Posted 10 October 2011
Solal is selling an “anti-aging pill” containing among other, resveratrol. In a deconstru ction on this blog, the invalidity of the anti-aging claims was embarrassingly highlighted, showing that the research was conducted on, among other, worms, and extrapolated to humans.
This did not appear to embarrass Solal for they continue to market this product – although with alteration of some of the claims (but still continue to claim “Research in animals on a high-calorie diet shows that resveratrol can increase lifespan and improve other factors associated with a longer life”).
Now here is where it becomes more interesting: resveratrol works through a “chemical” called sirtuin.
In a new development, it appears that sirtuin/resveratrol may not even be working in animal/insect models either:
“Claims that boosting levels of sirtuin enzymes can combat age-related diseases have suffered a blow. David Gems at University College London discovered that worms and flies genetically modified to have higher sirtuin levels actually owe their extended lifespans to background genetic differences”. (New Scientist)
The article was published in Nature.
Will this study result in Solal removing this product from the market?