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Red Wine Compound Proven To Reduce Inflammation In Humans

August 10, 2010 by  

Red Wine Compound Proven To Reduce Inflammation In HumansResults of a recent University of Buffalo study provide further evidence that resveratrol—a plant extract commonly associated with red wine, grapes and blueberries—can reduce inflammation and help lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease in humans.

While several studies have shown that the antioxidant properties in the compound can reduce the rate of aging in animals, very few randomized, controlled trials have confirmed that increased resveratrol intake benefits human beings.

For the research, senior author Paresh Dandona and his colleagues randomly assigned 20 participants to receive either a nutritional supplement containing 40 milligrams of resveratrol or a placebo every day for six weeks. Blood samples were taken before the trial commenced and every week thereafter.

The investigators found that individuals who took the nutritional supplements had reduced serum levels of free radicals, which cause oxidative stress, inflammation and blood vessel damage.

Furthermore, resveratrol helped suppress other compounds that have been proven to negatively alter insulin resistance. None of the participants in the control group experienced similar benefits.

Dandona and his colleagues believe the findings suggest that a high resveratrol intake can help prevent the development of diabetes and heart disease.

The highest levels of resveratrol are found in red wine and grape skin. For more information about resveratrol, click here.

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  • Dan Burke

    I listened to a doctor say that the negatives in red wine are not worth the benefits of resveratrol. He said that you could drink grape juice and get greater, healthier doses without any of the other “consequences.” By the way, he then took it a step further promoting supplements that not only included resveratrol, but also many other anti-oxidants and a multitude of other nutrients the body uses and needs. So, yes, his deal was a sales pitch, but isn’t this a sales pitch too. The question is often what are they selling and why? Sort of like dairies funding research that proves milk is good for you. In this case, I am inclined to believe that the selling of red wine is something key here because the grapes seem to be taking a second seat to it, but if you read a bit, you realize that they used supplements (extracts it reads like) and not necessarily red wine. So then, why are they selling red wine?

    • s c

      Dan, ask your MD if he’s ever been to France. Even if he hasn’t been there, he should know that the French don’t hesitate to drink red wine and eat rich food. According to the AMA mantra, this MUST result in bad health.
      In France, the French people tend to have better health than Americans. In effect, red wine is good for your health, as long as you don’t try to drink it like a hormone-driven frat rat at a toga party. If eating rich food and drinking red wine doesn’t hurt the French, consider the possibility that your MD is an AMA shill and he’s merely regurgitating what he was told in medical school and via unscientific FDA literature.

  • James Mullen

    I have been drinking RED wine for about 5 years now. I am 67. For the past year or so, I have been putting on weight and even though I walk at least 6 miles a day (yes, even in this 105+ degree temperature), I have not been able to shed any weight….even though I only eat one meal a day…at about 2:30 pm….and it is a healthy meal too, no junk, no snacks later…..also, I have developed in the past year or more what must be like an ulcer….because everything that I eat, I have trouble digesting and have to take baking soda and water at least 5 – 6 times a day to stop the acid. Both the weight and the acid indigestion have been a great problem and discomfort to me…..that is until I stopped cold turkey drinking any wine about 2 weeks ago and substituted green tea with stevia as a sweetener. I personally believe that a “little red wine being good for you” is a lot like Hitler’s line of “tell a lie often enough, and the people will believe it”. I could see that my health was deteriorating and a couple of glasses of wine was the only “vice” I could think of that I do; so, “remove the thorn and the body will heal itself”. I THINK that I have found the “thorn” because when I removed it, I have improved REMARKABLY FAST!

    • James Mullen

      p.s. I can tell that my weight is going down also….my tummy is shrinking. I normally weigh about 146 lbs., but got to about 158 lbs. and felt miserable. I believe that wine makes your system too acidic and can set you up for candida; I even drink Microwater (adjusting the PH and drinking only the alkaline water, not the acid water), but I could tell my system is just too acidic. Acidosis is the main killer and the cause of heart attacks. I do a LOT of things right….but I was only doing ONE thing wrong. Now I am not doing that, and my body is really improving. IF you have something wrong, some illness or other, just TRY stopping drinking any alcoholic beverages for a few weeks and see if you don’t notice the difference.

    • Richard Pawley

      My 97 year old dad often says that each individual is unique and I believe this pertains to our bodies as well. What works like a miracle for some does nothing for someone else and causes problems for another. If you try something that has side affects it is wise not to use it. I became interested in the health benefits of red wine more than 25 years ago but could never make myself drink it even weekly because I don’t like alcohol that much. I did learn that red wine should only be drunk with a meal, never by itself (unless perhaps one is having bread and cheese and that causes problems for some). I know someone whose cholesterol was 250 with medicine and he couldn’t get it to go lower. He started taking around 1300 mg of Muscadine grape seed daily and six months later the was checked again. He changed nothing else in his diet, having as I recall already lost a hundred pounds. At the end of that 6 month period his cholesterol was below 150. You cannot eat what typical Americans eat and not get the diseases that typical Americans get. Learn all you can about health and nutrition, what supplements you need and what foods to avoid. Many apparently cannot eat gluten but I am blessed that grains are OK for me, yet for some they are almost poison. Also breakfast is the most important meal. The old saying “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and supper like a pauper” and most people will do well, IF they are eating whole foods and not commercially processed. Not everyone can eat cheese and not everyone can eat chocolate. Fortunately I can eat both but it took me many years to discover that if I eat them both on the same day I get a migraine headache that is not affected by any medicine. In 24 hours it will be gone. I am sure that there are others who have unique combinations of allergies too. The point is red wine is not good for all Americans because of various reasons but the resveratrol in the skins and seeds are especially beneficial, especially those from the deep south, the lowly Muscadine, and I have taken them for several years. If you only eat one meal with no snacking I would suggest that you eat only the best, whole, natural, organic whatever you eat, because your body can only renew itself out of the building blocks you give it to work with. I’m glad you discovered that red wine wasn’t for you. I find that taking many small meals works better for me. I tried fasting once and got physically sick after 24 hours and yet many have gone without physical solid food for 40 days with the only effect being they were hungry for the first three or four days. Afterwards their bodies went into a different mode and the next time they felt hunger was weeks later. Fascinating but not my cup of tea and I drink four or five cups a day of various kinds. There are some really great teas out there and they can add to your well being as well as be enjoyable.


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