Cheers! More evidence for the cardioprotective properties of red wine
The "French paradox" is a term that refers to the apparent
contradiction observed in European populations who consume high fat
diets, yet enjoy a reduced mortality from coronary artery disease. This
surprising fact has been attributed to the beneficial effects of red
wine, which contains antioxidant compounds such as resveratrol, catechin,
epicatechin and proanthocyanidins. Results from this laboratory study
suggest that the polyphenolic compounds present in red wine also may
confer protection against ischemic reperfusion injury (damage that occurs
when blood flow is restored to the heart). These benefits are believed
to be related to the peroxyl radical scavenging abilities of compounds
such as resveratrol and proanthocyanidins.
Das D, Sato M, Ray P, et
al. Cardioprotection of red wine: role of polyphenolic antioxidants.
Drugs Exptl Clin Res 1999; 25(2/3): 115-120.
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