The health benefits of drinking wine

Health Benefits of Wine

1. Wine has been included in the federal government's dietary guidelines since 1995.

2. Moderate wine consumption has been shown to decrease cardiovascular events in diabetics.

3. Moderate wine consumption decreases the risk of heart disease and thromboembolic stroke.

4. Wine headaches are NOT caused by sulfites.

5. Resveratrol is a phytoestrogen found in wine that may have anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-thromoblic effects in humans that are beneficial in fighting various diseases.

Doctors featured in this segment:

  • Dr. Leah Millheiser/Instructor, Stanford University
  • Dr. Mary Jacobson/OB/GYN
  • Dr. Lynn Gretkowsky/The Wine Doctor

    About the Wine Doctors:

    Wine Doctors Mission Statement: Physicians promoting the understanding of the impact of wine on health by filtering out the science from the MOG.

    Mary Jacobson, MD
    Dr. Jacobson left a career on Wall Street to become a physician. She received her MD and MSc degrees from Georgetown University in 1995 and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University in 1999. Dr. Jacobson then completed a one-year minimally invasive surgery fellowship with Dr. Camran Nezhat from July 1999 - June 2000. Currently, she is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Associate Residency Program Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford. Dr. Jacobson was introduced to Cold Duck in childhood during family Christmas parties then to Riunite in her more deviant teenage years. In 1986, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and acquired a taste for wine. It was not until 2002 that she learned from Dr. Gretkowski what a varietal was. This slowly evolving interest exponentially multiplied into a passion. Dr. Jacobson has taken several wine courses offered through UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology and the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone in St. Helena. She is a member of the Society of Wine Educators and is studying to be a Certified Wine Educator. She is co-founder and Chief Business Officer of WineDoctors, LLC.

    Lynn Gretkowski, MD
    Having received her undergraduate and medical degrees at Princeton and UMDNJ and trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University, Dr. Gretkowski began her interest in wine almost two decades ago. As the food and wine manager at Tower Club, her eating club at Princeton, she organized events for classmates and alumni (when the legal drinking age was still 18). As Chef de Restaurant at villages in the Caribbean, she began dabbling in French wines when she worked and windsurfed at Club Med. She went on to receive her formal wine education through the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone in St. Helena, California and the Society of Wine Educators. Currently, Dr. Gretkowski practices obstetrics and gynecology in Mountainview, California and is an Adjunct Clinical Faculty member at Stanford University. She is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of WineDoctors, LLC and is sitting for accreditation as a Certified Wine Educator. Her mantra is "it is better to know what wines you like rather than know the wines you are supposed to like."


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