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Monday, October 16, 2006

To Your Health: Red Wine Offers Stroke Protection

The evidence that a couple drinks a day can head off a number of health issues continues to mount. Scientists from Johns Hopkins University have released a study showing red wine appears to guard the brain from damage after a stroke and a couple of glasses a day might head off an issue before it starts.

The researchers fed mice a moderate amount of resveratrol, a compound found in red grape skins and seeds. Mice receiving the resveratol suffered about 40 percent less brain damage than mice who were not treated with the compound.

The results of the study were presented at a meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Atlanta. The researchers believe the substance helps build cell resistance against free radical damage. Resveratrol increases levels of heme oxygenase, an enzyme in the brain known to shield nerve cells from damage.

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