Wine & Health: Benefits of Drinking Red Wine

What makes wine healthy? Jeff Bost, PAC –a healthcare professional, instructor, author and host of “Living Well” radio segment on WBVP and WMBA– discusses the health benefits of resveratrol found in wine.

Since we have an expert on hand, we also ask Jeff for insight into other lifestyle choices that can increase the quality and span of your life.

Jeff Bost sitting smiling

About Jeff Bost, PAC

Jeffrey W. Bost, PAC, graduated with a BS in 1983 from Allegheny College and received his physician assistant degree in 1985. After working with a cardiology practice from 1985 to 1987 he joined Joseph Maroon, MD, and Tri-State Neurosurgical Associates group at Allegheny General Hospital in June of 1987. In 1999, he and Tri-State moved to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  For 32 years his duties included clinical patient care, surgical assistant, study coordinator and researcher in the Department of Neurosurgery at UPMC. And since 2019 Mr. Bost has worked exclusively as a researcher and writer for neurosurgeon and colleague Dr Joseph Maroon.

He has given over 100 invited lectures, coordinated 16 workshops, 24 national posters and oral presentations.  Topics have included neurosurgical related conditions of the brain and spine, concussion, health and wellness, disease prevention, degenerative diseases of the brain and the use and benefits of dietary and herbal supplements.  Workshops and symposiums have also included the topics of dementia, endocannabinoids, omega-3, fish oil, resveratrol, ketogenic diet, longevity, fall prevention and others.  He has been a coordinator for 29 IRB-approved research projects. His has authored or co-authored 37 refereed articles, 14 book chapters and co-wrote 4 books, including two on omega-3 fish oil.

  • 2021 to present: Host and co-contributor to Living Well weekly radio show on radio stations WBVP and WMBA
  • 2019 to present: Regular monthly contributor to “The Eddie Crow Show” and “Best of Beaver County Show on radio stations WBVP and WMBA
  • 2019 to present: Advisor and Spokesperson to ACTIVZ
  • 2015 to present: Advisor and Spokesperson to St Barnabas Health System – Co Author Faith and Works Quarterly Magazine
  • 2015 to present: Co-Author 55+ Quarterly Magazine
  • 2006 to present: Medical Coordinator and Assistant to the Director to World Wrestling Entertainment Medical Department
  • 11/99 to present:  Department of Neurosurgery, UPMC Researcher and Writer
  • 2005 to present: Member and lecturer for A4M – American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
  • 9/00 to present: Developer, Designer and Webmaster, for Tri-State Neurosurgical Associates –UPMC’s Internet World Wide Web site, (www.josephmaroon.com)


  1. Fish Oil: The Natural Anti-Inflammatory, Joseph Maroon, MD, and Jeff Bost PAC, Basic Health Publications, October 2006
  2. Acknowledged Researcher and Editor for The Longevity Factor: How Resveratrol and Red Wine can Activate Genes for a Longer and Healthier Life, Joseph C. Maroon, MD, Simon and Schuster Publishing Jan 2009
  3. Maroon JC, Kilham C, Bost J: The Science of Cocoa.  Published by ResVitale, Tampa, FL, 2011.
  4. Omega-3 for Optimal Life: Why you Need Fish Oil, Joseph Maroon, MD, and Jeff Bost PAC Lulu Publishing Services, 2016

