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Red Wine May Reverse Signs Of Arterial Aging

February 7, 2011 by  

Red wine may reverse signs of arterial agingWhile antioxidants in red wine have been shown to have health benefits, a recent study conducted at the Boston University Medical Center provides insight into what exactly the compounds do to the body.

A team of scientists examined the effects of polyphenols from red wine on rats, and it found that the rodents experienced improved artery function and ability to exercise after 24 weeks of ingesting a solvent containing the antioxidants.

The study authors said the improved vascular health may be due to lowered oxidative stress in the arterial wall. As individuals age, the inner lining of blood vessels, known as the endothelium, tends to lose its ability to foster proper blood flow, leading to cardiovascular disease.

The polyphenols from red wine halted endothelial dysfunction in the rats and also normalized the expression of certain proteins.

"Intake [of red wine polyphenols] had also a physiological beneficial effect since it improved the physical exercise capacity of old rats," study authors noted.

The American Heart Association has estimated that more than 81 million Americans suffer from a form of cardiovascular disease. It has also reported that coronary heart disease caused by atherosclerosis, or the narrowing of arteries, is the leading cause of death in the United States. 

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  • Norm

    Eat the bread with joy and
    drink the wine with a merry heart.
    Ecclesiastes 9

    He makes grass grow for the cattle,
    and plants for man to cultivate-
    bringing forth food from the earth:
    wine that gladdens the heart of man,
    oil to make his face shine,
    and bread that sustains his heart.
    The trees of the Lord are well watered,
    the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
    Psalm 104

  • Ellen

    Amen. The answer to our food lies in nature, not in man-made or genetically modified foods. Also, if we followed nature, we wouldn’t feed our cows corn (pig food) and then have to give them antibiotics to help with their digestive troubles. Our beef isn’t as healthy as it should be because cows don’t eat their natural food, so we don’t get the nutrition from it. Our national health woes would diminish greatlt if we took technology out of creating food.

  • chuckb

    norm

    he also taught men the art of building a bridge, some wino’s call home.

  • s c

    Current thought in the health/nutrition field sees resveratrol (found in red wine) as a plus in an adult’s diet. Pterostilbene (also found in red wine) can be beneficial. Neither resveratrol nor
    pterostilbene are drugs, and neither have side-effects.
    Ergo, unless you think the extremely expensive and potentially dangerous “safety” offered by prescription drugs will somehow keep you safe (regardless of how many side-effects they have), it makes sense to at least try these supplements.
    If you’re tired of the constant hype and bilge spewed by medical schools, the AMA, the FDA and Big Pharma, give them a try. It’s YOUR health.

  • http://www.jrussellshealth.org June Russell

    “ALCOHOL/WINE” HEALTHY?
    Media health reports are often deceptive, inaccurate or biased, and individuals cannot make responsible choices about their health – or advising others – if not given the facts. Politics, monetary gain, and the need for sensationalism often influence what is reported. There are times when the announced outcome of a particular study is not even the same conclusion as the researcher/s. Omitting the dangers can make a study appear to be a positive one, and a single study is often presented as an absolute, with no mention of the other available studies showing different outcomes. Drug companies are required to submit only 2 positive drug studies for the FDA to consider acceptance, with no mention to the public about any other studies that may have shown risks. Do your own research, educate yourself so you can make healthier choices.
    Alcoholic beverages are now classified by our government as a class “A” human carcinogen, along with arsenic, asbestos, tobacco, etc., and the presence of alcohol hastens the breakdown of antioxidants in the blood, speeding their elimination from the body. Antioxidants, such as resveratrol, possibly have benefits, but that does not translate into wine being healthy. The “American Institute for Cancer Research” tells us that alcohol is a tumor-promoter and that cancer risk may be increased by drinking ‘any’ amount of alcohol. There have been no clinical trials to prove that alcohol can be healthy, only by association/observation, which is how HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) was erroneously shown to be healthy for women.
    The ‘French Paradox’ was disproved many years ago by the World Health Organization (WHO), and other health organizations, because of faulty data. It should cause public concern that the true facts have not been reported in order to balance the “Wine Good for You” vs. “Wine Bad for You.” Health studies are often skewed, as in the studies about wine. Wine drinkers, as a group, have a healthier life style in general (not inclusive of the wine) and the ‘sick quitters’ are often counted in the non-drinkers. These many facts should cause the public to question any possible positive effect of alcohol. Evidence shows that alcohol use is dose related, smaller amounts do less damage but there is still harm from even smaller amounts. Studies suggest that smaller amounts of alcohol/wine may lessen the incidences of the ischemic stroke (the stroke that is most prevalent), but it increases the risk of having a hemorrhagic stroke, which does more damage. Using alcohol to relax? This is not true relaxation, it anesthetizes or drugs the drinker and inhibits his/her cognitive ability. It may seem to help with sleep but actually interferes with sleep. Alcohol also destroys an enzyme that is needed for contraction of the heart.
    Your health is your most prized possession, ask anyone who doesn’t have it. As the Pharmaceutical Companies are increasing their power and control, there will be more deceptions. They encourage the use of harmful drugs, while discouraging natural therapies, cures and prevention. We are told by the government that over half of the conventional drugs & therapies that are now used have not been sufficiently studied, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths and side effects.
    I am a retired health educator, journalist, writing for newspapers, and disseminating information to organizations/groups/individuals and other health websites, as well as periodically adding more to mine.
    (www@jrussellshealth.org – for more health topics and more on alcohol-)

  • http://n/a SAM

    Red wine or any other BOOZE rots the Liver,Brain,Throat,SPleen,Kidneys,Bladder,etc etc etc…..Its POISON

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