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Red Wine and its Cardiovascular Effects By: Mary C. Lawrence Why the interest in red wine? “French Paradox” Lowest rate of cardiac disease mortality Fairly high intake of saturated fatty acids Loaded with natural health aids Cholesterol Detoxifier Anticoagulant Artery Relaxant

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why the interest in red wine
Why the interest in red wine?

“French Paradox”

Lowest rate of cardiac disease mortality

Fairly high intake of saturated fatty acids

Loaded with natural health aids

Cholesterol Detoxifier


Artery Relaxant

how antioxidants work
How Antioxidants Work
  • Saturated fats and oils contain many double bonds or 30 hydrogen which are easily targeted for auto-oxidation




  • Auto-oxidation leads to hydroperoxides which can dissociate rapidly because the RO-OR bond dissociation energy is ~35 kcal/mol which is lower than most bonds
how antioxidants work cont
How Antioxidants Work cont.
  • Antioxidants inhibit auto-oxidation of the free radical groups
  • Antioxidants are usually phenol compounds (aromatic ring with -OH group attached)
  • Phenols make good radical scavengers because the radical products are resonance-stabilized so they are then non-reactive compare to other radicals
wine antioxidants
Wine Antioxidants

Phenolic Acids

  • Gallic acid
  • Benzoic acid


  • Quercetin
wine antioxidants cont
Wine Antioxidants cont.


  • Malvidin
  • Cyanidin
wine antioxidants cont7
Wine Antioxidants cont.

Condensed Tannins


Wine as a cholesterol detoxifier

  • antioxidants help inhibit the oxidation and cytotocicity of low-density lipoprotiens

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ldl uptake into cells
1. LDL binds to receptorLDL Uptake into cells

2. Receptor-LDL complex internalized by endocytosis

3. Fusion with lysosomes--LDL hydrolyzed

4. Regulatory actions

Taken from Stryer Ed. 2 (p. 472)

how ldl is oxidized
How LDL is Oxidized

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atherosclerotic lesion cont
Atherosclerotic Lesion cont.

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anticoagulant activity
Anticoagulant activity


  • Protective role on collagen structures
    • Inhibit enzymes from breaking down collagen
    • Supports existing collagen structures
anticoagulant activity cont
Anticoagulant Activity cont.


  • Protect single layer cells of capillaries
  • Reinforce collagen structures
vascular relaxation
Vascular Relaxation

Quercitin Condensed Tannins

  • Both have been shown to relax smooth muscle surrounding rat aortic rings
  • Both believe to involve the NO-cGMP pathway
no cgmp pathway
NO-cGMP Pathway
  • Known that the intracellular messenger for NO is guanylate cyclase--which catalyzes cGMP
  • cGMP then leads to an increase in protein kinase G phosphorylation and smooth muscle relaxation

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differences in wine
Differences in wine
  • Red versus white wine
  • Red wine fermented with grape stems and skins
  • White wines show lesser vascular relaxation effects
  • Thick versus thin skinned grapes
  • Flavonol content higher in thick skin --quercetin glycosides accumulate in skins
  • Grapes left on vine longer have higher flavonol levels--skins usually thicker
the future
The Future?
  • ActiVin--nutritional ingredient manufactured by Inter Health
  • Natural extract of red grape seeds, contains high amounts of flavonoids
  • Powerful inhibitor of free radical -induced lipid peroxidation
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  • Flesch, Markus, Andreas Schwarz, and Michael Bohm. “Effects of red and white wine on endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation of rat aorta and human coronary arteries.” American Journal of Physiology 275 (1998): H1183-H1190.
references cont
References cont.
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      • McDonald, Morag S., Mark Hughes, Jennifer Burns, Michael E. J. Lean, David Matthews, and Alan Crozier. “Survey of the Free and Conjugated Myricetin and Quercetin Content of Red Wines of Different Geographical Origins.” Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry 46(2) (1998): 368-375.
      • “Resveratrol and Red Grape Skin Extract and Grape Seed Extract.” Online. Internet. 22 Feb. 1999. Available:
      • Saura-Calixto, Fulgencio. “Antioxidant Dietary Fiber Product: A New Concept and a Potential Food Ingredient.” Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry 46(10) (1998): 4303-4306.
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