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The Anti Aging Effects of Wine

Red Wine Could Help Fight the Harmful Effects of a Poor Diet

Researchers from past studies have proposed that red wine could help fight the harmful effects of a poor diet, which included smoking and saturated fat consumption. They propose this to explain the “French paradox” – the lower rates of heart disease deaths in France compared to the U.S. (note that heart disease death rates do not remain lower in France today).  But, there are many differences between French and North Amerca’s eating habits.  Notably. the overall carb consumption is lower in France, and fat consumption is higher.

red wine anti-agingResveratrol, a compound from the skins of red grapes, which is found in red wine has been widely studied.  Resveratrol has been shown to have proven factors that shape our life span, including several anti-inflammatory and powerful antioxidant effects. These may contribute to cardiovascular disease protection.

When Fed Resveratrol They Aged Slower

A ground breaking study published by the University of Wisconsin, revealed that it might not take that much drinking to achieve this effect. They found that when lab mice were fed small amounts of resveratrol they aged more slowly. Their hearts, in particular, stayed younger for longer. New research from the Endocrine Society, an organization devoted to the clinical practice of endocrinology, also found that resveratrol reduces fat-cell formation and can slow fat storage, indicating a role in weight control. Although animal experiments are still preliminary, given these favourable results, experts see every reason to be encouraged. Note that drier red wines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, contain the highest levels of resveratrol.

Role in Weight Control

University of California School of Medicine, found that, compared with teetotallers, people who drank one glass of red or white wine a day were half as likely to develop non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the most common liver problem in North America. Conversely, people who drank the same amount of beer or hard liquor were four times more likely to get NAFLD. Experts have yet to pinpoint the reason, but they suspect an additional healthful compound in wine is at work.