Are There Health Benefits to Drinking Red Wine?
There is a lot in this article that I think is great however I don't agree with a couple things. One is that red wine is healthier than whites because of it's greater amount of antioxidants. I agree with the idea that there are more antioxidants in red wine but does quantity best quality in terms of health? Not according to Joe Vinson and Barbara Hontz from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania. In 1995 they published the paper called "Phenol Antioxidant Index: Comparative Antioxidant Effectiveness of Red and White Wines." In it you find that, "the white wines had a significantly lower IC50 (the concentration for 50% inhibition of low density lipoprotein or bad cholesterol) and therefore better antioxidants than red wines." Quantity does not surpass quality. It is most important how effective antioxidants are at doing their job rather than the most antioxidants available in wine. Specifically for inhibiting bad cholesterol, white wine antioxidants are shown to be more effective than red wine.
In 1999 Dr. Karl Jung at the University of Mainz published "Moderate Red and White Wine Consumption and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease." The paper said: "white and red wine improved the antioxidant capacity in the blood. The sum of the changes in cardiovascular protective blood values, the "protective wine score," which includes all parameters, showed a clear improvement in both wine groups. The scores for moderate wine consumption were higher than for water, and white wine scored higher than red wine. In the US the Jordan Heart Research Foundation found that free radicals were lowered by 15% in red wine drinker and by 34% percent in white wine drinkers. Red wine drinkers experienced a 10% reduction in blood clotting ability and white wine drinkers by 20%. Why is this? A physicist at Monash university in Melbourne may have the answer.
Dr. Gordon Troup studied the size of the antioxidant molecules in wine and found that those in white wine are smaller than those in red. And because they are smaller, white wine antioxidant molecules can get further into the tissues to work with cells and are ultimately more effective than red wine antioxidant molecules. Dr. Troup writes that, "if the health-promoting properties of wines are related to their superoxide scavenging abilities, then white wine is at least as effective as red." Do you see why I disagree with the idea of just drinking red wine for its benefits? Red AND white wine contain alcohol and ample antioxidants to prevent vascular problems and lower degenerative diseases.