Red Wine And Blueberries
May 3, 2011 by Bob Livingston
Wine is created from an age-old fermentation process known for thousands of years. It is spoken of in the Bible. Most of the time the alcohol content of wine is 4 percent to 6 percent.
I am a teetotaler except for red wine. I like the taste, and since I have read studies on resveratrol, a molecule found in red wine, I really am excited about it. However, reality sets in… it takes a lot of red wine to get a little bit of resveratrol, the healthy nutrient found within.
The most familiar connection to red wine is the “French Paradox.” Researchers have discovered that in regions of France where the population enjoys a high-fat diet but consumes a lot of red wine with meals, the incidence of heart attacks is considerably lower than in other parts of the world.
They now believe that the benefits of red wine, that is resveratrol, extends to brain health in addition to being cardio-protective.
And, according to David Sinclair, Ph.D., associate professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, resveratrol “may have wide-ranging health effects including anti-cancer, anti-viral, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits and may even protect the brain from stroke, Alzheimer’s and other neuro-degenerative diseases.”
Actually, resveratrol is a select compound found in red wine that activates human defenses against the above named diseases.
Later research suggests that resveratrol has a positive effect on the mechanism of aging. Now I am interested! I want to cheat time and live to 100+!
Well, logic implies that if resveratrol limits the above named diseases, that it would most certainly extend life.
We can get the resveratrol compound from several foods, with grapes and wine being the best, but in extremely small amounts. But resveratrol is a molecule that is easy to capture and formulate as an extract or supplement and get the full benefit.
Now there’s a nutrient discovered that evidence shows to be actually better than resveratrol. Pterostilbene (tear-oh-still-bean) has been shown to lower cholesterol and triglycerides better than the most popular drugs, and fight other symptoms of heart disease and is anti-cancer as well.
No side effects, muscle pain, nausea or anything else. Only benefits!
Pterostilbene has blood sugar balancing benefits as well, which are very important to all of us who are concerned about sugar levels and avoiding diabetes. Studies actually show 42 percent reduction in blood sugar levels.
I need the cardio-protective benefit and I want longevity. So I try to enjoy a glass of red wine daily and be sure to supplement with resveratrol and pterostilbene.