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Could red wine be the key to long life?

A woman arranges bottles of a red wine during the annual "Vinaria 2009" international wine fair in the town of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Wednesday, March, 18, 2009. (Petar Petrov)

May 2, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Red wine has long been touted for being heart healthy, but could a glass of wine actually lead to a longer life?

Researchers at the Harvard Medical School conducted a study on mice where they looked at the effects of a beneficial compound found in red wine called resveratrol.

The researchers fed mice a high fat diet and gave half of the subjects a large daily dose of resveratrol. Both sets of mice gained weight but the ones who received resveratrol had better glucose and insulin levels in their bloodstream.

More importantly, the mice who were given resveratrol lived months longer than the mice who were just on high fat diets.

Unfortunately for wine aficionados, the researchers believe it would be nearly impossible to replicate the same effects in humans because it would take 750-1,500 bottles of wine for a 150-pound person to receive the same dose of resveratrol given to the mice.