15 Dec 2008

'Healthiest' wine cleans bloods vessels

8:51 pm on 15 December 2008

An Australian doctor says he has created the world's healthiest wine, which cleans blood vessels and reduces the risk of heart attack as it is drunk.

Philip Norrie says each bottle contains up to 100 times the usual amount of resveratrol, a naturally occurring anti-oxidant found in grapes.

Dr Norrie says resveratrol helps to maintain blood flow by keeping arteries free of fatty deposits called atherosclerotic plaque.

A wine containing high levels of the anti-oxidant would act as a "vascular pipe-cleaner".

Dr Norrie says he is producing a chardonnay and a shiraz with the high-content resveratrol.