Friday, May 1, 2009

Wine helps the heart and the mind!

Martini-sippers and beer drinkers might contemplate swapping their beverage of favor for a Cabernet, a Merlot or a Pinto Noir in light of new research suggesting red wine may fight dementia. Adding to previous studies that suggest drinking red wine is good for heart health, UCLA and Mount Sinai School of Medicine scientists say the chemicals in the garnet-colored beverage may hinder the formation of protein plaques linked to Alzheimer's disease.

In a recent issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the researchers report that in the lab, compounds in red wine called polyphenols, blocked the formation of toxic protein clumps thought to destroy brain cells.
"In this new study, the compounds were shown to block the earliest stages of clumping, suggesting that polyphenols might prevent or reduce disease in humans," says David Teplow, a UCLA professor of neurology and senior author of the study.

See, I knew I was being healthy by drinking a lot of wine!


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