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You don't have to drink wine to gain the benefits of the antioxidant resveratrol.

The French hypothesis is based on wine protecting peasants in Southern France from suffering heart attacks, even though they eat a tremendous amount of fat, but their protection from heart attacks may be due to all the vegetables they eat. Some scientists think it's due to the antioxidant resveratrol found in the skins of grapes, mulberries and peanuts. Grapes make resveratrol to protect them from fungal infections, so those that are grown in cooler climates are most susceptible to fungal infections and have the highest concentrations in their skins.

Resveratrol is an antioxidant that helps prevent the bad LDL cholesterol from being converted to oxidized LDL that forms plaques in arteries. It also helps prevent platelets from sticking together and causing clots. Resveratrol has a chemical structure that is very similar to a feminizing hormone called diethylstilbestrol that causes vaginal cancer when taken during pregnancy.

Checked 8/31/05

May 29th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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