Red Wine Can Prevent Stroke (in Mice)

According to Reuters, scientists from Johns Hopkins University fed mice resveratrol (a compound found in red grape skins and seeds) before inducing stroke-like damage. Animals suffered less brain damage than similarly damaged mice who were not treated with resveratrol.

Red wine contains approximately 5 mg/L of resveratrol, whilst white wine has much less - the reason being that red wine is fermented with the skins, allowing the wine to absorb the resveratrol, whereas white wine is fermented after the skin has been removed (source: Wikipedia)

It has not been sufficiently proven that red wine has a protective effect against stroke in humans but this does not stop people from buying resveratrol capsules on the Internet.

According to researchers, you have to drink about 2 glasses of wine in order to consume the "required" amount of resveratrol. Currently, the content of the food supplements is not FDA-regulated, which means that those resveratrol capsules you bought on the web for $ 30 may not contain resveratrol at all.

The "R" mnemonic:
Red wine
Reduces stroke area in mice by 40%

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A toast to lower cholesterol. U.S. News & World Report.
Images source:
Resveratrol, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, public domain.
Wine, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Health Blog Interview: CEO, Red Wine in a Pill, Inc. WSJ Health Blog, 11/2007.
Doubt on Anti-Aging Molecule as Resveratrol Trial Is Halted


  1. For teetotalers, I wonder if plain old red grapes are a good substitute...

  2. A glass of wine every night. It's all good.

  3. assuming a glass is about 200 ml, two glasses will just be equiv to 2 mg resveratrol. that's 10x more than those supplements claim to have!

    brad, according to this article from linus pauling insitute, red grapes are supposedly ok, as are boiled peanuts.