A Red Wine Supplement?

Posted by | Posted in Out of the Glass, Wine and Wellness | Posted on 11-11-2010

Over the past decade, red wine has gained wide recognition as part of a healthy lifestyle. Proponents suggest that a glass a day can have far reaching health benefits. Everything from improved heart health, lower cholesterol, cancer prevention , and weight control have been associated with red wine.

Although the jury is still out on exactly how much of an advantage red wine offers (perhaps a topic for a later post), several nutritional supplements purport to provide many of the same benefits in tablet form.

I just caught a press release from “Vindure 900,” which contains Quercetin and Resveratrol – two key antioxidants found in red wine. The company claims that a single tablets has as much Resveratrol as 100 bottles of wine! On its impressive website, Vinomis Laboratories explains that these compounds are “two of the most potent activators of the SIRT genes responsible for longevity.” Researchers believe that the SIRT genes promote longevity by increasing cells’ lifespans and limiting the number of harmful mutations that they accumulate.

Now, why anyone would pass up their daily glass of wine in favor of a pill is beyond me. In theory, though, these pills may benefit individuals seeking red wine’s advantages without the alcohol or calories.

Have any of you taken Quercetin or Resveratrol supplements? Let us know in the comments. You can also order a free sample of Vindure 900and report back!

Comments (2)

  1. I love that “a single tablet has as much Resveratrol as 100 bottles of wine.” Everyone knows that one glass of red wine each day is a good idea… Let’s have 100 GLASSES! More proof that Americans have the most expensive urine in the world.

  2. Very interesting claim by the Vinomis Labs. Unfortunately, there’s lots of literature that refutes their inference of increasing human longevity by manipulating single human DNA proteins.

    A recent article published by the NIH titled “Evolutionarily Conserved and Non-conserved Cellular Localizations and Functionsof Human SIRT Proteins” by Michishita et al of the Laboratory of Biosystems and Cancer, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute is less optimistic. In summary, the study reports, “This study supports the notion that multiple human SIRT proteins have evolutionarily conserved and nonconserved
    functions at different cellular locations and reveals that the lifespan of normal human cells, in contrast to that of lower eukaryotes, cannot be manipulated
    by increased expression of a single SIRT protein”. To me, that says unless you’re a yeast cell or a mouse, the process of increasing longevity is much more complex than a supratherapuetic dose of antioxidants. You’d do better to eat right, drink a good red wine (in moderation), stop or never start smoking, use sunscreen and exercise to increase longevity. Save the money that you would have spent on the VinoDure 900 for a really tasty cabernet. Or better yet, a trip to Napa!