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Posted Jul 08 2009 10:37pm
Red red wine. Known for it's beneficial antioxidants (most famous is "resveratrol") that fight cancer and heart disease. Plus, people like it. Even though I'm not a big wine gal myself, I thought I'd write some sweet new findings about it for you winos.

Organic red wine has been shown to have significantly higher levels of resveratrol and other antioxidants vs. conventionally-produced wine. One study in Italy compared 15 red wines, finding those produced organically (without pesticides and chemical fertilizers) were at the top for antioxidant content and bioavailability.

So if you're going to be a wino, don't be a cheap one. Pay the extra dollar and know you are actually investing in your health. But don't overdo it. One glass a day can be beneficial, but more is not. Remember, alcohol is a toxin that produces free radicals, so the key word is moderation. Also, alcohol is a diuretic that causes loss of key electrolyte minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium. This not only makes us dehydrated but at risk of bone loss and high blood pressure.

Speaking of organic, let's go more organic. A recent review of 97 peer-reviewed studies found organic produce to be significantly higher in antioxidants, including polyphenols, known for fighting chronic disease and cancer (The Organic Center: www.organic-center.org).

So whether you're a wino or not, going the extra mile for organic produce is priceless. If you don't take care of your body, where are you going to live?
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