French Paradox

Dr. Curtis Ellison, an epidemiologist in the department of medicine at Boston University, was fascinated by the paradox of the French, whose diet is high in fat and cholesterol and yet the heart disease rate is lower than that of the United States population. His research has looked into the amounts and patterns of wine consumption in France and has found a possitive correlation between these and the French's health.

According to other studies, it is wine that affects the platelets, the smallest of the blood cells. The platelets cause blood to clot and prevent bleeding. But they also cling to rough, fatty deposits on the artery walls, clogging and finally blocking the artery and causing a heart attack. The wine has a flushing effect. It removes platelets from the artery wall. So the answer and explanation to the paradox, may lie in an inviting glass of wine !

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