Red wine has been proven for years to benefit those that consume it on a regular, albeit moderate rate. Such health benefits include reducing your risk of certain cancers, helping to keep your heart healthy, and preventing vision loss. This might already make you think that drinking more wine will benefit you in the long-term. But new research has come to light that will have you looking at how to use red wine differently.
A study conducted by the University of Geneva in Switzerland shows that just sniffing red wine can help reduce lung cancer. A study performed on mice infected with the deadly disease saw that sniffing red wine actually helped fight lung cancer. 63 percent of mice affected did not develop cancer at all, meaning that red wine can affect the reduction of lung cancer in a positive way.
As explained in a press release issued by the university, this study could very well work on humans. That's because of a chemical compound found in red wine known as resveratrol, found in the grape's seeds and skin. When someone ingests resveratrol, it does benefit your digestion, but can't reach the lungs. So by sniffing it instead, your resveratrol concentration will be 22 times higher than if you didn't do this.
This is definitely a big discovery for winos to sit back and rejoice about. But there may be more to come at some point. The same Swiss research team from Geneva have admitted that they're currently in the process of working on finding some sort of biomarker that could help identify who's eligible for treatment with resveratrol. Furthermore, because this chemical compound is a popular molecule in many food supplements, there wouldn't be the need for more toxicological study before it went to commercialization. In other words, because pharmaceutical companies aren't interested in the economic factor of resveratrol, the research team is free to study and use it as much as they please.
As for wine lovers, they're more than likely excited to see that red wine is even more beneficial to their health than they initially thought. Just a warning, though- you aren't supposed to snort wine, you can only sniff it. That is when you're not too busy drinking it.