Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Here's to the wine that clears your arteries

It sounds too good to be true, but an Australian doctor insists he has created the world's healthiest tipple: a wine that cleans the arteries as you drink it, reducing the risk of heart attack. Philip Norrie, who owns a vineyard in New South Wales, is producing wines with up to 100 times the antioxidant content of a standard drop. He calls them "vascular pipe-cleaners", saying the antioxidant they contain - resveratrol, which occurs naturally in grapes - helps to keep blood vessels free of fatty deposits. Dr Norrie said yesterday that while the positive effects of moderate wine consumption had long been documented, "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." - NZ Herald

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