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"The dialogue between the new and old world": International confernce in Porto
6/9/2007
The City of Porto, together with the member cities of Great Wine Capitals Global Network (GWC), is planning...
 
Red wine as an elixir for long life and good eyesight17/12/2006
Hartmut Glossman, a lecturer at Innsbruck Medical University, provided another proof of the health benefits that can be derived from moderate consumption of red wines when he participated in the world convention of the Society for Medical Plant Research. Known and highly regarded throughout the world as a pharmacologist and biochemist, Glossman told that red wine, drunk with moderation and never before 30 years of age, prevents cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, corrects cardiovascular insufficiencies, aids sexual activity and prolongs life expectancy because of its antioxidant properties.Glossman observed that the most recent studies conducted on diabetes, which is “considered a sort of plague of the 21st century,” showed that measured consumption of red wine could be considered an excellent preventive. At the same time, the researcher emphasized the fact that anti-Alzheimer drugs have still not been developed. But he also noted that five clinical studies showed that moderate consumption of red wines lowers the risk of senility by 50%. Despite all the research, the studies published and the results reported, even in non-scientific journals, Professor Glossman was able to cite paradoxes in regard to wine and health that exist in some countries, especially the United States. There, wine is sold under labels that seem intended to terrorize consumers. The invaluable juice of the grape is described as dangerous for health without any distinction in respect to quality or certified origin.
Almost at the same time as the conference, the results of a study conducted by a group of Icelandic researchers were released. The research involved a total of 1,379 persons over 50 years of age and was aimed at verifying the onset of visual disturbances in relation to the ingestion of alcohol. In this case as well, the subjects more at risk for cataracts and glaucoma were heavy drinkers or non-drinkers. Prof. Fridbert Jonasson reported that the greater part of the persons subject to examination drink red wine since white is not much diffused in Iceland . If was not possible, therefore, to determine whether white wine offers the same protective effects on eyes.
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