Red Orbit By Alan McStravick 9/25/12
The adage that ‘if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is’ comes to mind when considering a recent joint study performed by Arizona State University, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Harvard Medical School.
For more than a decade, we’ve heard the anecdotal reports of small towns in Northern Italy or quaint villages in France where the locals eat the richest diets, throwing all caution to the wind. And what do they get for this gluttony and excess? They get some of the most balanced cholesterol figures on Earth. They get lifespans that exceed the averages of most every industrialized nation. And they get to drink wine. Lots and lots of wine.
Scientists have looked at these villagers trying to determine whether it was a genetic predisposition, a more active overall lifestyle or if it was the wine. If nothing else, the lack of a definitive conclusion led to clever marketing of red wine in the United States by vintners and wine merchants who had no qualms over utilizing pop science to move their product.
In this most recent study, researchers from the partner organizations hypothesized that drinking red wine just might provide positive health benefits and could even extend your life.
Researchers focused on resveratrol, a compound found in red wine. They found that when they administer resveratrol to honey bees,