It appears that red wine is beneficial for you besides giving you a good time. Scientists have discovered an ingredient called resveratrol in the red wine that has the potential to protect against Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes as well as heart problems.

This naturally occurring ingredient showed benefits in terms of longevity and health improvement when tested in mice and worms. However, such tests have not yet been successful in humans mainly because of the quick breakdown of resveratrol by liver. By increasing the concentration of the purified resveratrol, equivalent to the amount naturally found in 1,000 bottles of wine, the results obtained were riddled with negative side effects than benefits. People experienced gastrointestinal problems such as nausea, diarrhea and some even had kidney problems aggravated by the dehydration from resveratrol.

Since increasing the concentration has led to adverse side effects, scientists in Jupiter Orphan Therapeutics Inc, Florida, US, decided to change tactics. They created a synthesized resveratrol that would not break down so quickly in the liver and would as a result be able to show the benefits of the product in humans. Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has already decided to use their product, called Jot101, to see whether it works in treating children suffering from Friedreich’s ataxia, a disease that causes the loss of control on limb.

Work on resveratrol is still ongoing, with scientists trying to use the ingredient with other components found in red wine in hopes that the combination would offer better results. All that is certain for now is that red wine is a double-edged sword in terms of usage. It offers you naturally occurring ingredients that can work towards treating rare diseases, but can also harm you like any alcohol would.