Joel Vincent

Technology. Wine. Family. (maybe not in that order)

I’ll take the Red Wine Inhalor…

Certainly sounds odd but researchers at Imperial College London, England, have confirmed broad anti-inflammatory action of resveratrol, the polyphenolic compound found in red wine. They found that potentially resveratrol could be used to fight chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and possible even arthritis. The research paper published by lead researcher Louise Donnelly et al. in the American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, notes: “Our study is novel as it examines the anti-inflammatory mechanism(s) of resveratrol in cells relevant to human disease and explores all of the proposed mechanisms in a single study.”

Donnelly warned that the study looked at over-the-counter resveratrol and found that “its not very pure and probably not worth taking” for the asthma or COPD. It dissolves only in certain liquids, including alcohol, and is “cleared very rapidly in the liver”, which would make the store bought resveratrol ineffective as a treatment for asthma or COPD. Developing an aerosol version “probably would be a better option,” added Donnelly.

Inhaling Red Wine anyone? A whole new take on Enjoying the Wine Life perhaps?


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