(PRWEB) June 30, 2005
A new word has crept into American health talk Â resveratrol. This remarkable molecule from Nature is abundantly in the skin of grapes. It promises to add years Â healthy years - to current life spans. Some researchers argue it may increase human life by 30 to 50 years. And it shows added power to treat maladies ranging from influenza to pancreatitis and prostate cancer. Medical researchers wonder what canÂt it do?
Regardless of all the recent positive reports in science and medical journals, resveratrol became better known when it made it into the movie Sideways, a film about two hapless guys, one a failed writer and Pinot Noir wine devotee, the other a failed actor who would drink any wine. U.S. sales of resveratrol-rich Pinot Noir jumped after the movie, just as red wine sales zoomed when 60 Minutes aired the French Paradox piece in 1991. In fact, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Oregon, just received federal approval to show resveratrol content of its Pinot Noir on the label, a move previously forbidden.
Other food producers want on board the resveratrol health bandwagon. Peanut and blueberry growers have gotten into the act, claiming their products contain resveratrol too, though, in truth, only trivial amounts are provided, and not in the concentrated, preserved manner seen in a corked bottle of wine.
A new resveratrol users group Website seeks to become the hub of excitement over resveratrol, hosting reports, blogs, interviews and opinions about this red wine molecule.
ResveratrolÂs magical properties (inside red wine) were noted as early as Roman times. Indeed, the Romans used red wine to treat wounds among its soldiers. Currently, the oldest man and woman in modern times, a woman who lived 122 years in France, and a man who lived 115 years in Sardinia, were both wine drinkers. Which leads many to ask - has humanity really found the fountain of youth in a red wine molecule? The unfolding answer to that question is found at http://www.resveratrolnews.com.
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