A patient was told by her gynecologist to drink 4 oz. of red wine to prevent menstrual cramps. Is there any evidence to support this? — Terrie Estes, MSN, ANP, Colleyville, Tex.
Red wine is known to contain high levels of the potent antioxidant resveratrol. This polyphenol, combined with the wine’s alcohol content, exerts smooth-muscle relaxation and prostaglandin-inhibitory actions on the system that might logically mitigate dysmenorrhea. — Sherril Sego, FNP-C, DNP (178-3)
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