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Is Red Wine Heart Healthy - Resveratrol and Antioxidants

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Uploaded on Feb 14, 2012

Does the antioxidants and resveritrol in red wine make wine heart healthy? In 1991, 60 Minutes aired a story titled "The French Paradox." Morley Safer, the 60 Minutes corespondent, reported that the French have a lower rate of heart attacks due to their diet of cheese and wine.
We know now that it isn't the alcohol in wine that offers the protective heart-health benefits, but rather resveratrol and antioxidants. Resveratrol is the main compound found in red wine that is credited with preventing heart disease. Studies have documented that resveratrol produces a variety of cardioprotective benefits. Most red wines contain 0.30‒1.07 mg of resveratrol per 5-ounce glass [2]. That amount of resveratrol is too low to be of any significance. In comparison, 1 cup of red grapes contains 0.24‒1.25 mg of resveratrol, and 1 cup of boiled peanuts contains 0.32‒1.28 mg of resveratrol.
Red wine also contains antioxidants, specifically oligomeric procyananidins, a group of antioxidants called polypherols. Dr. Roger Corder, Professor of Experimental Therapeutics at the Center for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, has found that the amount of polypherols in red wine varies greatly. Wines from southwest France contain the most polypherols [3], about 200‒300 grams per 8-ounce glass . But the same amount of polypherols found in the best French wines can be found in one Granny Smith or Red Delicious apple at a fraction of the cost [4]. Cinnamon, cocoa, grape seeds and skin, cranberries, and both green and black tea also contain polypherols.
While wine does contain both resveratrol and antioxidants, which are good for your health, it also contains alcohol, which is not. As I discussed in part 1 of this series, alcohol is a toxin. When it's present, your body shuts down all other metabolic functions to focus on removing the alcohol. Any health benefits that are gained from the resveratrol and the antioxidants are canceled out by the alcohol. In "The Red Wine Hypothesis," published in The European Heart Journal, researchers stated, "The conclusive studies showing that red wine has qualities 'beyond alcohol' are those on de-alcoholized (my emphasis) red wine, which has cardiovascular protective effects in short term studies on humans" [5]. In other words, wine provides health benefits when the alcohol is removed, but wine that contains alcohol is no different than any other alcoholic beverage. Both resveratrol and antioxidants can be obtained in greater quantity from naturally healthy food sources that don't contain alcohol.
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