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Magical Resveratrol: Let's Have Some Wine!

From the Show: Life's Too Short
Summary: Wine has fantastic health benefits. Pass the bottle!
Air Date: 12/13/16
Duration: 12:43
Guest Bio: John P. Higgins, MD
Dr. John HigginsJohn P. Higgins, MD, MBA (Hons), MPHIL, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FACSM, FASNC, FSGC, is a sports cardiologist for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and the Harris Health System. His research interests include the effects of energy beverages on the body, and screening for underlying cardiovascular abnormalities in 12-year-olds (sixth graders), and steroid effects on the cardiovascular system.
Red wine can provide some amazing health benefits, all thanks to resveratrol.

Resveratrol is a polyphenol that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Resveratrol is found in red grapes, champagne, dark berries, peanuts and dark chocolate.

It’s better to have a little red wine throughout the week instead of a weekend binge. It’s better for your body. You’re more likely to burn off all the calories you’ve consumed.

Resveratrol capsules are available in drug stores as a food supplement. However, they haven’t been proven as a successful replacement for other sources.

Other benefits of resveratrol include improvement in eyesight and cardiovascular health, as well as a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s. It may also help physical endurance. A recent study in monkeys has shown that resveratrol increases slow-twitch muscle fibers.

Listen in as Dr. John Higgins shares the health benefits of resveratrol.

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