The Truth About Red Wine and Heart Disease?

Written by Nicholas Webb

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Another study, statistical rather than practical, by a Professor Grey ofrepparttar University of Bern in Switzerland focused onrepparttar 147234 low, medium and high coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality figures ofrepparttar 147235 World Health Organization.

What did he find? Well from amongrepparttar 147236 high mortality areas were Finland and Scotland,repparttar 147237 middle areas included Ireland, andrepparttar 147238 low CHD areas included Spain, Italy and France. He then compared heart attack rates with antioxidant levels in blood samples taken from men living in those areas.

What he found was very interesting,repparttar 147239 results showed that high antioxidant levels, in particular vitamin E, coincided with low death rates of heart disease. Moreover, his results showed that vitamin E levels were 94% more accurate in predicting CHD rates than were cholesterol levels or blood pressure figures! Apart from diet,repparttar 147240 high CHD regions drink very little, if any wine, whereasrepparttar 147241 low regions traditionally accompany their meals most days with wine.

It certainly seems strange that two much studied cities; Glasgow in Scotland and Toulouse in France show many similarities and yet many differences. The inhabitants of both cities eat tremendous amounts of high fat foods, traditionally take little exercise and drink alcohol. The surprising difference is that whilerepparttar 147242 people of Glasgow have one ofrepparttar 147243 highest rates of CHD inrepparttar 147244 world,repparttar 147245 fortunate people of Toulouse have one ofrepparttar 147246 lowest. Traditionally beer and spirits arerepparttar 147247 preferred drinks in Glasgow, whilerepparttar 147248 folks in Toulouse drink red wine.

It has also been suggested that drinking in moderation together with meals is beneficial, while binge drinking at bars inrepparttar 147249 evening is harmful. It seemsrepparttar 147250 southern Europeans don’t drink forrepparttar 147251 alcohol buzz, but just as a pleasant accompaniment to their meals.

At firstrepparttar 147252 large heart institutions such asrepparttar 147253 American College of Cardiology andrepparttar 147254 American Heart Association ignored both antioxidants and frowned upon wine. While it is clear that it could be potentially dangerous for a physician to recommend his patients start drinking alcohol, it is also strange that they pretended for so many years to ignorerepparttar 147255 evidence. Well, now even if they don’t promoterepparttar 147256 taking of vitamin pills; antioxidants and free radicals are now recognized.

However, according torepparttar 147257 AHA “There is no scientific proof that drinking wine or any other alcoholic beverage can replace conventional measures ... No direct comparison trials have been done to determinerepparttar 147258 specific effect of wine or other alcohol onrepparttar 147259 risk of developing heart disease or stroke.” Just ask yourself who would pay for such studies. Clinical Trials haverepparttar 147260 purpose of showing one thing to be better than another, or whether a certain substance is beneficial to health. The costs of clinical trials is so high that onlyrepparttar 147261 pharmaceutical industry haverepparttar 147262 financial clout to invest in them – invest isrepparttar 147263 correct word. What a surprise. the site that tells you how it is, about getting your life back and living it to the full! Articles, tips, advice and the latest news on how to take care of your heart. You can get articles like this in your mailbox each month by submitting to our eZine “The Web’s Heart” at:

The diet / cancer link

Written by Simon Mitchell

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The genetic modification of foodstuffs for example is still largely untested and many of its results are open to interpretation. Scientific knowledge ofrepparttar processes involved is actually at an early stage. Little is known about side effects, how gene function is controlled, gene transfer into other organisms such as bacteria inrepparttar 147233 human gut. The British Medical Association (B.M.A.) has said thatrepparttar 147234 potential adverse effects have not been sufficiently investigated and strongly recommend caution. The United Nations' safety body,repparttar 147235 Food and Agriculture Organisation, has warned thatrepparttar 147236 failure to carry out full health checks on G.M. foods could lead to toxic reactions, allergies and increased resistance to antibiotics.

Experience has shown that genetically modified and organic foods cannot exist together because genetically modified crops will cross-pollinate with any others. Contamination ofrepparttar 147237 whole food chain has already occurred within a couple of years. Biotechnology companies that are facing opposition in Europe are targeting less well resourced countries such as India inrepparttar 147238 hope that genetically modified organisms will spread irreversibly before public opinion has time to intervene.

In addition to avoidingrepparttar 147239 carcinogens that are increasing everywhere in our culture, we need a complex yet balanced mixture of specific minerals and nutrients to maintain ourselves in a healthy way. Recent government policy recommends we should eat a minimum of five or six fruit and vegetable types in any given day. The British Dietetic Association's survey shows thatrepparttar 147240 typical English diet includes only 3.3 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. The Scottish consume 2.7 portions a day whilerepparttar 147241 Irish get only a measly 2.3. New research from Spain suggests thatrepparttar 147242 quality of food and its method of preparation are as important asrepparttar 147243 quantity, since many ofrepparttar 147244 nutrients in food are destroyed during industrial preparation and even in domestic cooking processes. In order to gainrepparttar 147245 breadth of specific minerals we need to maintain health using food, we need fresh, quality food types, cooked appropriately, or at least someone to sell usrepparttar 147246 right supplements!

The quick-fix mentality of Western culture has grown so used to pill-popping supplements that markets have responded to this. The American public uses increasing amounts of vitamin and mineral supplements. A survey conducted byrepparttar 147247 Federal Drugs Authority (F.D.A.) in America states that over 60 million Americans believe that vitamin supplements are essential for good health. The report also shows that about 20 million Americans believe that mineral deficiency is a primary cause of disease, including cancer, which shows what a good marketing jobrepparttar 147248 supplements industry has done. Drug corporations are moving quickly intorepparttar 147249 supplements industry following market forces. Legislation in Europe is posed to ban many supplements (like herbs) that have a natural source, in preference to pharmaceutical alternatives. Even though appropriate dietary supplements are becoming recognised as a useful tool in maintaining health, legislation is fast catching up to regulate this field, showing a clear preference to synthetic chemicals.

In 1980repparttar 147250 National Academy of Sciences Committee on Dietary Allowances (who established R.D.A.'s or Recommended Daily Allowances) found no scientific evidence for nutritional benefits from vitamins, minerals or trace elements in dosages greater than those supplied by a balanced diet. Supplement industries with generous advertising budgets persuade many people that it is better to have 'expensive urine' than be at risk to disease through lackingrepparttar 147251 right vitamin or mineral in a diet.

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