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How Red Wine May Prevent Stroke Damage

June 17, 2020

How Red Wine May Prevent Stroke Damage

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have discovered ways in which red wine consumption following a stroke may protect the brain from damage. The skin of grapes contains resveratrol, a type of polyphenol compound found in certain plants, which contain significant health benefits.  The study suggests that resveratrol increases the level of an enzyme (heme oxygenase), known to shield nerve cells in the brain from damage. Therefore, when the stroke hits, the brain is ready to protect itself thanks to the elevated enzyme levels. Additionally, red wine is well-known for its purported health benefits, which include cardiovascular disease and antioxidant properties. According to a study published in Diabetologia, drinking wine every few days may help protect against Type 2 diabetes. More specifically, participants who drank three to four days a week were about 30 percent less likely to develop diabetes than those who drank less than once a week. The key is moderate drinking, consuming consciously enough to know how you are being affected by wine. Moderate alcohol use for healthy adults means up to one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than age 65, and up to two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger, collected from May Clinic.

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