You've probably heard by now that red wine is good for your heart. It's a popular headline for obvious reasons, even if it's a bit misleading. Red wine certainly does contain antioxidants that are great for cardiovascular health. But you'd often have to drink bottle after bottle of wine to get the levels of antioxidants used in the studies that these headlines are referencing. It's fine - and possibly even beneficial - to have a glass of red wine occasionally, but I wouldn't stake your whole heart-protection strategy on it.
Researchers agree that drinking wine isn't the best way to get these antioxidants to the heart. So scientists at Louisiana State University (LSU) have found a way to get them straight to the source. They used wine-infused stents. Stents, as you may know, are permanent mesh tubes inserted into clogged arteries to help prop them open.
In the past, surgeons would insert stents that could release toxic chemotherapy agents. Over time, these can end up damaging your health and can even allow the blood vessels to narrow again. But the LSU researchers realized that if stents could release toxic agents, they could likely release beneficial agents as well, allowing the stents to offer more than just structural support. So they decided to give it a try with two powerful antioxidants found in red wine: resveratrol and quercetin. These healing agents can help keep blood from clotting and clogging up the arteries as well as lower levels of inflammation.
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The researchers are excited about the potential for this treatment and believe it could be extended to other areas of the body affected by a condition called peripheral artery disease. This disease involves blood flow blockages that can affect the kidneys, stomach, and limbs. Antioxidants could help improve blood flow to these areas as well.
I'm intrigued by this new treatment option. I certainly think antioxidant-releasing stents are an improvement over ones that release chemotherapy agents. But I'd rather you use these antioxidants to help you avoid developing cardiovascular disease in the first place.
No, you don't need to drink a bottle of wine every night - or have preemptive surgery to insert red-wine stents in your arteries. You'll get plenty of resveratrol and quercetin, the antioxidants the researchers used, by taking Advanced Resveratrol Formula. If you don't have heart disease, this is a good preventative measure, and if you do, it's still a good bet until such stents are widely available.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD