20 August 2012
A compound found in red wine could improve mobility problems in later life, a new study has suggested.
Scientists have stipulated that resveratrol, the "miracle molecule" found in red wine, could help to improve mobility among older people and prevent dangerous falls.
Researchers at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh fed young and old laboratory mice a diet including resveratrol for eight weeks, and tested the animals' ability to walk round a steel mesh balance beam, counting the number of times each rodent took a misstep.
While the older mice at first had more difficulty navigating the obstacle, by the fourth week, they made far fewer missteps, and appeared to have the same ability as the young mice.
Previous research has indicated that resveratrol, which is found in red wine and dark-skinned fruits, could also help to lower inflammation and cholesterol, as well as cutting the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Posted by Philip Briggs
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