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An Artery Cleaning Glass Of Wine Anyone?

Posted Dec 20 2008 7:18pm

Hold on to your wine glasses you grape lovers, as a doctor in Australia has announced that he has produced the healthiest drink in the world - a wine that actually cleans your arteries while you drink it!

The man in question, Philip Norrie makes wine in his vineyard in New South Wales, that he claims has 100 times the antioxidant content of a normal wine. Dr Norrie reports that his wine contains an antioxidant called resveratrol - which is found in grapes naturally and fights the battle to preventing fatty deposit build ups in the arteries.

The doctor commented yesterday that while the idea that wine drunk in small amounts can be good for you has been around for some time, “ the inclusion of such large quantities of this beneficial antioxidant is very good news for wine drinkers “.  He added, “ What we’ve been able to do is boost the amount of resveratrol in wine – and you won’t even know it’s there. You’re effectively clearing your arteries while you drink.”

Dr Norrie’s creation is a nod to the live long tradition of Australian doctors producing wine for medicinal purposes - Penfolds and Lindemans vineyards were established by doctors who had travelled with the convict ships on their way to Botany Bay.

Resveratol - the hero antioxidant at the heart of this story - works by encouraging blood flow by preventing fatty deposits or atherosclerotic plaque, from entering the arteries. It is the perfect addition to anyone’s favourite tipple as it has no taste of smell, so the all important flavour of a wine remains unchanged. It occurs predominantly in red wines but can be found in lesser amounts in the semillon and sauvignon blanc grape varieties.

Back in Dr Norrie’s bijou 50-acre estate in the Lower Hunter Valley, north of Sydney, he is creating a shiraz and a chardonnay containing 100mg of resveratrol per litre. That makes it, he claims, 70 to 100 times as potent as white wine and 15 to 20 times more effective than a standard red.

However, Dr Norrie, who has a PhD in “wine and health through the ages”, is by no means advocating we all go out and down gallons of the stuff to benefit from the health producing properties, “ I stress that these benefits are best realised with moderate drinking,” he said yesterday .

Dr Norrie enjoys quoting the likes of Paracelsus, the 16th-century Swiss doctor thought to be the father of modern pharmacology, who once said, “ Whether wine is a nourishment, medicine or poison, is a matter of dosage. ” He also likes what Benjamin Franklin, the 18th-century American scientist,had to say on the subject, “ Wine is constant proof that God loves to see us happy.”

David Colquhoun, senior cardiologist at the University of Queensland concurred the positive effects of resveratrol, claiming studies “strongly suggested” its ability to limit the risk of heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular disease as well as reducing blood sugar, fighting cancers and having anti-inflammatory effects. A miracle worker then. Lets get drinking people.

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