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Scientists Find 'Miracle Molecule' in Red Wine, Blueberries

Scientists Find 'Miracle Molecule' in Red Wine, Blueberries

By Suzanne Monaghan and Dr. Brian McDonough
August 20, 2012 7:50 AM

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There may be another health benefit drinking red wine.

Scientists report a so-called “miracle molecule” found in red wine might help improve mobility and prevent falls among older adults. The ingredient is called ‘resveratrol.’ Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at Duquesne University Jane Cavanaugh says they tested the effect on laboratory mice.

“As these animal age, they lose some of their motor coordination. Very similar as to humans do as they age. And when we gave them out the resveratrol, the older mouse has less loss of motor coordination.”

Resveratrol is also found in grapes, blueberries and other dark-skinned fruits.

“We just used blueberries in our study and actually when they eat the whole fruit it’s actually more effective than the resveratrol alone and you don’t need as much.”

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I read that today too.

What I found most interesting was the last line quoted.
It's the whole fruit that leads to good health, not an isolated molecule. Blueberries can't be patented as a drug, but Resveraltrol can.