Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Red wine Rx for your health!

Professor Roger Corder, head of the Department of Experimental Therapeutics at the William Harvey Research Institute in London has published his scientific research indicating that red wines rich in polyphenols, specifically procyanadins, are potent inhibitors of Endothelin-1. Endothelin-1 causes constriction of blood vessels in the heart which leads to formation of atherosclerotic plaque. Polyphenols are chemical components in grape skins which account for color and mouthfeel. Phenolic ripeness leads to soft sweet tannins creating a full soft mouthfeel. According to Roger Corder
regions that produce wines with higher procyanidins have longer life expectancies among the locals. Wines from southwest France appear to have higher levels. The Mendoza region in Argentina is another wine region where polyphenols accumulate in greater amounts
due to increased sunlight intensity at higher altitudes. The Malbec and Cabernet sauvignon grapes are particularly affected. Another great marketing tool in the making? Perhaps we can bring these wines in duty free with a prescription from our doctor. How would the boys and girls at customs deal with this if we brought in our wines after a visit to some of these regions because our doctors prescribed them? For a good article on resveratrol visit this site.
As always click on the pics to see the larger versions but above all have another glass of health giving red wine.

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