Yes, scientists now say that moderate consumption of Red Wine can help preserve your neurons, delaying the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. But that’s just half the story: You have to eat the right foods at the same time as you drink to get the benefits!
A study by Dr. A. Esteban-Fernández and her colleagues at the Institute of Food Science Research in Madrid looked at the effects of a variety of human gut microbes and their effects on human nerve cells and discovered that a combination of ingredients from every-day foods and Red Wine could protect nerve cells from degeneration. That is, they didn’t die as easily under stress – the kind of stress that early Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s puts on nerves.
“It is very important to understand that certain food compounds are responsible for this health benefit in protecting against the onset of neurodegenerative diseases,” Dr. Esteban-Fernández stresses. “No medication was involved. I am not advocating to replace medicines by diet, but I want to raise more awareness how your diet is helping to prevent diseases or reduces the risk of getting sick. It is more than feasible to go to the supermarket and buy vegetables and fruit: it depends only on the individuals to maintain a balanced diet.”
Other commenters point out that Red Wine is a sort of ‘Goldilocks’ proposition: Too little, no benefits. Too much, and you fry your neurons! Drink carefully, my friends!
Once again, the importance of a balanced diet comes to the fore on a major medical issue!
And, in this instance, at least, a balanced diet includes Red Wine!
~ Maggie J.