Beer Brains (November 25, 2002)
If you've ever needed a good reason to switch from beer drinking to wine
drinking, read on. The Institute of Preventative medicine in Copenhagen,
Denmark, has found through their research that wine drinkers are less
likely to risk dementia that those who quaff beer.
According to Dr. Thomas Truelsen, who led the research team, the compounds
in the skins of black grapes used to make red wine protect your mind as
well as your heart. Study after study has proven conclusively that red
wine, taken in moderation, will help to rid your arteries and veins of
low-density lipo-proteins the "bad" cholesterol that
can cause heart disease. Now it seems that the rich flavonoids in red
wine can also help ward off mental deterioration. Dr. Truelsen's study
has shown that wine drinkers were less prone to dementia than beer drinkers.
Parallel research at the State University of York Downstate Medical Centre
suggests that it isn't alcohol in small amounts that protects brain cells
from deterioration but the rich flavonoids in the skins of black grapes.
Dr. Peter Forgacs at the Centre is quoted as saying, "It appears
that wine has something to protect the brain that beer does not possess."