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Published reports say that a new University of Glasgow study suggests that while resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, has been getting all the good press in terms of being heart-healthy, a cancer preventative and even a way to extend one’s life, another ingredient in vino rosso may be equally or more important.

It ends up that flavonoids that essentially are the condensed tannins that give wine its various levels of bitterness seem to inhibit hardening of the arteries. One of the discoveries made by the scientists was that men from the French regions generating the wine with the strongest tannins tend to live longer than men from elsewhere in France.
KC's View:
In other words, next time when we’re choosing a red wine, we should be asking for a nice red with plenty of oligomeric procyanidins – the scientific name for the flavonoids that are in these tannins.

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