Aug 16, 2013
By Andy Johnson
Good news for Zoomers who enjoy a glass of wine. It is no secret that a certain group of chemical compounds in a given glass of red wine is believed to have health benefits. Researchers in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley now say that group is bigger than expected. A team of chemists from the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus and the University of Adelaide’s school of agriculture, food and wine, were on what they call a “fishing” expedition to better chart red wine’s molecular profile, when they found 23 previously-undetected molecules. The molecules are called stilbenoid compounds; 18 of which have previously been found in red wine, and several of which are believed to help prevent aging-related ailments in people. The team said it was surprised to find not just the 18 previously known stilbenoids, but 41 in all. The discovery could lead to medical breakthroughs and perhaps more conclusive benefits of drinking wine in moderation.