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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Argentina’s High Altitude Wines - The Healthiest?

Wine-Knows: Fine Wine & Gourmet Food Journeys for the Discerning Traveler: Argentina’s High Altitude Wines---the World’s Healthiest?:

"So, what is it about elevation that makes the difference?  Higher altitude vineyard sites are closer to the sun.  Grapes implement a defense mechanism against the sunlight intensity by thickening their skins, resulting in higher polyphenol levels.   Resveratrol, one of these polyphenols, has been shown to have great anti-oxidant properties.  Antioxidants have been shown in numerous medical studies to protect the heart.

High altitude wines, however, may promote more than just cardiac health.  Resveratrol has been found to have implications for destroying human cancer cells.  This important polyphenol may also have “fountain of youth” inference as it has been shown to encourage cell survival during times of stress."

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