Benefits of Red Wine

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Resveratrol, a beneficial component of red wine, has health benefits, including roles as antioxidants, cancer and stroke preventing agents, blood thinners and blood pressure - lowering compounds.

Every glass of red wine contains hundreds of different phenolic compounds (or poly-phenols), some of which slow the damaging cell oxidation process.

Wine consumption was given a significant boost in the early 1990s by Dr. Serge Renaud, a French researcher. His studies show that red wine is able to disperse the fat-derived cholesterol that builds up in the arteries, which lowers your risk of a coronary heart disease.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University (October 2006) fed mice a moderate dose of a compound found in red grape skins and seeds before inducing stroke-like damage. They found that the animals suffered less brain damage than similarly damaged mice who were not treated with the compound called resveratrol.

When they pre-treated the animals with resveratrol orally, they observed a significant decrease in the area of stroke damage by about 40 percent. Researchers claim what is unique about this study is we have somewhat identified what can be the specific mechanism, in the wine that is good for health - we are building cell resistance against free radical damage.

The study showed that resveratrol increases levels of an enzyme in the brain - heme oxygenase - that was already known to shield nerve cells from damage. The beneficial effects associated with drinking a moderate amount of red wine could be explained by the fact the wine turns on the heme oxygenase anti-oxidant system.

Red wine has been suggested for the heart. It has a special effect with stroke and pre-treatment, and it suggests that prophylactic use of wine works. The fermentation process in wine-making boosts the concentration of resveratrol.

Researchers report (October 2006) that a glass of red wine per day may prevent colon cancer. Though previous research has linked alcohol consumption to an increased risk for colon cancer, this study found that red wine may be an exception to this rule, reported Joseph Anderson, M.D., of Stony Brook University.

Red wine drinkers were 68% less likely than non-drinkers to be diagnosed with colon cancer.

Red wine contains large quantities of resveratrol, an anti-fungal chemical that occurs naturally under the skin of red wine grapes and has demonstrated anti-cancer properties.

The amount of wine that must be consumed in order to reap the benefits of the compound will vary depending on a person's weight and the concentration of resveratrol in the wine, but it will probably work out to about two glasses a day.

An ordinary laboratory mouse will run one kilometer on a treadmill before collapsing from exhaustion. But mice given resveratrol, a minor component of red wine and other foods, run twice as far. They also have energy-charged muscles and a reduced heart rate, just as trained athletes do, according to an article published online (November 2006) in Cell by Johan Auwerx and colleagues at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology in Illkirch, France.

Research shows that a Mediterranean diet plays an important role in the prevention of coronary artery disease, metabolic syndrome (prediabetes) and reduces the chances of a premature death.

The main features of what is generally spoken of as the Mediterranean diet are:

� High consumption of fruits, vegetables, bread and other cereals, potatoes, beans, nuts and seeds;
� Olive oil is the key monounsaturated fat source;
� Dairy products, fish and poultry are consumed in low to moderate amounts;
� Little red meat is eaten;
� Eggs are eaten zero to four times a week; and
� Red wine is drunk in moderate (or low) amounts.

The skin and seeds of grapes are a rich source of proanthocyanidins, a class of antioxidant flavonoids that remove harmful free oxygen radicals from cells. Grape products (juice and red wine) are known for their heart healthy effects, especially in lowering levels of blood cholesterol. Because grape seeds contain higher concentrations of these chemicals, they are widely marketed as dietary supplements.

Chemicals found in grape seeds significantly inhibit growth of colorectal tumors in both cell cultures and in mice, according to researchers (October 2006) who have already demonstrated the extract's anti-cancer effects in other tumor types.

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