Book Chapter

  1. Joseph C. Maroon, Jeff Bost, Austin Amos, Robert Winkelman, Christina Mathyssek, Concussion Update: Immunoexcitotoxicity, the Common Etiology of Post-concussion Syndrome, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Smith FW, Dworkin JS (eds): The Craniocervical Syndrome and MRI. Basel, Karger, 2015, pp DOI: 10.1159/000365468
  2. Joseph C. Maroon, MD, Jeff Bost PAC, Mathyssek, C, Should You Allow Your Child to Play Football? Update on Concussion Management, Prevention, and Treatment, Chapter 13, Anti-Aging Therapeutics Vol XVI, Klatz, Goldman, 2014
  3. Maroon, JC, Mathyssek, C, Bost, J, Cerebral Concussion: A Historical Perspective, Progress in Neurological Surgery, 2014, Vol 28, pp 1-13
  4. Joseph C. Maroon, MD, Jeff Bost PAC, Advances in the treatment of movement and balance disorders, depression and obesity with electrical neuro-modulation of the CNS Chapter 9, Anti-Aging Therapeutics Vol XV, Klatz, Goldman, 2013
  5. Blaylock, RL, Petraglia, AL, Maroon, JC, Bost, JW, Approach to Concussion and Associated Neurodegeneration, Encyclopedia of Clinical Anti-aging Medicine & Regenerative Biomedical Technologies, American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine, 2012 pages 239-260
  6. Watt, TJ, Amen, DG, Blaylock, RL, Petraglia, AL, Maroon, JC, Bost, JW, Cebula, C., Non-Pharmacological Interventions, Encyclopedia of Clinical Anti-aging Medicine & Regenerative Biomedical Technologies, American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine, 2012 pages 261-280
  7. Metabolic Treatment of Cancer, Maroon, JC, Jeff Bost, Darren LePere, Jose Puello, Giulio Zuccoli, Thomas Seyfried Matt El Kadi, Anti-Aging Therapeutics Vol XIV, Klatz, Goldman, 2011 pp 119-126
  8. Maroon, JC, Bost J, Concussion Management at the NFL, College, High School and Youth Sports Levels, Chapter 7, Clinical Neurosurgery, Vol. 58, 2011
  9. Maroon, JC., Bost, Jeff, Cancer Prevention with Phytonutrients: Reviewing the Latest Research on Resveratrol, Omega-3, Green Team, Curcumin, Genstein, and Lycopene, Chapter 7, Anti-Aging Therapeutics Vol XIII, Klatz, Goldman, 2010
  10. Maroon, JC., Bost, Jeff, Human Longevity: A New Paradigm, Chapter 22, Anti-Aging Therapeutics Vol XII, Klatz, Goldman, 2010
  11. Smoliga, James, Bost, Jeff, Maroon, JC., Potential Benefits of Resveratrol Supplementation for Optimizing Health and Preventing Chronic Disease, Chapter 46, Anti-Aging Therapeutics Vol XI, Klatz, Goldman, 2009
  12. Joseph C. Maroon, M.D. and Jeff Bost, PAC, Extending Life: The New Science of Aging: How to Activate Longevity Genes and Increase Quality and Length of Life Chapter 33, page 231-233, Anti-Aging Therapeutics, Vol 9, 2007
  13. Neurosurgery and Sports Medicine Technology, Joseph Maroon, MD, Jeff Bost PAC, Chapter 24, page 195-199, Anti-Aging Therapeutics, Vol 8, 2006
  14. Maroon, J.C., Field, M., Lovell, M., Collins, M., Bost, J.B., The Evaluation of Athletes with Cerebral Concussion, Clinical Neurosurgery, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2005

Professional Magazine Contributions

  1. Jan/Feb 2014       Joseph C. Maroon, MD, FACS; Jeff Bost, PAC,  Largest ACDF series in professional athletes provides insight on return-to-play decisions, Spine Surgery Today
  2. Mar/Apr 2014 Joseph C. Maroon, MD, FACS; Jeff Bost, PAC Lumbar facet bone fusion presents alternative method for stable degenerative grade I spondylolisthesis,  Spine Surgery Today


