There is certainly been a lot of discussion in the scientific community I related to the positive aspects of drinking red wine. Red wine, in addition to its healthy content of polyphenols – natural antioxidants, also contains small amounts of resveratrol, that does offer up a level of antioxidant function as well as reduction of inflammation.
To add to the story, new research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, tells yet another story about red wine. In this new report, researchers evaluated the effect of red wine consumption versus control in 10 middle-aged male volunteers, and measured two important parameters. First, they looked at LPS. LPS is a gut related bacterial marker of inflammation. Basically higher levels of LPS correlate with higher levels of inflammation. And, as we all know, inflammation is the cornerstone of such dreaded issues as Alzheimer’s disease, coronary artery disease, diabetes, and even cancer.
We’ve all heard about the benefits of drinking red wine. Red wine has been touted to be helpful in reducing the risk for a variety of medical conditions including coronary artery disease, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
There has certainly been a lot of scientific research but trying to explain why red wine in moderation is actually good for your health. It is known that red wine may increase HDL, and this certainly has important heart implications.
Red wine also contains important antioxidants called polyphenols which are specifically beneficial in reducing the action of free radicals and therefore preventing damage to the lining of arteries.
Another substance found in red wine, although in fairly small amounts, is resveratrol. Resveratrol also tends to reduce LDL and also may act to reduce inflammation and blood clotting. Continue reading
It’s true that if you lead a Grain Brain-friendly lifestyle, you should avoid the temptation to crack open a cold beer (even the gluten-free kind). However, that doesn’t mean all alcohol is off-limits. In fact, you can, and I do, enjoy the occasional glass of red wine. The reason for this? Not just because it tastes great and pairs well with all that grass-fed beef you’ll be eating, but because it’s a source of small amounts of resveratrol, a natural compound found in grapes.