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Wine, in Moderation


By no means in this list comprehensive, but here's some reseach that supports the moderate consumption of wine:


Red Wine: the Fountain of Youth?

A chemical found in wine can halt the aging process, according to researchers at the University of Gothenberg in Sweden. Before you starting cheering the attention-grabbing headline, the scientists who performed the study say you would need to drink somewhere between 15 and 100 bottles of wine a day for it to have an effect. I’m serious about the steady consumption of red wine, but that’s a little out of my league.

The study is nevertheless interesting. Researchers focused on the chemical resveratrol, which is found in the skins of red grapes, and discovered that some of the cells discarded harmful proteins, effectively halting the effects of aging.

That doesn’t mean that moderate amounts of wine will do nothing. University of Connecticut resveratrol expert Dipak Das says small doses of resveratrol can promote good health. Although it’s not fully understood, Das says there seems to be something about the way wine delivers resveratrol to the body that helps people achieve benefits that can’t yet be proven in controlled experiments.

Wine Could Delay Dementia

Another study in 2008 concluded that drinking small amounts of wine on a regular basis might improve cognitive function among older women. University of Glasgow doctors looked at brain function in more than 5,000 subjects between the ages of 70 and 82, and discovered that those who consumed a moderate amount of alcohol – especially the women – scored higher on a series of memory and language tests.

"This is not an endorsement to drink to excess - large amounts of alcohol will damage your brain - but the occasional tipple may do you some good," said David Stott, professor of geriatric medicine at the University of Glasgow.

Wine and the Heart

According the Mayo Clinic, various studies have shown that moderate amounts of alcohol can boost your heart health by raising HDL (good) cholesterol, reducing blog-clot formation, and preventing LDL (bad) cholesterol from damaging the arteries.















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