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Raise your glass of red wine to resveratrol!

by , 08 March 2013

Red wine's a natural health wonder. It's even mentioned in the Bible. Now, scientists are raising their glasses to red wine as its much acclaimed natural compound resveratrol has been proven to fight most of the ailments related to aging. But read on to discover just how much red wine you should be drinking to reap the health benefits…

 
Just a few years ago, red wine was believed to be a risk factor for developing breast cancer, says CNN.
 
This has since been proven to be a myth.
 
In fact, scientists are so impressed with the health benefits of red wine now that they plan to bottle its properties in a 'red wine pill'.
 
Here’s red wine’s health secret: Its resveratol compound combats most diseases related to aging!
 
That’s because an international study, published today in the journal Science, had shown that resveratrol, a natural compound found in red wine and dark chocolate, can fight cancer, Alzheimer's and Type II diabetes, says The Australian.
 
The study proves that resveratrol activates a protein in the body that’s more effective than antioxidants in combatting these age-related diseases, adds The LA Times.
 
And because red wine has relatively low concentrations of the compound, a ‘red wine pill’ is being developed, which will be available in the next five years at 100 times the potency!  
 
Until then, you can get a limited amount of the benefit from red wine.   
 
But how much red wine should you drink for the best health results (you don’t want to overdo it!)
 
While the study suggests you’ll need 100 glasses of red wine a day to get the required levels of resveratrol, this will surely kill you.
 
Instead, the National Cancer Institute reports that men who consumed four or more four-ounce glasses of red wine per week have a 60% lower incidence of the more aggressive types of prostate cancer, says FSP Health.
 
Per day, that equates to one to two glasses of red wine per day for men and one glass of red wine per day for women, explains the American Heart Association
 
Red wine’s also a great way to optimise your resting heart rate and protect yourself from heart attacks, says FSP Health.
 
So what are you waiting for? Stock up on red wine and give cheers to your health!
 



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