Much like chocolate and coffee, it has been long debated whether red wine indeed has health benefits and scientists have come a step closer to proving it does, a new study suggests.
New research has proven that red wine can have age-defying effects and protect the body against damage and disease, according to scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in California.
The researchers discovered that an organic compound, called resveratrol, which is found in the skin of grapes can limit stress and damage on the body’s DNA. Resveratrol imitates naturally occurring molecules in the body that work to protect DNA against damage and disease.
The compound, which is not only found in grapes but is also in cacao beans and various other plants, is produced as a response to infection and other health dangers.
While there has been widespread study over the years as far as the role of resveratrol, in this new study, researchers found that it is possible that a moderate consumption of red wine (a couple of glasses, for example) could give a person enough resveratrol to induce a protective effect on the body, the scientists concluded.