Dietary proanthocyanidins: occurrence, dietary intake, bioavailability, and protection against cardiovascular disease.

@article{Rasmussen2005DietaryPO,
  title={Dietary proanthocyanidins: occurrence, dietary intake, bioavailability, and protection against cardiovascular disease.},
  author={Salka Elb\ol Rasmussen and Hanne Winther Frederiksen and Kirstine Struntze Krogholm and Lea Poulsen},
  journal={Molecular nutrition & food research},
  year={2005},
  volume={49 2},
  pages={159-74}
}
The French have one of the lowest incidences of coronary heart disease in the Western world despite a diet with a relatively high fat content. This phenomenon that has puzzled researchers worldwide for more than a decade is known as the 'French paradox' and has been linked to the high consumption of red wine in France. Red wine is rich in the complex polyphenols, the proanthocyanidins, and these compounds have recently attracted attention as potential cardiac-protective compounds. The present… CONTINUE READING