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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 you puff.

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.

 

 

 

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