Good news for wine lovers around the world. According to a recent study by a team of researchers at the University Medical Center Groningen in The Netherlands, the consumption of white wine may improve lung function in the general population.
Wine contains a substance called resveratrol, which is a natural polyphenol present in the skin of red grapes and other fruits. Resveratrol is known to produce anti-inflammatory properties in the lungs. Resversatrol and its effects on the body are currently a popular topic for animal and human studies.
Researchers in the present study assessed the impact of wine and resveratrol intake on lung function in the general population. The results of the study indicate that the resveratrol intake from the consumption of white wine was associated with a lower risk of airway obstruction. The same conclusion is not true of red wine.
The average wine drinker can conclude from this study that white wine is good for the lungs.
However, this study is not without criticism. Reviewers of the article criticized a number of points. One reviewer is noted as stating:
Resveratrol may well be just the bystander of something else present in wine. The beneficial effects on lung function are probably related to many compounds present in wine, and not just resveratrol.
Regardless, the results of this study are similar to other studies in that moderate wine consumption does appear to have a favorable effect on lung function.
Will the news that the resveratrol in white wine improves lung function in the general population affect your wine drinking habits?