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[IP] Light Drinking Tied To Mortality Drop... (UP TO 65%)

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>>> In a message dated 8/28/2003 10:24:25 PM Central Standard Time,
email @ redacted writes:
While studies have shown the benefits of drinking alcohol in moderation, red
wine has been shown to offer the greatest benefit.  Resveratrol, one of the
most important of the magic ingredients, is found in the skins of grapes.

Julie said:
>> Wouldn't eating grapes give you the same benefit--(for those that don't
drink)?????????? <<

All grapes are not created equal.  There may be some benefit in eating
grapes and drinking grape juice but the amount of resveratrol in these do
not approach the levels contained in red wine.  One reason is that it is the
alcohol, or the fermentation process, that releases the resveratrol
contained in the skins.  Another reason is that most grapes (the kinds used
for eating and for producing grape juice) do not contain nearly the amount
of resveratrol as is found in the types of grapes used for wine production
(Vitis vinifera.)  The pinot noir grape probably contains the highest
levels.  Three doctors have advised me to drink red wine.  My
endocrinologist, aware of my fondness for wine, advised me to increase my
consumption in order to raise my HDL.  Physicians must know their patients
well before giving such advice.  It is not a good idea to begin drinking
wine for the sole purpose of the health benefits.  Those who have enjoyed
wine for a long time must drink in moderation.  For anyone not wanting to
drink wine, the best bet is to use grape seed extract.

John Kinsley
Type 1 - 1956
MiniMed 507 - 1998
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