Drinking cider may be good for your health, according to research
which suggests the drink is rich in antioxidants.
Scientists at Brewing Research Internationals laboratories in
Surrey have found as many antioxidants in half a pint of cider
as in a glass of red wine. Antioxidants are thought to help stop
cell damage called oxidation, which can contribute to cancer and
degenerative diseases like dementia.
Vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene (vitamin A) are all antioxidants.
Red wine and green tea are among foods rich in these compounds.John
Thatcher, of Sandford in Somerset, Chairman of the National Association
of Cider Makers, said: "I have spent a lifetime making cider,
enjoying a regular glass or two."Now I can enjoy it all the more
knowing it is helping to keep me healthy."
Dr Caroline Walker, a scientist at Brewing Research International,
said: "For those who enjoy a glass of cider it is reassuring to
know it may be healthy too. "But it is important that no-one drinks
more than the recommended daily intake of alcohol.
A further study has been carried out on the absorption of polyphenols
in cider into the blood stream by M. Susan DuPont, Richard N.
Bennett, Fred A. Mellon and Gary Williamson of the Institute of
Food Research, Norwich in the UK (Journal of. Nutrition. 2002
132: 172-175. The researchers found that the antioxidants in cider
are readily absorbed into the blood stream.Their data shows that
polyphenols are taken up from cider, that phloretin is excreted
in the urine and suggest that low doses of quercetin are extensively
methylated in humans.