A study has found a link between moderate wine consumption and a lower risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease and cancer among middle-aged men, lending more credence to the French paradox: the long-standing belief that the health benefits of red wine negate the effects of the famously rich, high-fat diet and the risk of coronary heart disease.
After following up with 35,292 men over about 28 years, researchers from the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense and Bordeaux Segalen University in France found that when more than 50 per cent of their alcohol consumption came from wine, subjects showed a lower risk of death from heart disease as well as lung, lip, oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, bladder and rectal cancers. In numbers, moderate wine consumption was associated with a 40 per cent reduced risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease, and a 20 per cent reduced risk of death from cancer.
At the beginning of the study, subjects ranged in age from 40 to 65 years and hailed from eastern France. In the end, a total of 4,035deaths from cancer were recorded. When it comes to the famous French paradox, the scientific community is divided. A study printed the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health also suggested that drinking up to half a glass of wine a day can boost life expectancy in males by five years. However, another study out of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that resveratrol, an ingredient in red wine, had little effect on already healthy women.