PORTLAND -- A new study by Oregon State University said chemicals in red wine and blueberries may boost your body’s immune system.
Research published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, looked at the impact of 446 different chemicals on the human immune system. OSU researchers discovered that two compounds, resveratrol found in red grapes and pterostilbene found in blueberries, when combined with Vitamin D, can boost the body’s ability to fight illness.
Researchers have long believed resveratrol might have health benefits including reducing the chance of heart disease and prolonging life. But conclusive evidence has been scant, according to a 2011 scientific review by the University of Florida.
However, the two compounds are used by plants to fight infection. In humans, the compounds appear to boost vitamin D’s ability to do its job, the OSU study said.
Study leader Dr. Adrian Gombart told the British newspaper The Telegraph that "Out of a study of hundreds of compounds, just these two popped right out. Their synergy with vitamin D… was significant and intriguing."
The Telegraph also stated the investigation was still in early stages and it was too soon to tell if simply drinking red wine and eating blueberries could improve one’s health.