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Wine and health

Red Wine and Cancer

An enzyme long thought to be a cancer-causing agent could in fact provide a clue to tackling the disease, UK scientists suspect. Researchers from De Montfort University believe that the enzyme CYP1B1 converts the molecule resveratrol, found in red wine and peanuts, into an anti-cancer agent. Resveratrol has been shown to have cancer preventative properties but it has been unclear how it prevents tumour growth.

Red Wine and Chocolate good for You

Both red wine and Chocolate contain a substance that is proving to promise great health benefits... Researchers at University of California, Davis, have demonstrated that catechin, the most abundant polyphenol (a category of plant-based compounds) in grape skins and seeds, significantly delays tumour onset in laboratory mice predisposed to Cancer. Only red wines, which remain in contact with skins and seeds during fermentation, contain significant amounts of the antioxidant.

Catechin is also found in large quantities in chocolate In addition to the latest news about red wine, Carl Keen, chairman of the department of nutrition at UC Davis, presented research on the potential role of chocolate in human nutrition. According to Keen, "Cocoa is one of the richest dietary sources of flavonoids, including catechin and epicatechin - almost 10 percent by weight, depending upon how it is processed.

Alcohol in Moderation may benefit Brain

In a study, researching the mental abilities and alcohol use of 15,807 Italian men and women 65 years of age or older, researchers concluded that moderate alcohol use was associated with a lower risk of brain impairment...

This study shows that among older persons, moderate alcohol intake protects from the development of cognitive impairment, said lead author Dr.Giuseppe Zuccala of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome.

"However," he cautioned in a statement, "alcohol abuse... is associated with an increased risk of cognitive dysfunction."

They found that among the more than 8,700 regular drinkers, 19 percent, the heavy drinkers, showed signs of mental impairment-compared with 29 percent of the roughly 7,000 non-drinkers in the study.

A glass of wine before bed may Aid Conception

A Danish scientific study has found that women who do not drink at all can actually take longer to become pregnant than those who drink up to two alcoholic beverages a day...

The findings have contradicted previous studies that suggested that even low levels of alcohol intake can increase the time it takes for a woman to get pregnant.

But the new study - a major work based on research on nearly 40,000 women - found that even high alcohol intake had no negative impact on women who had never given birth before .

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