Another Reason to Drink Red
Wednesday, February 14th 2007
Heart protector, cancer risk reducer - and now a tipple may slow ageing
Scientists have already given wine lovers several reasons to justify raising a glass of red to their lips, citing evidence that it may protect the heart and reduce the risk of developing some cancers.
Now researchers have come up with another reason to savour a good red - it could help slow the ageing process.
A study has concluded that melatonin, a substance found in grape skins, can protect cells from age-related damage.
Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone which plays a key role in the body clock and is used by some frequent travellers to try to counteract jet lag. In Britain and New Zealand, it is available only on prescription, but in the US melatonin supplements are sold over the counter.
Melatonin is also found naturally in foods such as onions, bananas, rice and cherries.
A study by scientists in Spain, suggest that taking a daily supplement of melatonin from the age of 30 or 40 could delay ageing.
Researchers in the Spanish Ageing Research Network took genetically modified mice which suffered accelerated ageing.
They found the first signs of ageing began at five months (equivalent to 30 years old in humans) and that it was due to a surge in oxygen and nitrogen which can cause inflammation and consequently cell damage.
The researchers, led by Professor Dario Acuna Castroviejo, of the University of Granada, found that giving melatonin to the mice every day from five months of age, when they stop producing it naturally, appeared to offset ageing.
But there is uncertainty about how it may affect other parts of the body.
As melatonin is a hormone, it may affect a woman's reproductive system. Professor Castroviejo still believes melatonin supplements should be legalised to help prevent age-related illnesses. He added: "Humans should try to increase melatonin consumption through food such as red wine, fruit and vegetables and cereals."
Sourced from New Zealand Herald, Friday 2 February 2007
Footnote from Ideal Health:
The following products are all useful for anti ageing:
Astaxanthin Advanced Immune Support
Collagen & Keratin Capsules
Rosehip Oil 100% Pure
Tru2U Tart Cherry & Green Tea Capsules
Sleep Support Tart Cherry Concentrate
Age Defence Resveratrol
Grape Seed 25000
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Pycnogenol - a powerful antioxidant from pine tree extract
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Vitis, a powerful antioxidant derived from grape seeds
Water, the elixir of life
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