SYDNEY – The health properties of red wine have long been debated but an Australian biochemist believes he has created a drop so loaded with antioxidants that it could treat a range of ills.
Brisbane-based Greg Jardine said Tuesday he has patented a group of compounds created during the wine-making process that he says act as an anti-inflammatory and could help battle conditions such as arthritis and chronic fatigue.
While previous studies have suggested a small daily intake of wine could help men live longer and may protect against heart disease, they have always been countered by those pointing out the dangers of alcohol consumption. Jardine, however, believes he has created a palatable drink that could have discernible health-boosting effects.
He said loading up wine with antioxidants usually makes it too tannic and undrinkable, but by also making the antioxidants more fat-soluble and thus more easily absorbed by the body, it surprisingly also becomes more palatable. “So it’s a double whammy,” Jardine said.