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The Wine Guy: Pop the cork and open the Fountain of Youth

Best of The Wine Guy

The Wine Guy
with Anthony Scarano

We know red wine is good for the heart, but research is indicating it may also fight a multitude of cancers. This power of wine is due to the chemicals, including resveratrol, found in the skins of red grapes.

In the same vein, an American company claims to have available a marvelous anti-aging supplement containing resveratrol. This substance is an antibacterial and antifungal agent produced by plants and may reduce inflammation, lower blood sugar and fight cancer in humans. It has been proven to work in mice, but research has not yet yielded the same results in humans.

The scientific community is nonetheless excited about the possible benefits of resveratrol. The greatest focus on resveratrol right now is as an anti-aging agent that keeps the heart pumping more efficiently and can restore a youthful look.

A supplement containing resveratrol is now available. Vivix contains no artificial colors, sweeteners or preservatives, and the company that produces it claims a 30-day supply - a teaspoon a day - delivers resveratrol in an amount equivalent to 3,000 glasses of red wine (100 glasses of wine a day).

Laboratory tests have showed Vivix to be 10 times more powerful than resveratrol alone as far as slowing down cellular aging. People who tested the product for a couple of weeks claimed it cured gout, cleared their sinuses, eliminated tremors and age spots, and relieved their headaches. Other people claimed their asthma was less severe, they slept better, and that aches they experienced for years because of arthritis disappeared.

All of this sounds marvelous and miraculous, and if it were true would be a breakthrough in science. It couldn't hurt to try it. For information about Vivix call Evergreen Park resident Tammy Schweiger at 663-4226 or 952-0133, or write to her at 9334 Clifton Park Ave., Evergreen Park, IL 60805.

Don't forget to drink your wine, however. This wonderful tonic, drunk daily methodically and in moderation, can keep you healthy and looking and feeling young. Its antibacterial, antiviral and anticancer properties make it perhaps the most import food you will consume all day.

Anthony Scarano is not a doctor. He is an 88-year-old Evergreen Park resident, winemaker and certified naturopath. Suggestions in this space are solely the opinions of Mr. Scarano based on years of independent study and personal experience, and may not be beneficial to health. Wine should be consumed in moderation, as overindulgence may be harmful to health.