Resveratrol in Wine

Some comments from Huon Hooke in this morning’s SydneyMorning Herald

Sydney’s winemakeing medico, Dr Philip Norrie, is to launch a new range of wines with a difference: extra resveratrol. The North Shore GP owns the Hunter Valley vineyard and winery, Pendarves Estate. His new wines, under The Wine Doctor brand, will contain added resveratrol, an antioxidant naturally present in grapes and wine. Norrie, long a passionate advocate of wine’s health-giving properties, reckons a bit of resveratrol is good, but more is better.

The wines will initially be a chardonnay and a shiraz, priced at less than $200 a dozen retail. “It’s taking my wine and health kick to the nth degree,” Norrie says. “It’s in the hands of the NSW Food Authority at present. They are deciding whether I can label it ‘resveratrol-enhanced wine’ or just ‘REW’ – which I have trademarked.”

Resveratrol is the most important antioxidant in wine. Antioxidants inhibit the ageing process and protect against degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes and dementia, Norrie says. “The normal level of resveratrol in wine is three to six millimols per litre; ours will have over 200.”

He’s determined the wine will be on sale this year. “We already have leading retailers in the UK and US interested in exclusivity.”

… It all sounds like another good reason to enjoy another glass of wine!

2 Responses to Resveratrol in Wine

  1. Clinton December 24, 2009 at 4:11 am #

    really nice posting about the anti aging supplement, Resveratrol, as i think about this supplement ,Resveratrol is touted as the secret ingredient behind the "French Paradox"-the French live longer with less cases of heart disease despite a diet high in fat. Is it really possible to capture the life extending properties in the French diet and put it in a pill? Well many researchers and scientists will argue yes. The key is red wine. In particular, one specific component that is at the center of anti aging research and is being labeled as the life extension miracle ingredient-Resveratrol.
    Anti Aging

  2. Ju April 1, 2009 at 4:16 pm #

    Awesome post! Have you had a chance to watch 60 Minutes or Barbra Walters segments last weekend about it?

    It show promise in mice. For mice, has shown major health improvements including blood sugar control. Keep in mind that 6 out of 10 major drug successes in mice – fail in humans. But the limited human trials showed promise and there are some patients that claim it helps. However, this could be the ‘placebo effect,’ and only empirical data under controlled experiments can tell for sure. It will take a few years for these clinical trials to conclude.

    You can get supplements of the extract right now. While it is safe, it is not guaranteed to work. Before making a decision, you should watch all the videos. Here’s the a recap from all the trustworthy shows:

    I did some research and learned the following: You can only get 1-2mgs of it in a single bottle of wine. So, white, it’s a good excuse to drink wine, but you really won’t get much benefit. There are resveratrol supplements on the market – but many do not have the required strength and they don’t work for everyone. The only way to know for sure is to try the supplements. Hope you find this interesting… its a future hope for the fountain of youth and treatments (not cures) for countless diseases.

    -Linda, the Good Nurse.