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Red wine molecule has anti-aging effect

Ana Gomes, former FCT PhD fellow at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (University of Coimbra) is one of the authors of a study published in the prestigious scientific journal Science, which shows that the compound resveratrol, found in red wine, has anti-aging properties. The study, coordinated by researchers at Harvard Medical School (where Ana Gomes is currently a post-doctoral researcher), confirms what was suggested a few years ago: that the enzyme SIRT1, capable of prolonging the life span of yeasts, worms and fruit flies, is a direct target for compounds that control aging diseases. Resveratrol is one such compound, which activates the SIRT1 enzyme directly.