French researchers at Inserm national research institute in Angers say they have now found the molecular mechanism that links known benefits, in reducing cardiovascular risk, of the polyphenols found in wine and naturally-occurring estrogen in pre-menopause women.
A Massachusetts-based drug company, Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, has found that a reformulated version of resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, improved the body's ability to break down sugar - and prevented mice from becoming obese.
A salesperson replenishes stocks of French cheese "Mimolette" at Tokyo's Takashimaya department store September 3, 2005. The health-conscious often shun whole milk but a new study suggests that adults who favor full-fat dairy gain less weight over time.
"They don't diet and they don't spend hours panting round the gym. So how can French women put away
as much ice-cream, rich pastries and steak frites as they want and yet stay so slim? Mimi Spencer gets her teeth into the
'French paradox', which has baffled the world's best scientific brains for a decade."