Scientists are trying to put red wine into pills and we’re not sure how we feel about it

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  • Yay for red wine

    Science is nothing if not efficient. We already know that red wine has some serious health benefits – for example, one man drank four bottles a day and lived to 107. What’s more, it could make your hair healthier, too. But now, researchers are trying to find ways to put all the health benefits of red wine into pills that you can ingest.

    Yes, a pill. With red wine in it.

    The drink not only makes you tell all your friends and crushes you love them, but also contains Resveratrol, an ingredient that can protect against heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes. In fact, the health benefits of a glass of red wine at dinner have long been celebrated.

    But, the amounts in wine are too diluted to really make much of an impact. To get enough to slow down the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, for example, you would have to drink 1,000 bottles of wine.

    According to The Wall Street Journal: ‘Resveratrol occurs naturally in red wine at such low concentrations, and in combination with so many other substances, that studying its health benefits among wine drinkers isn’t practical. And purified resveratrol is broken down in the liver so quickly that it must be given at very high concentrations to prove effective.’

    Instead, researchers are trying to concentrate Resveratrol into pill form. They want to prevent it from being broken down too quickly in the liver, and are planning on testing their current findings with Alzheimer’s disease and Friedreich’s ataxia. Basically, the pills would give you all the benefits that wine has to offer without the massive hangover that would come with drinking 1,000 bottles of it.

    We’re excited about all the work that is being done to reduce the effects of so many diseases. But still, can someone just go grab another bottle already?

    From the editors of HelloGiggles

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