Red wine has well known health benefits. Yes, you read it right, there are benefits of drinking red wine. I admit I enjoy an occasional glass of red wine. It took me sometime to get use to its taste, since I prefer a good buttery Chardonnay, but unfortunately the antioxidants and all the health benefits belong to the oldest alcoholic beverage on earth – red wine. It would be redundant to tell some of the European countries of the red wine benefits since they’ve produced and consumed red wine throughout centuries knowing of its health benefits.
The problem here lies in America and its medical communities’ rejection of red wine as a source of good. The paradox is that the best wine in the world is produced here in California. Granted, if somebody struggles with alcohol dependance, then such people shouldn’t consume wine period. Heavy drinking of alcohol brings health-related troubles instead of benefits. Recent research suggests that a glass of red wine each day may provide you with more benefits than just social relaxation.
Top Health Benefits of Red Wine
- Researchers from Sirtris Pharmaceuticals announced that a derivative of an ingredient in red wine may help reverse the signs of aging! The ingredient in question is resveratrol, a naturally occurring substance in wine that stimulates a gene known as SIRT1. In previous studies, the SIRT1 gene has been found to increase the lifespan of rodents, but the new study is the first time similar effects have been replicated in humans.
- Resveratrol in red wine is a powerful antioxidant, which means it also has anti-aging and cancer preventative properties.
- New Cholesterol Fighter Found In Red Wine. Scientists at the University of California, Davis, have identified another group of chemicals in red wine that is linked to the ability to lower cholesterol. Called saponins, these glucose-based plant compounds are being found in an increasing number of foods. This is the first time they’ve been found in wine
- Red Wine has been credited for something called the “French Paradox”. The term was coined to describe the observation that the French have low numbers of heart disease cases despite the fact that their diet is relatively high in saturated fat. Antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart. Resveratrol might be a key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces “bad” cholesterol and prevents blood clots.
However, it’s important not to drink more than what’s recommended, otherwise, your health benefits are lost. Here’s what’s considered safe and effective:
Men: No more than two drinks per day.
Women: No more than one drink per day.
Raise your glass!