Study: Red Wine Is Awesome
Ah, it's a good day when the studies come down in favor of wine.
The latest: Red wine consumption may protect the brain from damage after a stroke, say the dedicated, kind, wonderful, and brilliant researchers at Johns Hopkins.
It's all due to that magical resveratrol stuff, which we still can't pronounce but we really, really like. Mice that ingested it before having a scientist-induced stroke (sad) "suffered significantly less brain damage than the ones that had not been given the compound."
"Our study adds to evidence that resveratrol can potentially build brain resistance to ischemic stroke," says Sylvain Doré, the leader of the study.
Which means, basically, red wine can protect your brain's nerve cells from damage... in addition to lowering your chances of cardiovascular disease, preventing cancer, increasing libido, and making you a skinny biotch!
Is this a miracle drug or what? And, is it any wonder that us educated ladies tend to go big or go home?
Oh, and you're not going to get the same benefits if you try to be all "dry county" and take supplements, scientists say. The alcohol in the wine is needed to concentrate the resveratrol. Score!
Then they give us that old chestnut about moderation, but by that time we're already three-quarters of the way through the bottle, so whatever.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Village Voice's biggest stories.