Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said many centuries ago: “let food be your medicine.” Today, this quote still shows its value, amongst others by the !nding that red wine consumption attributes to a healthy life style, reducing the risk to develop cardiovascular diseases. Cardiovascular diseases are one of the leading causes of death in many economically developed countries as well as in emerging economies.1 It has become a global epidemic problem, with type 2 diabetes, hypertension and, obviously, aging as one of the major risk factors. Red wine might interfere with one or more of these factors, and thus contribute in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

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E.J.G. Sijbrands (Eric) , A.H.J. Danser (Jan)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Dutch Heart Foundation
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Botden, I.P.G. (2012, May 9). Red Wine Polyphenols and Vascular Function. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/32301