Good News for Smokers (September 11, 2003)
If you're finding it hard to give up cigarettes, take heart. You
could improve your health chances by having a glass of red wine while
Researchers in Greece contend that there may be sufficient chemicals
in two glasses of red wine (about 8 ounces) to counteract the harmful
effect on arterial function of smoking one cigarette.
John Lekakis and Christos Papamichael of University Hospital in Athens
told the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology of their
findings following an experiment on 16 healthy volunteers. They gave each
a Greek red wine, rich in polyphenols, and they established that it was
the polyphenols and not the alcohol that was the remedial element, because
they also administered alcohol-free samples.
This doesn't mean that chronic smokers should become chronic wine imbibers,
but the research seems to confirm that not only is red wine good for the
heart but it may also contain chemicals that can mitigate some of the
harmful effects of smoking.