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Friday, October 7, 2011

Update on Red Wine Healthy Benefits?


 October 2011 in FASEB journal , shows that resveratrol, the "healthy" ingredient in red wine, stops breast cancer cells from growing by blocking the growth effects of estrogen. This discovery, made by a team of American and Italian scientists, suggests for the first time that resveratrol is able to counteract the malignant progression since it inhibits the proliferation of hormone resistant breast cancer cells. This has important implications for the treatment of women with breast cancer whose tumors eventually develop resistance to hormonal therapy.
"Resveratrol is a potential pharmacological tool to be exploited when breast cancer become resistant to the hormonal therapy," said Sebastiano Andò, a researcher involved in the work from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Calabria in Italy.

Is a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir your guilty pleasure after a grueling day's work? If your goal is a healthy, fit body, a red-wine habit is not the worst vice in the world.

Red wine, which is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols(compounds found in the skin of grapes and other plants) including powerful resveratrol, looks like blood. "When you drink it, you're really loading up on the healthy stuff that protects against destructive things in the blood, like LDL cholesterol, which can cause heart disease. There's also a blood-thinning compound in red wine, so it reduces blood clots, which are associated with stroke and heart disease.

If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. This means an average of one to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women. (A drink is one 12 oz. beer, 4 oz. of wine, 1.5 oz. of 80-proof spirits, or 1 oz. of 100-proof spirits.)

If you have been following the discussions on the French paradox you are already familiar with the link between red wine and reduced risk of heart disease. It seems that the French eat those delicious creamy pastries; cheese is a whole course at dinner; and a buttery croissant... sometimes with butter, perhaps with a bit of cheese or meat sausage, is a regular breakfast item.

It seems that folks who grow up in France tend to have less clogged arteries and are less obese than Americans or Brits. For years this has been attributed to red wines' health benefits – specifically the compounds catechins and resveratrol, called polyphenols, found in red wine. Polyphenols are found in dark chocolate, apples and cranberries, tea and coffee also. These chemicals also have antioxidant or anticancer properties.

Here are three more reasons that studies showed that red wine would benefit you:
Hypertension: Excessive alcohol consumption is generally considered a risk factor for hypertension. However, there is some evidence of favorable effects of red wine on blood pressure. Two glasses of red wine ( 4oz ), taken together with the meal, lower post-meal blood pressure in hypertensive persons.


Kidney stones: Red wine intake reduces the risk of kidney stone formation.

Alzheimer's disease: Moderate wine drinking correlates with a lower risk for Alzheimer's disease. Researchers found that resveratrol, a red wine polyphenol, produces neuroprotective effects.

So I am not going to tell everyone to start drinking and you can form your own conclusions, but if you  already drink alcohol and at risk,  it's definitely worth looking into.