Red wine proven good for Anti-Ageing – but too much could be damaging say researchers

Red wine proven good for Anti-Ageing – but too much could be damaging say researchers

27 February 2015

We’re all familiar with the phrase “a glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away”. While red wine has been proven to be an effective Anti-Ageing solution, new findings by researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University have issued a warning that too much of our favourite tipple may be damaging to our health.

Red wine contains resveratrol, known for its powerful antioxidant effects. It’s this ingredient that helps to prevent many diseases associated with ageing, including Alzheimer’s, cancer and heart disease.

Wine’s influence on our muscles’ ability to regenerate depends on the amount we consume, according to the Manchester-based scientists. Tests showed that in small doses, wine supported the cell regeneration process, while larger doses actually had the effect of slowing down the tissue regeneration process.

Lead Researcher Dr Hans Degens, from MMU, said: “Stronger muscles and the ability of the muscle to repair damage are important for a healthy lifestyle, especially in older age where muscle decline can have a series of implications for a reduction in our quality of life.

“So we analysed if resveratrol was able to promote the repair of muscle and reduce oxidative stress where free radicals (destructive molecules) speed up the ageing process.

“The results showed that the effects are dependent on the dose and it is unclear from the equivocal results if drinking wine or eating chocolate would have anti-ageing properties and repair muscle or the opposite.”

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