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For Health Benefits, Sip Your Wine Slowly

Thomas Jefferson wrote, "Wine from long habit has become an indispensable for my health." Let's hope he savored each sip, because new research indicates that the health benefits of wine are absorbed in the mouth, and I am not talking about taste. Resveratrol, the powerful antioxidant found in red wine, is not absorbed in the lower digestive tract like many nutrients, but by the mucous membranes in the mouth. Savoring the wine, like a connoisseur, can increase the amount of the antioxidant that makes it into our bloodstream by 100 percent. The bottom line: don't gulp your wine. Not only is it uncouth, but it is unhealthy as well.


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helen77 helen77 7 years
have never thought about it like that before. Thanks so much for the depth and understanding at which you covered the topic. it's a useful piece of information not only for me but for many others. have read a lot on the topic at different blogs and books (download mainly from but this piece really gives food for thought
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
Very good to know.
karlorene karlorene 8 years
i wish i liked red wine but i only like white wine
michlny michlny 8 years
so random, yet so interesting! who knew??
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