This Christmas impress your family and friends with a Mediterranean Diet menu

Christmas. A time for joining the family to celebrate life. Usually these family meetings are around a table this is also a time known for an overeating behaviour. The rule should be “Moderation”. Our health depends on what we eat and if we wish celebrate Christmas for many years and in good health, one of our resolutions for 2020 must be eat healthy.

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Fertility and Wine

One may well be skeptical about the claims made for the purported health benefits of wine, but beware of questioning Greeks bearing gifts, and surely nobody can, in good faith, deny the mood enhancement that moderate wine drinking can bring? True, when it is abused it can have disastrous and life-destroying consequences, especially when in conjunction with addictive tendencies. However, when consumed in sensible quantities, it can be and is, as the Greeks realized, one of life’s great pleasures.

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2,4,6-trihydroxyphenanthrene: a new trans-resveratrol derivative detected in red wine after UV irradiation.

T2,4,6-trihydroxyphenanthrene (THP) results from cyclization of the trans-to the cis-isomer of resveratrol one of the most abundant polyphenols in red grapes and red wine. It has been demonstrated that THP can induce DNA damage through a pro-oxidant mechanism. On the other hand, due to the extended delocalization and conjugation of the πelectrons over the entire molecule, THP displays a significantly increased antioxidant activity compared to RSV with potential benefits on human health. Whatever the effect of THP on human health, it becomes important to establish its actual presence not only in RSV-containing food and beverages but even in cosmetics that, by their nature, are subject to UV radiation.

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How efficient is resveratrol as an antioxidant of the Mediterranean diet, towards alterations during the aging process?

Yesterday I published in the blog of our conference page “Wine Consumption in the Mediterranean Diet: A clarification about health effects” a post about the new Spanish Society of Community Nutrition guidelines, published last November 5. This proposal of food-based dietary guidelines s does not recommend in any case the consumption of alcoholic beverages. However, there are scientific evidence for health benefits of some wine components like the ones described in this review. Consumption of wine is a controversial issue, therefore, discussions forums like the conference that will be held in Vila Nova de Gaia at June 4 are very important.

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Post Nº 100

This is the post number 100. One hundred of weekends that I spend writing, reading, illustrating, editing and publishing the posts. The time that I spent do it is just part of the time I stole to the family, special to my youngest daughter, so today I decided to involve her in this project. The illustration is her authorship.

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Alcohol use in fatty liver disease

The effects of alcohol use in non‐alcoholic fatty‐liver disease are unclear. This post descries a study aimed to investigate the impact of alcohol use in fatty liver disease on incident liver, cardiovascular, and malignant disease, and death. Authors concluded that even low alcohol intake in fatty liver disease is associated with increased risks for advanced liver disease and cancer. Low to moderate alcohol use is associated with reduced mortality and CVD risk, but only among never smokers. This post alerts for the need of a serious discussion about wine health effects like the one that Science & Wine is promoting. See all in https://www.science-and-wine-conferences.com/

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Red grape pomace: a wine by-product with potential health benefits

This post talks about the potential re-use of the industrial wine by-product grape pomace to formulate functional drinks rich in bioactive compounds, namely polyphenols, demonstrating a beneficial health effect. Two recent published scientific papers, originated from a fruitful collaboration among the University of Parma, the Federico II University of Naples, and the National Research Council labs of Naples, Padua and Avellino, represent a reliable example of a comprehensive scientific approach. This approach includes the characterization of the specific functional product, the human metabolism of its native polyphenols, the resulting effect on glucose metabolism and, finally, its association with specific circulating metabolites.

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