Dec 18, 2008

Health - Now drink the world's healthiest wine

MELBOURNE: An Australian doctor claims to have created the world's healthiest wine which cleans blood vessels and reduces the risk of heart attack as one drinks it.

According to Sydney-based doctor and wine historian Dr Philip Norrie, each bottle contains up to 100 times the amount of resveratrol -- a naturally occurring anti-oxidant found in grapes -- than a standard drop.

Resveratrol helped to maintain blood flow by keeping arteries free of fatty deposits called atherosclerotic plaque and a wine infused with high levels of the tasteless anti- oxidant would act as a "vascular pipe-cleaner", Norrie said.

"While the positive effects of moderate wine consumption have long been documented, the inclusion of such large quantities of this beneficial anti-oxidant is very good news for wine drinkers.

"What we've been able to do is boost the amount of resveratrol in wine and you wont even know its there... you're effectively clearing your arteries while you drink.

"Getting people to stop smoking, exercise and lose weight, is a nice idea but in reality it doesn't happen. Drinking two glasses of wine is realistic, enjoyable and also good for you and I've made it even healthier," he told AAP.

Now, Dr Norrie is producing his own range of wine, including a chardonnay and a shiraz, each containing 100mg/L of resveratrol per bottle. He said this was as much as is contained in 70 to 100 bottles of standard white wine or 15 to 20 bottles of standard red.

"I stress that these benefits are best realised with moderate drinking," he said in a warning to any connoisseurs planning a wine-based health kick.

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