February is heart month and its a great time to look at the “French Paradox”. Although french meals feature butter, bacon and the eponymous french fries, the French enjoy an enviably low rate of heart disease. Experts believe that an anti-aging component in red wine called resveratrol offers cardioprotection. Research has shown that reservatrol activates a protein that helps maintain tissue health. Inside the body this translates to healthy heart and arteries. On the outside this could mean better skin tone , fresher color and fewer wrinkles.
Doctors around the world have been almost frantically studying the effect of resveratrol supplements to provide the same benefits. Imagine, a pill that could keep you healthy AND beautiful. Now after five years of study comes the news from a once promising study that resveratrol supplements don’t deliver. Like so many other supplement studies, the health benefits are there only with the original food– and in this case a daily glass of red wine. Not such bad news after all.