-related and obesity-related cardiovascular functional decline in the mice.
Resveratrol also significantly reduced total cholesterol in 22-month-old non- obese mice after 10 months of treatment. The compound also improved inflammation in the heart of some animals. Treated mice tended to have better bone health and bending stiffness. Aged resveratrol-treated mice were found to have reduced cataract formation and enhanced balance and motor coordination.
In spite of all the benefits, resveratrol did not significantly increase lifespan in animals fed standard chow, suggesting that the treatment did not affect all aspects of the basic aging process.
However, while the new findings are promising, it would be premature for people to start taking resveratrol supplements to improve health, saying a potent compound like this might interact in uncertain ways with other drugs. 
On the other hand, another study shows that consuming green tea appeared to quickly improve the function of endothelial cells. Endothelial cell damage is a key factor for the onset of atherosclerosis. Thus, consumption of green tea may promote the health of our heart. 
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