Red grapes... the latest secret of long life, scientists claim

There has been evidence for years that drinking red wine is good for the heart.

Now scientists claim that a chemical in the skin of red grapes will help you live longer. Harvard Medical School professor Dr David Sinclair says the chemical contains a potent anti-ageing compound, called resveratrol.

In 2004, he co-founded a firm to develop a synthetic form of the substance, which is stable enough to be put in a pill bottle. And, last week, it was revealed that the UK pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has bought his company for £361million.

The sale has stunned some scientists who say there is little data on the drug's effectiveness and safety in humans. But Dr Sinclair remains convinced he has discovered an elixir of life.

He said: 'The upside is so huge that, if we are right, the company that dominates (this market) could change medicine.'

Source - Daily Mail

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