Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Wine Helps Us Relax

A study conducted by Iriti Marcello at the University of Milan has discovered the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin in several varieties of red-wine grapes. While it’s hardly news that uncorking a bottle of red is a great way to unwind, it may be more than just the alcohol that mellows the mind.

Melatonin made a big splash as a supplement in health-food stores a few years back when Newsweek called it “the all-natural nightcap” and research suggested it could do everything from slow the aging process to protect the immune system. Melatonin, which is released by a tiny gland in the brain and triggered by darkness, definitely helps to set the body clock or circadian rhythm. So curl up and relax with your favourite red!

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