The Health Benefits Of Drinking Red Wine

Grand Cru Red Wine, St Emillion, France - Photo: Phil Wiley

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Health Benefits of Drinking Red Wine

So is drinking red wine good for your health or not? The jury is still out but appears to be leaning towards the answer ‘yes’. That a few glasses of red wine a week is good for your health.
And it appears to be because of an ingredient in the wine called Resveratrol

Resveratrol (3,5,4′-trihydroxy-trans-stilbene) is a phytoalexin produced naturally by several plants when under attack by pathogens such as bacteria or fungi.

Resveratrol is currently a topic of numerous animal and human studies into its effects. The effects of resveratrol on the lifespan of many model organisms remain controversial, with uncertain effects in fruit flies, nematode worms,[1] and short-lived fish. In mouse and rat experiments, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, blood-sugar-lowering and other beneficial cardiovascular effects of resveratrol have been reported. Most of these results have yet to be replicated in humans.

In the only positive human trial, extremely high doses (3–5 g) of resveratrol in a proprietary formulation have been necessary to significantly lower blood sugar.Despite mainstream press alleging resveratrol’s anti-aging effects, there is little present scientific basis for the application of these claims to mammals

Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes and is a constituent of red wine, but apparently not in sufficient amounts to explain the French Paradox.The French Paradox is the observation that French people suffer a relatively low incidence of coronary heart disease, despite having a diet relatively rich in saturated fats. The term French Paradox was coined by Dr. Serge Renaud, a scientist from Bordeaux University in France.

When a description of this paradox was aired in the United States on 60 Minutes in 1991 with the proposal that red wine decreases the incidence of cardiac diseases, the consumption of red wine increased 44% and some wineries began lobbying for the right to label their products “health food”.The program catalysed a large increase in North American demand for red wines from around the world. It is believed that one of the components of red wine potentially related to this effect is resveratrol.

In 2008, a study found that high doses of resveratrol (a constituent of red wine) mimicked some of the benefits of caloric restriction (including reduced effects of aging) in mice.

Research suggests that moderate drinkers are less likely to suffer heart attacks than are abstainers or heavy drinkers.Therefore, the alcohol in wine might be a factor in the French Paradox. Wines, particularly red wines, are a source of low levels of resveratrol. High doses of reseveratol have been linked to longevity and cancer prevention in other species

People say red wine is good for your heart, and in this video we cover the health benefits of red wine and why it’s good for you and also cover resveratrol.
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