Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 16, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, reports that red wine with a lower alcohol content may be just as heart-healthy as that with a greater alcohol content.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/red-wine-does-lower-alcohol-content-mean-its-less-heart-healthy), red wine is one of those rare foods that’s both enjoyed by people for its gastronomical delights and touted by the medical community as a heart-healthy food. Red wine and dark chocolate have one key nutrient in common: antioxidants. Dark chocolate is full of two antioxidants, flavonoids “epicatechin” and “catechin,” while the primary antioxidant in red wine is “resveratrol.”
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article “Red Wine: Does lower Alcohol Content Mean It’s Less Heart-healthy?” reports that although rarely mentioned, many people find it difficult to benefit from the health-boosting effects of red wine because they can’t or don’t want to drink alcohol. For those who are diabetic or have kidney or liver problems, drinking alcohol can be particularly concerning.
After noting that many studies suggest the regular and moderate consumption of red wine benefits cardiovascular health, researchers at the University of Cape Town in South Africa devised a study on alcohol content and the health benefits of red wine. They wanted to know how the antioxidant and cardio-protective properties of a French red wine (cabernet sauvignon, 12% alcohol by volume) compared with those of the same wine subjected to reverse osmosis for partial removal of alcohol (six percent alcohol by volume, or alc/vol).
First, the research team assessed the antioxidant capacity of the two wines. Then, to test the cardio-protective effect of the six percent vs. 12% alc/vol wine, they gave one each to two separate groups of rats. After 10 days of wine supplementation, the researchers found no differences in antioxidant capacity between the 12% and six-percent wines when they performed various heart tests on rats. They concluded that the reduction of alcohol content from 12% to six percent in wine doesn’t alter its antioxidant and heart-protective properties.
The researchers finished with this health advice: moderate and regular consumption of lower alcohol content wines may offer the same beneficial effects without the risks associated with wines of higher alcohol content.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that of the 19% of Americans who still smoke, most want to quit. So, time to head to the produce aisle; research suggests that an improved diet could be an important factor in quitting smoking. However, more research is needed to determine the accuracy of these findings and to identify the mechanisms in produce consumption that may help smokers quit.
(SOURCE: Lamont, K., et al., "Lowering the alcohol content of red wine does not alter its cardioprotective properties," S. Afr. Med. J., May 23, 2012; 102(6): 565-7.)
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