Red wine compound could lower fall risk

Around one-third of adults over 65 experience a fall each year, and it is the largest cause of injury-related death among seniors. However, researchers believe a common compound found in red wine may hold the key to staying upright and enjoying senior living.

The findings were presented at the meeting of the American Chemical Society, and they suggest that resveratrol, a compound known for its many health benefits, may help seniors avoid falls as well. To get the results, researchers fed mice a diet high in resveratrol for eight weeks. Halfway through the study, the older mice were already taking fewer missteps.

"Our study suggests that a natural compound like resveratrol, which can be obtained either through dietary supplementation or diet itself, could actually decrease some of the motor deficiencies that are seen in our aging population," said study leader Jane E. Cavanaugh. "And that would, therefore, increase an aging person's quality of life and decrease their risk of hospitalization due to slips and falls."

This is just the latest study that suggests resveratrol could have significant health benefits for older adults. Along with helping avoid falls, the compound may also reduce levels of "bad" cholesterol and prevent blood clots, according to Mayo Clinic.