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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."

 

 

 

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