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Your Daily Red

Woman drinking red wine

Is there anything behind the belief that the type of alcohol you choose is indicative of your personality?  Drinking wine is often referred to as the way classy people get wasted.  It is the so-called “pedigree” of alcohols.

Maybe  you just don’t think you’re the “wine type.”  You don’t know anything about Hemingway or Beckett. Your pjs are made of flannel, not silk. You don’t own a variety of good cheeses and you’re not fluent in French. You still pepper your speech with the word “like.” Maybe you’re more the green tea type, or the beer type, or even just the milk and cookies type.  Definitely not the wine type.

However, in recent years, there is a new characteristic assigned to wine drinkers, and that is ‘healthy’.  So, if you consider yourself the “healthy type,”  a nightly glass of wine may not be such an unthinkable option for you.  Perhaps, if you have a look at the benefits of wine you will revise your opinion.

Good for Your Memory
Research shows that women in their 70s who drank wine every day scored better on memory tests than those who did not.  Wine reduces the inflammation of blood vessels and prevents blood clots linked to heart problems and loss of cognitive skills.  Red wine and alcohol, in general, can also help unclog arteries by raising good cholesterol.

Good for Your Waistline
If you drink wine daily, there is a chance you have lower abdominal fat and a slimmer waist than liquor drinkers and a body mass lower than those who drink wine less regularly, studies say.  Alcohol has been credited with the ability to keep your body burning calories for 90 minutes after drinking a glass.

Good for your Immune System
A British study showed that people who drank a glass of wine daily reduced their risk of contracting a bacteria that causes gastritis, stomach cancer, and ulcers by 11%.  A Spanish study found that a half a glass can present food poisoning, like salmonella.

Good for Your Ovaries
Australian research found that the daily glass of vino can lower the risk of ovarian cancer by 50%.  Scientists credit the antioxidants in the wine the ability to prevent cancer. A separate study done by the University of Michigan, found a red wine compound was able to kill cells from ovarian cancer when combined in a test tube.

Good for Your Bones
Wine has been shown to increase bone mass in female wine drinkers by boosting estrogen levels and slowing the deterioration of bones.

Good for Your Blood Sugar Level
Results of a study conducted by Harvard Medical School, women who drink a glass of red each day are 40% less likely to develop type two diabetes than those who don’t.  Researchers hypothesize that this is a result of wine’s ability to reduce resistance to insulin.

Thinking about changing your type?  Don’t worry.  There is no proven link between drinking a glass of wine daily and the ability to look more beautiful. (Not as of yet, at least.)  However, some of the other side effects have been supported and seem much more attractive.  It can be your little secret.

Wine Benefits Increased by Jail Breaking Yeast? Vine Vera Reviews

A wine bottle and grapes on table with a brick wall background

Researchers have long explored the various benefits that wine has to offer to the human body. Modern day science has already come a long way in proving some of the benefits that red wine ingredients such as resveratrol offer to the skin and the body. Vine Vera came across a recent study conducted by researchers working for the University of Illinois that showed exciting findings on the health benefits of wine. This study was published in the Applied and Environmental Microbiology Journal.

According to researchers, jail breaking yeast could dramatically increase wine’s health benefits by reducing the toxic byproducts which often lead to headaches the next morning. Most fermented food items such as bread, beer and wine are made using a polyploid strain of yeast. This means that the products contain numerous copies of genes in their genomes. Yong-Su Jin, the principal investigator and associate professor at Energy Biosciences Institute, mentions that genetic engineering of polyploid strains was considered to be a difficult process because altering a gene in a single copy of the genome was rendered useless by the unaltered copy. The unaltered version of the genome brought back the altered gene into its original state.

Through this study, scientists managed to create a “genome knife” that could be used to cut through different copies of the targeted gene in a precise manner until all copies of the gene were cut. Researchers used this RNA-guided Cas9 nuclease to engineer the polyploid strains that are currently being used in the fermentation of beer and wine

Vine Vera discovered that the results obtained through the study have been astonishing. The researchers mention that wine already contains a healthy component called resveratrol. By adding engineered yeast into the picture, they managed to increase the amount of resveratrol by at least 10 times. Moreover, the engineered yeast also allowed researchers to add metabolic pathways that led to the introduction of other bioactive compounds such as ginseng into the wine yeast from different food items. Similarly, researchers also devised ways to transfer the resveratrol-producing pathways into the engineered strains of yeast that were used in the fermentation of beer, kimchee, kefir, pickles and cheese.

Another major benefit of this engineered yeast is that it allows winemakers to clone the enzyme which helps in enhancing the malolactic fermentation, a secondary process that is used to give the wine a smoother taste. Improper malolactic fermentation is one of the root causes of hangover symptoms and toxic byproducts. Yong-Su Jin also suggested that this “genome knife” could be used as a tool that allowed genetic engineers to crease precise mutations, something that was not possible before.

Designed mutations are important because they allow scientists to understand the functions of specific genes. Jin gives the examples of a yeast that creates a great wine flavor. It would be important to understand the reasons behind the flavor. This process can allow researchers to delete genes one by one, until that distinct flavor in the wine disappears, thereby isolating the gene responsible for giving the wine its flavor.

Vine Vera believes that such technologies should make genetically modified organisms less objectionable. Researchers have traditionally used antibiotic markers as a means of indicating the genetic alterations in organisms and people have objected to the use of such food items because of the dangers associated with enhanced antibiotic resistance. However, by using the “genome knife” concept, researchers should be able to precisely cut the genome, without having to resort to the use of antibiotic markers as a means of confirming the genetic event.