  1. Maroon J, Bost J. Review of the neurological benefits of phytocannabinoids. Surg Neurol Int 2018;9:91.
  2. Zachary J. Tempel, MD, Jeffrey W. Bost, PA-C, Joseph C. Maroon, MD, Professional Contact Sport Athletes with Persistent Cervical Cord MRI T2 Hyperintensity Following Trauma May Safely Return to Play, UPitt Neurosurgery News, Summer 2015, Vol 16, No. 3
  3. Maroon JC, Seyfried TN, Donohue JP, Bost J. The role of metabolic therapy in treating glioblastoma multiforme. Surg Neurol Int 2015;6:61.
  4. Zachary J. Tempel, MD, Jeffrey W. Bost, PA-C, John A. Norwig, M.ed., ATC, Joseph C. Maroon, MD, Significance of T2 Hyperintensity on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Following Cervical Cord Injury and Return to Play in Professional Athletes, Neurosurgery 0:1–8, 2015 DOI: 10.1227/NEU.0000000000000728
  5. Joseph C. Maroon, Robert Winkelman, Jeffrey Bost, Austin Amos, Christina Mathyssek, Vincent Miele,  Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Contact Sports: A Systematic Review of All Reported Pathological Cases,  PLOS ONE | DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0117338 February 11, 2015
  6. Joseph C. Maroon, MD, Christina M. Mathyssek, PhD, Jeffrey W. Bost PAC, et al

Vitamin D Profile in National Football League Players, Am J Sports Med published online February 3, 2015

  1. Joseph C. Maroon, MD, Jeffrey W. Bost, PA-C, Anthony L. Petraglia, MD, Outcomes After Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion in Professional Athletes,  Neurosurgery 0:1–10, 2013
  2. Joseph Maroon, Jeffrey Bost, Austin Amos and Giulio Zuccoli, Restricted Calorie Ketogenic Diet for the Treatment of Glioblastoma Multiforme, J Child Neurol, Special Issue, May 13 2013
  3. Joseph C. Maroon, Jeff W. Bost, Darren B. LePere, Stephanie M. Bost, Louis Williams, Austin S. Amos, Clinical Evaluation of TruFUSE® Lumbar Facet

