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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Zin better than zinc for combating colds

I've been sniffling and sneezing all week — so I obviously need to increase my intake of red wine. Consider this passage gleaned from today's New York Times:
"Nonetheless, two large studies have found that although moderate drinking will not cure colds, it can help keep them at bay. One, by researchers at Carnegie Mellon in 1993, looked at 391 adults and found that resistance to colds increased with moderate drinking, except in smokers." Plus, this: "The study, in The American Journal of Epidemiology, found no relationship between the incidence of colds and consumption of beer, spirits, Vitamin C or zinc. But drinking 8 to 14 glasses of wine per week, particularly red wine, was linked to as much as a 60 percent reduction in the risk of developing a cold. The scientists suspected this had something to do with the antioxidant properties of wine."

So an ounce of prevention may not be worth a pound of cure, but a magnum of prevention is....

(A wag of the tail to Tom for the tip!)
J. Silverheels Gray, 7:32 PM