1. Resveratrol can protect diabetic arteries

    Hardened arteries? Cut stiffness with THIS

    Well, here we go again... red wine sales are no doubt getting a boost this week thanks to the clueless media once again hyping the supposed health benefits.

    This is how they operate: Find some little detail they can zero in on, and then blow it out of proportion.

    In this case, the new study focused artery health in diabetics and resveratrol, the so-called "red wine antioxidant" because it's found in red wine.

    Sort of.

    A glass of red will contain about 4 mg of resveratrol, on average.

    And while the new study DID find that this stuff can protect the main artery in the heart in folks with diabetes, the benefit started at levels of 100 mg per day. And if you want REAL protection for stiffening arteries (as I know you do), the study finds you need 300 mg per day.

    That's 225 glasses of red wine!

    Calling this the "red wine antioxidant" is like calling cyanide "the spinach poison" (yep -- there's a little cyanide in your spinach).

    Obviously, it's there. But just as obviously, it's not in an amount that's going to matter.

    When you do get high levels of resveratrol, however, some pretty amazing things can happen.

    In the new study, researchers found that this stuff didn't make much difference in the stiffness of the aorta for most people. But there was one BIG exception: diabetics with the highest levels of stiffness in that main artery.

    These are the folks who need help the most -- and they got it in a major way, with 100 mg per day of resveratrol reducing that stiffness by 4.8 percent after two weeks.

    The higher dose, 300 mg per day, packed double the benefit, cutting the stiffness of the aorta by nearly 10 percent.

    And that's not all this stuff can do.

    Other studies show resveratrol may help protect the brain, fight cancer, and even extend your life.

    But just like in the new report on artery stiffness, all of those studies use doses that are dozens and in some cases hundreds of times the levels found in a glass of wine.

    I'm not about to leave you dry. If you like wine and are healthy enough to handle it, feel free to hoist the occasional glass.

    Just don't expect any real or lasting health benefits from it.

    If you want the artery protection seen in the new study, skip the wine -- because there's a much simpler way of getting those levels of resveratrol without dying of alcohol poisoning.

    Just take a supplement. Resveratrol is available both on its own and as part of an antioxidant blend.

  2. Cut your risk of death by 30 percent

    The anti-aging diet

    It's the simplest way to live a little longer: eat a little fruit, and drink a little tea.

    Fruits and teas -- as well as some nuts, legumes and vegetables -- are nature's best source of life-giving polyphenols, nutrients essential to fighting disease and staying alive.

    And if you make sure you have plenty of polyphenols in your own diet, you could slash your risk of a premature death by 30 percent, according to a new study of more than 800 seniors tracked for up to 12 years.

    There are plenty of reasons for this, since there are hundreds of polyphenols and they work to help your body in so many different ways.

    But for the most part, they all have one thing in common: They can fight off oxidative stress and inflammation, two of the biggest risk factors for the diseases of aging.

    And some of them even have the power to ward off cancer.

    Now, many studies on the benefits of certain foods and the nutrients found in them rely on memory and best-guess estimates to figure out who's eating what and how much.

    As you can imagine, it's not the most reliable way to conduct research -- and that's what makes this new study so remarkable, because it didn't rely on memory and best-guess estimates.

    The researchers used a urine test, so they know exactly how many polyphenols the volunteers were eating each day -- and thanks to those measurements, I can give you an exact number for cheating death: 650 milligrams.

    Make sure you get at least 650 milligrams of polyphenols each day, and you could enjoy that same 30 percent reduction in the risk of an early death.

    Of course, the big problem here is that most people don't know how much they're getting -- or whether or not they're getting the right polyphenols in the right amounts.

    And in some cases, it's impossible to get the right amounts from diet alone. Some of the most promising studies on resveratrol, for example, use 100-200 times the amounts you'll find in food.

    That's why along with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, I recommend making sure you take a quality antioxidant supplement from a maker you trust -- ideally one with both resveratrol and grape seed extract.

  3. Vitamin D plus grapes can boost immune system function

    A combination of vitamin D and the resveratrol found in red grapes can boost a critical immune system gene.
  4. Resveratrol benefits can turn back time

    The ‘red wine' antioxidant resveratrol can fight aging, a Harvard study confirms. But red wine isn't the best way to get it. It's not even a good way to get it.
  5. Alcohol-free wine can help blood sugar

    Wine with the alcohol removed can help control blood sugar without any of the risks that come from drinking actual booze.
  6. Alcohol can cancel out wine's heart benefits

    The best way to get the supposed benefits of wine is to skip the alcohol and go right to the polyphenols.
  7. Red wine: exercise in a glass

    You might think the only "exercise" you'll get from drinking wine comes from lifting the glass -- or maybe struggling to open the bottle. But it turns out resveratrol, the famous "red wine antioxidant," can actually trick the body into thinking it's getting some actual exercise -- giving you a big-time metabolic boost with every little sip.
  8. 'Wine antioxidant' can lower blood sugar

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    Resveratrol has been called the "fountain of youth" for its anti-aging powers--but the benefits of this great antioxidant are more than just skin deep. And now, researchers say it might even help diabetics keep their blood sugar levels in check.
  9. The right way to drink your red wine

    If you like to drink a little red wine, then you probably already know about its many health benefits.

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