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Published:  23 July, 2008

White wine has been found to have powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, according to research carried out by a German-Italian team. The German Wine Information Service (GWIS) claims the research found that moderate consumption of white wine provides protection against cancer, osteoporosis and arthritis. Although red wine has long been known to contain beneficial antioxidants, the new research identified that it's not necessarily the quantity of these elements that counts, but the particular type of antioxidants contained in the polyphenols. White wines contain levels of tyrosol and caffeic acid, both of which have significant effects on oxidative stress and inflammatory reactions, even at low levels. The German research centre at Geisenheim, the University of Hohenheim, Professor Bertelli of the University of Milan and Professor Ronca of the University of Pisa unveiled their findings at a recent conference in Verona, which examined three Italian and four German white wines. Further benefits of moderate wine consumption are currently being investigated, including its effects on the brain. Professor Pppel and his team at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich have found that brain function improves with moderate wine consumption, due to increased blood circulation and improved oxygen supply. Meanwhile, research by Professor Lehr from the Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz is looking at changes in blood pressure and blood vessels caused by wine consumption. All are set to produce interesting results in the future, reports GWIS.