Drink, eat and be merry – but mostly drink

There has been so many holistic alternative medicines and therapy these days, that it seems easy to dismiss all of them as just another scam to get a health conscience public’s money. Maybe one in a hundred provide any kind of benifits, and those are probably too minute to notice in any sort of tangible, life improving way. There are countless diets and supplements all claiming that they hold the secret ingredient that will make your life longer, more enjoyable, and more fulfilling…well, here yet is another one.

The idea of the French Paradox – being how does a society of people with such a high intake of saturated fats have such a low rate of heart disease and other related diseases??? The answer is in their daily wine consumption. These people drink – I mean DRINK. What they drink is red wine by the gallon. Featured in Fortune magazine last month was an article dealing with a certain ingredient called Resveratrol a phytoalexin produced by several plants and especially any vine type grape bearing plants. It is found in the skins of red grapes but not nearly enough apparently to ward off any kind of coronary heart disease – so they say…they do make concentrated supplements of it however – that are currently being developed into semi-wonder drugs. The idea thus far, is that Resveratrol can stunt the aging process. Given in strong enough doses, it can prolong life 20% – so the theory goes. The studies have also found (through mice) that it wards off weight gain and ignites cellular regeneration that in theory in humans, could reverses the aging process and be used as a cancer treatment in the future. Not only will stop the cancer but actually reverses it through a process that induces apoptosis, which means it may kill cancer cells.

I know people with Cancer, as i’m sure everyone has known or knows someone presently, so i am always curious what kind of treatment is on the horizon. You never know…

Now I am prone to get caught up in this type of thing so take it with a grain of salt…but I’m definitely increasing my wine consumption! Read the Fortune article here – they are much more informative and articulate…enough so to make me want to write a post on it…interesting stuff though…


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