A celebration of wine: wine IS medicine.
ABSTRACT Wine describes a diverse commodity class composed of the yeast fermentation products of the must, or juice, pressed from grapes, the fruit of genus Vitis, but both in animal and human studies, wine demonstrates beneficial properties that are independent from the presence of alcohol. These benefits for health are mostly associated with polyphenols, and are absorbable from wine but poorly from unfermented grape juice. Dealcoholised wine is providing all the benefits without the toxicity, and is very affordable; improvements in the organoleptic quality of dealcoholised wine(s) as well as massive distribution are current challenges.
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ABSTRACT: The Quran is regarded as both the spiritual and behavioral guidance for all Muslims. This narrative study was designed at examining relevant health-promoting verses in the Quran and to identify the chapters and verses where keywords and phrases are mentioned relevant to health promotion and behavior. Twenty-eight verses were identified, with a focus on diet and nutrition, personal hygiene, alcohol abstention, and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. These results suggest that the Quran could serve as an influential medium for culturally competent public health practitioners in diverse populations, particularly in Muslim communities, for improving and maintaining healthy behaviors.Journal of Religion and Health 03/2014; DOI:10.1007/s10943-014-9857-8 · 1.02 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Several tropical, subtropical and temperate fruits although they differ in shape, colour, taste and nutritive values, provide numerous health benefits. Some of the edible fruits ripen within a very short period, usually leading to an overabundance of the fruits when harvested. Many of the fruits are consumed fresh, but large quantities of harvested fruits are wasted during peak harvest periods, due to the high temperature and humidity, poor handling, poor storage facilities and microbial infections. Therefore, winemaking from such ripe fruits or their juices is considered as an alternative of utilizing surplus and over-ripe fruits for generating additional revenues for the fruit growers. This review summarizes current knowledge about the usage of fruits other than grapes for winemaking and elaborates their properties; mainly quality, consumption, nutrition, sensory evaluation and health benefits. Hence, production and commercialization of non-grape fruit wines is the basis for the standardization of technologies for reducing post-harvest losses and contributes to the economy of the existing wine industry.12/2014; DOI:10.1016/j.fbio.2014.12.002
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ABSTRACT: This present research is aimed at evaluating the impact of a multi-fruit wine obtained from a blend of five fruits on serum urea, albumin and total tissue protein in albino Wistar rats. Seventy (70) albino Wistar rats were randomly divided into seven (7) study groups of ten rats per group (n=10). The animals were placed on either low (corresponding to four standard drinks) or high (six standard drinks) doses of multi-fruit wine with additives (MFWA) or plain wine (MFWP), low doses of red wine or cashew wine. All animals had free access to normal rat feed and drinking water. The feeding regimens lasted for 2 weeks. The result showed no significant difference (p≥0.05) in serum urea, protein homogenate and supernatant tissue protein among groups administered the multi-fruit wine. High dose of multi-fruit wine plain (H-MFWP) and low dose of red wine (STD 1) increased serum albumin concentrations significantly (p<0.05) compared with the control. Results of the investigation showed no adverse alteration in the biochemical parameters of the experimental animals following administration of the multi-fruit wine, suggesting that the multi-fruit wine can be used alongside other therapeutic purposes associated with the maintenance of the kidney and liver function. Key words: albumin, multi-fruit wine, standard wines, tissue protein, urea.