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Nature. 2006 Nov 30;444(7119):566.

Oenology: red wine procyanidins and vascular health.

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  • 1William Harvey Research Institute, Barts and the London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, London EC1M 6BQ, UK. r.corder@qmul.ac.uk

Abstract

Regular, moderate consumption of red wine is linked to a reduced risk of coronary heart disease and to lower overall mortality, but the relative contribution of wine's alcohol and polyphenol components to these effects is unclear. Here we identify procyanidins as the principal vasoactive polyphenols in red wine and show that they are present at higher concentrations in wines from areas of southwestern France and Sardinia, where traditional production methods ensure that these compounds are efficiently extracted during vinification. These regions also happen to be associated with increased longevity in the population.

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