A group of scientists have made a major breakthrough in their quest to prove that a compound found in red wine is able to fight cancer, Alzheimer's and type 2 diabetes.
According to a new study published in the journal Science shows that the compound resveratrol, found at low levels in red wine and chocolate, has age-fighting properties when it reacts with amino acids that exist naturally in the body.
"It's as we thought – resveratrol really does turn on this anti-aging enzyme," Harvard geneticist David Sinclair said, according to The Drinks Business.
"It's more elegant and exciting than just mopping up free radicals. It's activating our body's genetic defenses against aging and diseases. That's probably more effective than any anti-oxidant."
The discovery could pave the way for a "red wine pill" that could protect the body from diseases.
The technology for such a drug was bought by pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline in 2008, reports Medical News Today.
Three synthetic activators that are 100 times as potent as one glass of red wine are currently in human trials.
"Ultimately, these drugs would treat one disease, but unlike drugs of today, they would prevent 20 others. In effect, they would slow aging," said Sinclair.