Fusion System, Surgical Science, 2013, 4, 166-175

  1. Maroon JC, Lepere DB, Blaylock RL, Bost JW, Postconcussion syndrome: a review of pathophysiology and potential nonpharmacological approaches to treatment, Phys Sportsmed. 2012 Nov;40(4):73-87
  1. Maroon, Joseph C, Bost,  Jeffrey, et al, TBI and Neuroinflammation: A Rationale for Treatment, Volume I, No. 4, 2011 Journal of Healthcare, Science and the Humanities, pages 51 – 59, http://nmvaa.org/library/file/NMI/JHSHVol1No4Singles.pdf
  2. Maroon, Joseph C, Bost,  Jeffrey, Concussion Management at the NFL, College, High School and Youth Sport Levels, Clinical Neurosurgery , Volume 58, 2011
  3. Maroon, Joseph C, Bost, Jeffrey W., Maroon, Adara Natural Anti-inflammatory agents for Pain Relief, Surg Neurol Int 2010, 1:80 http://www.surgicalneurologyint.com/content/1/1/80
  4. Evaluation of Lipid Profiles and the Use of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid in Professional Football Players, Yates, A., Maroon, J., Bost, J., et al, Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach 2009 1: 21
  5. Maroon JC, El-Kadi M, Bost J., Pneumatic Kerrison rongeur: technical note. ,Surg Neurol. 2009 Apr;71(4):466-8.
  6. Minimally Invasive Cervical Spine Surgery: Posterior Approach Revisited, Maroon, Bost Neurosurgery News, Summer 2008, Vol 9, No. 3.
  7. Spine injury in sports: Understanding neurapraxia in athletes, Joseph Maroon, MD, Jeff Bost PAC, University of Pittsburgh – Neurosurgical News, Fall 2007, Vol 8, No. 4, page 5.
  8. Degenerative Autostablization of the Lumbar Facet Joint, Adnan Abla, MD, Jeff Bost PAC, Contemporary Neurosurgery, Vol 29, No. 24, Nov. 30, 2007
  9. Not Just For the Heart, Joseph Maroon, Jeff Bost, ADVANCE for Healthy Aging, May/June 2007
  10. Nothing Fishy About Fish Oil, Joseph Maroon, Jeff Bost, Chiropractic Economics, Vol 53:Issue 9, June 8, 2007
  11. Cervical Neurapraxia in Elite Athletes: Evaluation and Surgical Treatment, Joseph Maroon, Jeff Bost, et al., Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, Vol 6, No. 4:356-363, April 2007, Cover Art Selection.
  12. Golfer’s Stroke: golf-induced stroke from vertebral dissection, Joseph Maroon and Jeff Bost, etal, Surgical Neurology, , Vol 67, no.2, Feb 2007,
  13. Natural antiinflammatory agents for pain relief in athletes, JOSEPH C. MAROON, M.D., JEFFREY W. BOST, P.A.-C., MEGHAN K. BORDEN,KEITH M. LORENZ, AND NATHAN A. ROSS, Neurosurg Focus 21(4):E11, 2006
  14. Joseph Charles Maroon, MD, Jeffrey W. Bost, PAC, Omega-3 Fatty acids (fish oil) as an anti-inflammatory: an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for discogenic pain. Surgical Neurology 65 (2006) 326– 331April 2006
  1. Abla, AA; El-Kadi, H.; Bost, J; Maroon, J.C.; Wert, M. and Abla, A.:  Degenerative changes above and below lumbar fusion.  Contemporary Spine Surgery, Vol 7, No. 2, February, 2006.
  1. El-Kadi, M.; Abla, A.A.; Bost, J.; Maroon, J.C.: Complication and avoidance techniques in long-segment anterior cervical fusion:  Part I.  Contemporary Neurosurgery Vol. 28, No. 3, February , 2006
  2. El-Kadi, M.; Abla, A.A.; Bost, J.; Maroon, J.C.: Complication and avoidance techniques in long-segment anterior cervical fusion:  Part II.  Contemporary Neurosurgery Vol. 28, No. 3, February , 2006
  3. Adnan A. Abla, Hikmat El Kadi, M.D., Ph.D., Jeff Bost, PAC, Joseph C. Maroon, M.D., Mike Wert, B.S., and Abir Abla, B.S, Degenerative Changes Above and Below Lumbar Fusion Contemporary Neurosurgery, Vol 27, No. 24, Dec 1, 2005
  4. Adnan A. Abla, Jeff Bost, PAC, Recurrent Lumbar Disc Herniation: Microsurgical Approach. Contemporary Spine Surgery, VOL 6, no.10, OCTOBER 2005
  5. Adnan A. Abla, M.D., Matt El Kadi, M.D., Ph.D., Jeff Bost, PAC, Recurrent Lumbar Disc Herniation: Microsurgical Approach, Contemporary Neurosurgery, Vol 27, No. 15, July 31, 2005
  6. Abla, H. El-Kadi, Jeff Bost, Allograft Composite Cortical and Cancellous Bone Graft for Anterior Cervical Fusion, Contemporary Neurosurgery, Vol 27, No. 8, April 30, 2005
  7. Abla, H. El-Kadi, Jeff Bost, Post-Laminectomy Spondylolisthesis: Surgical Techniques, Contemporary Neurosurgery, Vol 26, No. 24, Dec 1, 2004.
  8. CHRISTOPHER J. KOEBBE, M.D., JOSEPH C. MAROON, M.D., ADNAN ABLA, M.D., HIKMAT EL-KADI, M.D., AND JEFFERY BOST, PAC. Lumbar microdiscectomy: a historical perspective and current technical considerations Neurosurg Focus 13 (2):Article 3, 2002,
  1. Maroon, J.C.; Field, M.; Lovell, M.; Collins, M.; Bost, J.:  The evaluation of athletes with cerebral concussion.  Clin. Neurosurg. 49:319-32, 2002.
  2. Maroon, J.C.; Abla A.A.; Bost, J.: Association between peridural scar and persistent low back pain after lumbar discectomy. Neurological Research 21(1):S43-S46, 1999.
  3. Bost, J., Maroon, J.C., and Abla, A.A.: New Product Review: ADCON-L® for inhibiting postoperative fibrosis. Surgical Physician Assistant, pp. 13-16, May, 1999.
  4. Quigley, M.R., Bost, J., Maroon, J.C., et al: Outcome after microdiscectomy: results of a prospective single institutional study. Neurol., 49(3):263-267, 1998
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