In 2006, Harvard scientists discovered that an antioxidant called Resveratrol (derived from wine) possessed qualities that could drastically improve health in humans. The New York Times picked up the story, and soon after, the discovery was the toast of the international medical community. Now, that revolutionary breakthrough and its aftermath are contemplated in To Age or Not to Age. The documentary seeks to dispel some of the common myths about disease and growing older. Unlike controversial films such as Michael Moore’s Sicko, To Age or Not to Age shifts the bulk of its focus toward the future of research as opposed to poking significant holes in the current healthcare system.

The film does touch upon a number of important issues connected with healthcare, including socio-economics, FDA regulation and integrative medicine. The process of aging and quality of life are also covered within the film. Genetics and theology are even discussed.

The only issue I really take with To Age or Not to Age is that it spends most of its time postulating and theorizing the possibilities of slowing the aging process with the use of Allopathic drug therapy and development as opposed to focusing on the increasingly popular alternative, preventive medicine. Even though Resveratrol was studied in the well-respected Ivy League (and subsequently taken by many of the scientists who developed it as a supplement), some still seem reluctant to speak about it due to the FDA’s refusal to recognize its benefits.

True, many are fearful of being deemed charlatans or quacks, but if it’s good for the goose, why not share what they know with the gander? Why not distribute the knowledge to the public and allow them to decide for themselves? Hell, why even bring it up in the first place if you’re not willing to go the distance? The film is lots of science with less education. Perhaps it should have been the other way around.

To Age or Not to Age is fairly interesting, but I imagine that it’s only so for those who are already compelled by its subject matter. It is a chatfest, lacking any major celebrity cameos or cinematic dazzle. For anyone who enjoys a docu-series on the Discovery Channel – or is into natural health and wellness – this one could be right up your alley.

Grade: B

To Age or Not to Age releases in select theaters July 16.