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Component in red wine keeps mice healthy

Harvard Medical School and the National Institute on Aging recently did a study and found out that large doses of resveratrol, found in the skins of red wine grapes, peanuts and some berries, kept old mice healthy, even obese ones.

Although more studies are being planned, including one on monkeys, this could have far-reaching effects. Since the 60 Minutes story years ago on the "French Paradox" (how the French eat fattening foods, yet have lower instances of heart disease and high cholesterol, probably due to the amount of red wine and olive oil they consume), it has been widely believed that wine in moderation is good for your health.

Scientists warn that taking large doses of resveratrol is not recommended, and that more research is needed before we really understand how best to use this extract to our advantage, health-wise.

But this study is great news to wine lovers. If you needed another reason to open up that bottle of Cabernet this weekend, this is it.

Bottoms up!