Dr. Avnish Jolly, Chandigarh 6th July, 2008:Ingredients found in red wine, grapes and nuts can prevent many age-related problems in mice, an intriguing new study reveals. The substance, resveratrol, led to healthier hearts, better bone density, fewer cataracts and greater motor coordination in the animals.
Resveratrol is an ingredient of red wine, grapes, red grape juices, blueberries, peanuts, peanut butter, pistachios and other foods. According to Ayurveda / Unani / Siddha, in the traditional South Asian food we usually have juices and different dishes of seasonal vegetables’ and dry fruits for appetite and precautionary seasonal health measures. Even the intakes of Asavs and Arishts in control quantity under the supervision and prescription of qualified Vaid / Hakim (Doctor) before, after and during meals not only have medicinal value but also effects on the longevity and sexual functioning of the human body. Mostly People Living with Asthma, Neurological Disorders, Heart Problems, Osteoporosis and Arthritis etc. are prescribed to consume different Asavs and Arishts according to ailment on regular basis to overcome their problems of daily life.
The study was jointly conducted by Laboratory of Experimental Gerontology and the National Institute on Aging. The findings on this issue, published online last Thursday in Cell Metabolism, may increase interest in resveratrol as scientists seek to ward off the inevitable deterioration that comes with growing older.
Rafael de Cabo, one of the study authors shared that it slowed down substantially some of the main components of the aging process and we saw a big impact on overall health, but not on longevity. So that is an indication that not all of the aging-related processes were affected by resveratrol.
It is not known whether the substance would produce the same effect in human beings as it did in mice, or what the right dosage would be for people with varying weights and conditions. In other words, gorging on resveratrol-containing foods will not provide an elixir of youth, scientists stressed.
Dr. Stephen Bonasera, an assistant professor in the division of geriatrics at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center said that you’re not going to be able to get the kinds of levels that these mice got by altering your diet and there’s really nothing in this study yet that says it’s time for us to start taking resveratrol.
Duplicating the dosage given to mice, for example, would require drinking hundreds of bottles of wine per day.
But Bonasera, who was not involved with the study, said the findings add one more important clue about how scientists may someday be able to delay the physiological changes that come with aging and this is a nice new molecule that people are going to be able to play with and alter to meet our needs.