A celebration of wine: Wine IS medicine

Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR, China.
Inflammopharmacology 10/2008; 16(5):240-4. DOI: 10.1007/s10787-008-8024-9
Source: PubMed


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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    • "It has been well documented that a moderate intake of alcoholic beverages produces positive effects on antioxidants, lipids, and platelets (reviewed in Lindberg and Amsterdam 2008). Other studies provide evidence that wine demonstrates beneficial properties that are independent from the presence of alcohol, which has been attributed to the polyphenol content of wine (reviewed in Ruf 2003, Halpern 2008). Red wine has been shown to confer a greater degree of health benefits than white wine. "
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    ABSTRACT: As indicated by epidemiological studies, regular and moderate wine consumption, particularly red wine, has been associated with health benefits. Clinical studies and work performed with animal models indicate that wine may protect against cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, hypertension, certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, neurological disorders, and metabolic syndrome. The mechanism of action has been attributed to antioxidant, lipid regulating, and anti-inflammatory effects. A variety of wine constituents have been studied in various disease models. Both the alcoholic and polyphenolic components of wine are believed to contribute to these beneficial effects. As wine is a complex mixture, it is likely that a multitude of chemical constituents, as well as their metabolites, work synergistically to impact human health. In sum, although wine drinking may be contraindicated in certain individuals, in healthy people, regular consumption of moderate amounts of wine may protect against certain chronic health conditions.
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    • "The antioxidant content of wine samples proved to be influenced by the variety of grape (Tsanova-Savova et al., 2002), the climatic conditions (Pena-Neira et al., 2000), the material used for sample preparation (e.g. seeds, skin), the conditions under samples are obtained (Fernandez- Pachon et al., 2004; Halpern, 2008, Hosu et al., 2010) and so on. "
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