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Friday, April 27, 2007

To Your Health: Study Suggests Red Wine Prevents Symptoms of Aging

Researchers at the University of Granada in Spain believe that a hormone found in red wine might block some aspects of aging in humans.

A bottle of pinot noir might not quite be the fountain of youth, but it could help supplement the amount of melatonin our bodies produce, the study published in the journal Experimental Gerontology said. The scientists say that as we age and pass 30 years old the amount of melatonin produced naturally goes down. Substances in grape skins may help replace the missing amounts.

Melatonin is also found in cherries, bananas, onions, oats, corn and rice. However, while these are also good natural sources of melatonin, none are quite as enjoyable as a good glass of cabernet sauvignon.

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