gibbledygook wrote: Prior to reading David Wheldon's research I ignored the anti-bacterial theory and was happily tucking into the red burgundy and smoking the odd cigarette. I will now be avoiding these! Alas!
Interesting! I am having two glasses of red wine each night because Chlamydia pneumoniae doesn't like that at all! See below, copied from http://www.newscientist.com/channel/hea ... 124291.800
Two cheers for red wine
AS IF red wine's antioxidant properties weren't enough of an excuse for a "medicinal" tipple, there's yet more good news. It is possible that some of the drink's ingredients behave like antibiotics, helping prevent growth of the Chlamydia pneumoniae bacterium that some blame for clogged arteries and heart disease (New Scientist, 11 January 2003, p 36).
The finding comes from a team led by Gail Mahady of the University of Illinois in Chicago, who tested the effects of ingredients of red wine on the bacteria. They included concentrated extracts from pinot noir wine, and resveratrol, a polyphenolic chemical found in wine, frequently credited with the drink's health benefits.
The team found that both compounds drastically stunted growth of the bacterial colony (Atherosclerosis, vol 171, p 379). "At very low concentrations, probably equivalent to those in a glass of wine, we find that these components inhibit the bacteria in cell culture," says Mahady.
There is some evidence that C. pneumoniae aggravates inflammation and furs up the arteries with fatty plaques. The antibacterial effects might explain the so-called "French paradox" - that despite their high intake of fatty foods, fewer French people suffer from heart problems.
But she admits that other aspects of French lifestyle probably also play a role, such as regular exercise, low sugar intake and the smaller size of French portions compared to those dished up in the US and elsewhere.
From issue 2429 of New Scientist magazine, 10 January 2004, page 16