Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Age Gets Better with Wine: 5 more reasons

45. A study in rats, who were given either red wine or alcohol in the same percentage to drink over 6 weeks, found several changes in their fat cells compared to those drinking only water. Both the red wine and alcohol groups gained less weight than the nondrinkers despite equivalent overall calorie consumption. The wine drinkers had smaller fat cells, which is a good thing.
46. A wine-derived compound called quercetin improved liver and pancreas function in diabetic rats. Although resveratrol has received a lot of attention as an anti-diabetes therapy, this study showed how other wine polyphenols help too.
47. A form of quercetin called Q3 was tested for anti-flu viral activity and found to be more potent that oseltamivir (Tamiflu) according to a recent study from Korea. This provides further support to findings that wine drinkers have fewer colds and flu.
48. A study from Brazil evaluated the effect of wine polyphenols on a type of brain cancer called glioma. They found that resveratrol and quercetin together had a synergistic effect on inhibiting cancer cell growth.
49. And to further the idea that resveratrol isn't the only good thing in wine, another study looked at the effects of quercetin on the inflammatory effects of exercise on muscle. This is an important study because it is one of the few clinical studies reported. They found that quercetin supplementation reduced inflammatory markers after 3 days of intense exercise in trained cyclists.

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