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There May Be Four More Reasons to Drink Red Wine Moderately


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The heart-healthy beverage may also keep you from developing physical disabilities or Alzheimer's Disease.

It's common knowledge that a glass or two of red wine a night will do more than enhance a great meal or put you to sleep: it can reduce production of "bad" cholesterol, boost "good" cholesterol and reduce blood clotting, all of which will help reduce the risk of heart disease. But recent studies are showing that wine aficionados may also reap even more benefits, from inhibiting tumor development to helping form nerve cells. Here's a roundup of four recent studies that might encourage you to uncork that bottle of merlot:

1. It Can Help Keep You Fit: For senior citizens who are already in shape, moderate alcohol intake can help prevent the development of physical disabilities, according to a new UCLA study in the American Journal of Epidemiology. (The National Institutes of Health recommends no more than one drink a day for women and two for men.) Researchers found that moderate drinkers in a national survey had a lower risk than heavy drinkers or abstainers of developing physical problems that impeded their abilities to walk or dress or groom themselves. But don't take that as a cue to rest easy: the benefits only applied to seniors who were already in good health. Seniors in poor health may already be too close to developing disabilities for the wine to be of much use, researchers said.

2. It May Help Fight Alzheimer's. In animal trials, UCLA researchers found that compounds known as polyphenols, which naturally occur in red wine, can inhibit the development of proteins that deposit in the brain and form the plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease. Polyphenols also are highly concentrated in tea, nuts, berries and cocoa, the researchers, who did the study with Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, reported in the November issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The polyphenols block the formation and decrease the toxicity of the Alzheimer's-associated protein deposits, scientists found; they plan to start human clinical trials next.

3. It Boosts Heart-Healthy Omega 3 Levels. Moderate alcohol consumption helps boost the body's omega-3 levels, European researchers report in the January issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The fatty acids are usually derived from fish and help protect against coronary heart disease, but people who consumed alcohol, especially wine, in moderation (one drink for women, two drinks for me) had higher omega-3 levels independent of their fish intake, the researchers found after studying populations in England, Belgium and Italy. They hypothesize that this effect is due in part to polyphenols as well.

4. It May Lower Lung Cancer Risk. Moderate consumption of red wine may decrease the risk of lung cancer in men, researchers reported in the October issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. Analyzing data collected from the California Men's Health Study, they found that each glass of red wine consumed a month correlated with a 2 percent lower lung cancer risk. Men who drank one or two glasses of red wine a day saw a 60 percent reduced lung cancer risk. There were no similar benefits for white wine, beer or liquor drinkers, though, and smokers who drank red wine still, of course, had a higher lung-cancer risk than non-smokers.

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(Newsweek, Article by Tina Peng, January 23, 2009)


The information contained in these articles may or may not be in agreement with my own opinions. They are not being posted with the intention of being medical advice of any kind.

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Hi, Barb.

Between you and Greg, I swear you're going to turn me into a raging (red) wino! :D

Actually, this article does remind me that I haven't been drinking red wine with resveratrol in quite some time (last spring and summer I was drinking a glass with a couple caps almost every night).

Maybe I can enlist the assistance of my cousin, who not only also happens to have the capacity to be a raging (red) wino, but is flying in next week. :lol:

Clearly, I need to get back on track in terms of my health regime... can't be letting down the side! :roll:



One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.--Henry Miller

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Hello Carole,

Gee, wish I could join you and your cousin in that glass of red wine.

Last Sunday, I had one at the Outback. Of course, it wasn't any high-class vintage, :lol: but delicious nonetheless.

All in the interest of good health :roll: , sending love,


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Great article Barb. I just got an email advertising something called Resterol (sp?). It's an ingredient in red wine that is supposed to slow the aging process. My question, why pop a pill when I can drink it. I frankly tip my hat to good health with my single glass of red wine (well Saturday night or company dinners I may go a little over) every evening.

Judy in Key West

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Hey, Becky: Since I've been "sex-partnerless" since my dx (celibate as a nun!), maybe I should try donating my red wine to potential lovers in order to make me look better to them! :lol:

As to Resveratrol, Judy, aging isn't the reason I'm taking it. There are numerous studies re its benefit in respect to lung cancer specifically. There are also numerous postings about it on this site; ergo, my remark about Greg and Barb turning me into a raging drunk because I've been trying to potentiate the effect of both red wine and Resveratrol by using the former to swallow the latter. :D

To review just a few of of the Resveratrol postings on this site (Greg, Barb and I), click the following Google search link:


(If you do a general search of this site for Resveratrol, you'll get hundreds more hits.)


"Sister" (and occasionally "Mother Superior") Carole

Treasure every moment as if it were your last.--Carole Hammett

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The online edition of the Journal of Internal Medicine reported the discovery of the first practical laboratory test to guide the use of new-generation drugs that kill cancer cells by cutting off their blood supply. The new test, called the Microvessel Vascular (AngioRx™) assay, was developed by Larry Weisenthal, MD, PhD., a medical oncologist who operates a cancer testing laboratory in Huntington Beach, California.

Tumor Cell Profiling is a test to show if your cancer cells were killed by exposure to one or more of the 20 or so different anti-cancer drugs that might otherwise have been considered as possible treatments for your type of cancer. It is a test that can help determine which cancer drugs would appear to be the best treatment plan.

The test works by measuring drug effects upon endothelial cells which make up blood vessels. Its use could prolong lives, save money, and spare patients exposure to harmful side-effects of ineffective chemotherapy treatments.

To have the test done, a biopsy needs to be delivered for the cells to be studied. Fees for a complete 20 to 25 drug "functional" Tumor Cell Profiling analysis are in the neighborhood of $5,000. The procedure is covered by Medicare and some insurers as well.

According to Dr. Weisenthal, therapeutic levels of alcohol in the bloodstream theoretically could be achieved simply by drinking wine or another alcoholic beverages in prescribed doses concurrent with receiving angiogenesis-inhibiting drugs. Dr. Weisenthal finds support in actual case studies reported in the medical literature.

Dr. Weisenthal says that he would like to see the test become available to patients worldwide through service agreements with larger laboratory companies or with a biotechnology company which might develop a testing kit for sale to hospitals and laboratories. He also would like to license the test to pharmaceutical companies for use in new drug development.


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