Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wine Boosts Omega-3 Independently of Fish Intake

We know that moderate alcohol consumption, including wine, is associated with protection against coronary heart disease and ischemic stroke

A European study IMMIDIET published in the January 2009 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition1 found moderate alcohol intake increases the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in plasma and red blood cells independently of the amount of fish consumed .

The study further suggests that wine does better than other alcoholic drinks. The researchers suspect that this could be due to polyphenols which occur naturally in wine.

Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants which are able to reduce oxidation processes caused by free radicals.

Winos please note: only one drink a day for women or two for men is considered moderate consumption. J

Teetotalers don’t despair. Go for the grapes that are used to make the wine.

di Giuseppe R, de Lorgeril M, Salen P, Laporte F, Di Castelnuovo A, Krogh V, Siani A, Arnout J, Cappuccio FP, van Dongen M, Donati MB, de Gaetano G, Iacoviello L; European Collaborative Group of the IMMIDIET Project. Alcohol consumption and n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in healthy men and women from 3 European populations. Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Jan;89(1):354-62.

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