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Why Drinking Lots Of Red Wine Is Really Good For You

Science breaks it down for us.
Why Drinking Lots Of Red Wine Is Really Good For You

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Red wine has been praised for many years as a alcoholic potion of health, a drunk-inducing beverage you can consume without feeling incredibly guilty about liver damage. We've posted more than a few articles on how red wine is supposedly amazing for you (keeping your skin clear, substitute for the gym) but now it's time to delve into the actual mechanics of wine's apparent benefits, and a possible partner in making you healthier.

New research performed by the Scripps Research Institute, as discussed in The Converation.com, has zeroed in on the actual compound within red wine that produces positive changes within the body, namely resveratrol.

Resveratrol itself is a compound found in plants (like grapes) that specifically responds to stress, and acts to promote the survival of the plant organism. When resveratrol acts the same way in the human body, a plethora of beneficial cellular interactions occur.

What is incredibly key, however, is that the resveratrol interact with tRNA synthetase, a stress-relieving protein structure in our DNA. When the two combine, they join forces to increase the levels of three different molecules:

  • p53 which inhibits tumour growth
  • AMPK which promotes cell survival
  • SIRT6 which lowers glucose/sugar levels (a big deal for diabetics)

Without tRNA synthetase, wine/resveratrol won't have the above health benefits, but we're hoping one can try to ensure the combo does occur. TRNA synthetase goes into motion when amino acids are in your body, which can be found in eggs, meat, and dairy, so cheese. So potentially, eating a bunch of cheese with your wine may actually make red wine good for your body, by inciting a resveratrol and tRNA synthetase interaction .

Of course, the above wine + cheese combo is just speculation, and even the tRNA synthetase + resveratrol needs to be better proven in human subjects. On our end, we've heard enough, and will go forward eating cheese and drinking wine guilt-free.

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