The Times lavishes attention on resveratrol, one of the current darlings of the anti-aging marketplace. "It works by binding to a class of proteins called sirtuins which regulate the repair of cells and dramatically boosts their efficiency. Studies have shown that it has an impressive anti-inflammatory action which, in animals, has delayed the process of ageing and increased lifespan by up to 50%." While researchers see promise in a compound that appears to mimic some of the effects of calorie restriction, most responsible observers are suggesting it would still be premature to run out and buy resveratrol supplements. Efficacy in the laboratory is a fair way away from the proven benefits of supplementation.