Wine 101: What are the Benefits of Drinking Red Wine?
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You may probably already heard that regular consumption of red wine has numerous benefits for the health. But do you know what these benefits are and why red wine is considered so advantageous?
For starters, according to studies published in The Journal of Nutrition, red wine has beneficial effects on heart health and diabetes management. Moderate wine consumption can even help to fight obesity and diseases that negatively affect the nervous system.
But before we further discuss the benefits, let’s first clarify what an appropriate moderate wine consumption actually mean. In general, moderate consumption equates to a glass or 5 ounces of wine per serving (per day) for women, while for men, 2 glasses would be considered moderate.
With that, here some more insights on the great benefits of drinking red wine:
It lowers cholesterol
Red wine is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols that help in increasing levels of ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL), prevents the build-up of ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) and improving the body’s blood flow. Red wine increases omega 3 fatty acids levels in plasma and red blood cells which act as a shield against coronary heart disease and sudden death due to cardiac-related issues.
If you are watching your cholesterol levels but would like to still enjoy alcoholic beverages, apart from red wine, you can also try some varieties of beer like the Grolsch beer which is also low on cholesterol and contains low calories.
It is good for your heart
Moderate consumption of red wine also activates a protein called sirtuin-1 that protects the heart from inflammation.
Additionally, red wine contains a polyphenol called tannins that make wine taste dry, neutralizes free radicals that are very effective in preventing cardiovascular disease. It also contains resveratrol, also a polyphenol, which reduces blood clots and protects the linings of the blood vessels.
It helps to slow down effects of aging
A glass or two of red wine is an anti-aging ‘weapon’. Red wine has major concentrations of antioxidants including flavonoids, resveratrol, and tannin that absorbs free radicals that results in negative effects of aging.
Red wine has a higher content of resveratrol, a beneficial polyphenol, in comparison to than grape juice or white because, in red wine, the skin and seeds are part of the fermenting process, but both undergo removal when making grape juice. A high amount of antioxidants increases collagen fiber and improves skin elasticity. The polyphenol in red wine also can balance your skin tone and gives you a flawless natural glow.
It reduces the risk of breast cancer
Looking for a way to reduce the risk of breast cancer? High estrogen levels cause breast cancer because they stimulate the growth of cancer cells. Red wine consists of the AIs (aromatase inhibitors) that lowers estrogen levels and boost testosterone among premenopausal women.
Based on a report published in the Journal of Women's Health, regular (moderate) consumption of red wine has been proven effective in reducing the risk of breast cancer. So the next time your friends invite you to a wine tasting, be sure to join them!
It prevents obesity
According to a study in 2015 conducted by Washington State University, drinking red wine can actually help you shed unwanted pounds. Red wine’s resveratrol content has fat burning properties. This catalyst turns white fat into beige fat (easily burnt fat).
Red wine is also anti-inflammatory in nature which aids in weight loss by intensifying the oxidation of dietary fats. The conversion of bad fat into heat prevents metabolic disorders like jaundice, seizures, lethargy, and the likelihood of obesity.
It protects the skin from sunburn
In general, grapes contain flavonoids that can prevent us from experiencing the negative effects of the sun rays.
Red wine contains flavonols that reduce the harmful effects of UV rays on our skin. Hence, drinking red wine prevents skin cancer by blocking the formation of ROD (reactive oxygen species) and protects you from sun’s radiation. As the flavonoids protect skin cells from being damaged by UV rays, it can give you a more lasting youthful looking skin.
It Maintains Liver Health
Studies suggest that red wine consumption in moderation reduces the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The antioxidants in red wine reduce the damage to DNA in liver cells. While the risk of this disease increases four times with the consumption of other (hard) liquor or beer.
Other than the above-mentioned health benefits, red wine is also great to be used in cooking. Adding it as a cooking ingredient or a flavoring agent enhances the flavor and aroma of food. Therefore, do yourself a favor by including wine with your meal. If you are searching for the best red wine varieties, then do not forget to try the semi-sweet red wine called Stella Rosa.
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