Wine and Health

In the last few years much has been written about the healthful benefits of wine. Two of the most important findings are Resveratrol and the PEP enzyme.

Resveratrol ~ Naturally occurring antioxidant in grapes. Found to reduce the chances of heart disease and cancer. Considered a key component of the French Paradox. This refers to the phenomenon whereby the French, whose diet is high in fat, have a low rate of heart disease.

Alzheimer's ~ Compounds found in wine could inhibit Alzheimer's. Japanese research could explain why drinking wine appears to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s. Scientists have found compounds that inhibit an enzyme implicated in the disease. Dr Michikatsu Sato, based at a government-funded alcohol R&D centre, has uncovered small peptides present in both red and white wines that inhibit the PEP enzyme, implicated in the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease.

Below are many titles of articles that talk about the benefits of wine, especially Pinot Noir.

Oak Barrels May Sweeten Red Wine's Anti-Cancer Potential Scientific American, December 15, 2003

Red-Wine Compound Shows Potential for Fighting Skin Cancer. Wine Spectator, Thursday, May 01, 2003

Risk of Diabetes Lower in Young Women Who Drink Moderately, Harvard Study Finds, Wine Spectator, Monday, June 30, 2003

Following a Mediterranean-Style Diet Reduces Risk of Deadly Diseases, Study Finds, Wine Spectator, Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Red-Wine Compound May Hold Secret to Fountain of Youth, Harvard Researchers Believe, Wine Spectator, Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Women Who Drink Wine More Likely to Become Pregnant, Research Shows, Wine Spectator, Wednesday, September 24, 2003

The Beer Gut Takes a One-Two Punch: Research Finds Drinking May Not Lead to Weight Gain, Wine Spectator, Friday, October 03, 2003

Red-Wine Compound Shows Potential for Alleviating Bronchitis, Emphysema, Research Finds, Wine Spectator, Monday, November 03, 2003

Red Wine May Cut Prostate Cancer Risk in Half, Study Finds, Wine Spectator, Thursday, September 30, 2004

Light to Moderate Drinking May Be Associated With Lower Rates of Dementia in Elderly, Says Study, Wine Spectator, Friday, April 11, 2003

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