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Red Wine and Longevity


Updated May 15, 2014

Glass of Red Wine

Glass of Red Wine

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Why Red Wine?:

The benefits of red wine (in moderation) for health have been known for ages. In an effort to understand the 'French Paradox' (why French people can indulge in fatty foods but not develop heart disease) red wine came into focus in 1991 on an episode of '60 Minutes'. Since then, scientists have been feeding components of red wine to mice and other animals in an attempt to understand the full health benefits. Here's what we know so far:

Flavanoids and Antioxidants:

Red wine is high in flavonoids (a type of polyphenol), which are antioxidants. One of the most studied antioxidants is resveratrol, which comes from grape skins and seeds. Antioxidants help prevent certain molecules, known as free radicals, from damaging cells.

Does red wine prevent cancer?:

Resveratrol helps prevent cancer by limiting tumor growth.

How much should I drink?:

To receive the benefits of red wine, it must be drunk in moderation (1-2 glasses maximum per day) and regularly.

Does the alcohol help?:

The alcohol in wine may help produce more good cholesterol.

What if I am a yeast cell?:

Good news: Research in yeast cells has shown that red wine can increase life span by 80%.

But can it cure the common cold?:

Red wine has also been shown to help prevent the common cold.

Red wine and French fries:

Red wine, when consumed with fried foods, may limit the damage caused.


Hundreds of studies show evidence that red wine, in moderation, is good for us. So go ahead and enjoy a glass or two with dinner.

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