Fountain of Youth: 78 bottles a day?

60minutesRecently 60 Minutes had a report about some scientists that are proving what we already know…wine is GOOD! Early in the article they state, as our headline does, that you would need 78 bottles a day to achieve their results. That sound like fun to me. But then they up the ante.

The pill is a highly concentrated form of resveratrol, a virtual vineyard of healthy living. Asked how much red wine one would have to drink to get the kind of resveratrol they are using in their experimental pills, Sinclair says, “Well, the sad news is that you’d need to drink about 1,000 bottles a day of red wine, which I don’t recommend.”

1000 bottles? That is a lot, even for me! Seriously, 60 Minutes has been on this story for a long time, as demonstrated by this excerpt:

Seventeen years ago, 60 Minutes first examined the so-called French paradox, which suggested that the French – despite a high fat diet and high consumption of wine – had a remarkably low incidence of heart disease, compared with Americans. Most researchers agreed that there was something in the wine that offered protection, and a few years later, even the highly cautious federal dietary guidelines say that moderate consumption of red wine can be beneficial.

Now, scientists across the country have identified a substance in red wine called resveratrol that they believe might do more than just protect the heart, but could – in very high concentrations – significantly extend life by preventing a number of age related illnesses. If they’re right, we all may soon be taking a pill that could give us an extra decade or two of healthy old age.

This is all very interesting stuff, and I have to admit that I have felt much better about many aspects of my life since drinking wine. I hope they find out that they are right about their preliminary results. I will strive to get my 78 bottles a day, it sounds a lot easier than trying to get 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

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