US-CHINA STUDY: RED WINE CAN INHIBIT DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
By Siulan Law Mathews DipWSET
American and Chinese researchers have proved that resveratrol, a compound commonly found in red wines, is effective in eliminating depression and anxiety.
Researchers from University of Buffalo in USA and Xuzhou Medical University in China pumped corticosterone, a stress hormone, and resveratrol to mice in the study.
They found that resveratrol can inhibit phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) enzyme, a byproduct of corticosterone which can degrade our cells and cause feeling of anxiety. Essentially, resveratrol serves to relax the body and calm response to stress.
The findings have been published in the medical journal Neuropharmacology.
“Resveratrol may be an effective alternative to drugs for treating patients suffering from depression and anxiety disorders,” said lead researcher Dr. Ying Xu, associate professor at Buffalo’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Though a glass of red wine can help mitigate stress, it’s far from being a replacement to antidepressant prescriptions. For the same treatment to be effective in an average Asian man weighing 160 pounds, he would have to drink about 360 five-ounce glasses of red wine.
Other studies have found that drinking red wine in moderation has some health benefits including lowering chance of coronary heart disease and upping good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein) level.
(the writer can be contacted at: SLawMathews@thewinechronicle.com)
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