Is Resveratrol the “Fountain of Youth”?
Resveratrol has often been called the fountain of youth. So is it?
Because this compound can fight many of the diseases of aging, thereby promoting a healthy lifespan, some might say the answer is yes.
For its part, resveratrol has been shown to fight or prevent heart disease, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and Type 2 diabetes among others. According to a recent study from the World Health Organization (WHO), heart disease is responsible for 12.8% of deaths worldwide, stroke - 10.8%, and diabetes - 2.2%. And in the world’s highest income countries, lung & trachea cancer are responsible for 5.9% of deaths, colon cancer – 3.3%, breast cancer – 1.9%, and Alzheimer’s disease (and other forms of dementia) – 4.1%. What’s more, the rates of many of these diseases are increasing as unhealthy ‘Western’ style diets and physical inactivity (due to more workers working behind desks) spreads globally.
It stands to reason that if resveratrol can treat or prevent many of the diseases of aging, then people taking resveratrol will most likely live longer than they would if they did not take resveratrol. In other words, they will have a much greater chance of living out their natural maximum lifespan in a healthy and active way. Conversely, those not taking resveratrol would be more susceptible to the diseases of aging, and thus would have a greater chance of dying from them.
In sum, because resveratrol fights the diseases of aging, people taking it have a much greater chance of living longer than they would if they did not take it. Further, their additional years would most likely be healthy and active years – not years spent immobilized (perhaps in a hospital bed or home sofa) fighting the diseases of aging.