Red wine may protect vision

Studies show that red wine can cut your risk of macular degeneration in half!  It appears that the protective factor is resveratrol, which is found in the skin of red grapes. Resveratrol is naturally produced by some plants as a defence against bacterial and fungal pathogens.

Experimental studies have also shown that resveratrol decreases the incidence of skin cancer and tumours of the oesophagus and colon. It’s also been shown to reduce the formation of plaques in Alzheimer’s disease, and protects against coronary heart disease and the progression of inflammatory arthritis.

The regular consumption of red wine might explain why the French suffer a much lower incidence of coronary heart disease compared with other populations who have a similarly fatty diet.

Bilberries and blueberries may be similarly helpful.