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Wine May Wake Up Policy Makers

Posted: Monday, 04 July 2011 11:16

Wine May Wake Up Policy Makers

July 04: A new study indicating that Resveratrol, the chemical serving as a powerful anti oxidant and present in red wine may also provide benefits of exercise without moving a muscle, might make the politicians and bureaucrats in India sit up and take note since they lead a sedentary life and may be inclined to shift from whisky to wine for their own health and while formulating policies on wine and spirits.

According to the s study published in the FASEB journal and reported by Science Daily, “There is overwhelming data showing the human body needs physical activity, but for some of us, getting that activity isn’t easy,” said Gerald Weissmann, editor-in-chief and MD of the journal that published the latest research.

“Resveratrol may not be a substitute for exercise, but it could slow deterioration until someone could get moving again,” he added.

The report describes experiments by the French scientists in rats that simulated the weightlessness of spaceflight, during which the group fed Resveratrol did not develop insulin resistance or a loss of bone mineral density, as did those who were not given it. The rats given a daily dose of Resveratrol stayed in good health but ithose kept in weightless conditions and not given the chemical saw their bones become brittle with muscles wasted and weakened.

"If Resveratrol supplements are not your cup of tea," Weissmann concludes, "then there's good news. You can find it naturally in red wine, making it the toast of the Milky Way."

In the paradoxical Indian society where a significant number of politicians, bureaucrats and other policy makers do imbibe alcohol in private but shun talking about it in public because of the consideration for the Constitution (section 47) - especially the hard liquor over 200 million cases of which are imbibed every year, it might make them either start doing daily exercise or shift to drinking couple of glasses of red wine everyday as a more beneficial alternative.

Of course, if one does not drink alcohol, there are always the Resveratrol supplements the efficacy of which has not been fully established yet and jury is still out on the issue.


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