April 27, 2009

Wine vs. Flu

GOOD NEWS!

Resveratrol and quercetin, two chemicals found in red wine, have been shown to inhibit the in vitro and in vivo replication of the influenza A virus.

BAD NEWS!

The oral bioavailability of these chemicals is very low due to the action of your liver. This means that if you ingest resveratrol, it doesn't get where it needs to go and it can't do what you need it to do. The chemicals help along the digestive tract, but that won't do much for your lungs. And your lungs are where the flu has its horrible little party.

What does this mean? It means I plan to get rich over the next month marketing red wine inhalers. Choose from cab sav, pinot noir, zinfandel and blended burgundy varieties. Coming soon: merlot and malbec.

Posted by James at April 27, 2009 3:24 PM
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Comments

OH NOES!!! I have a sore throat. Better not be swine flu.

Posted by: Julie at April 27, 2009 6:05 PM

Hey...why not just dump some red wine into a hookah?

Posted by: Bull at April 27, 2009 8:57 PM

I really like Bull's idea!

Posted by: Kitten Herder at May 7, 2009 10:13 PM

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