How Drinking a Glass of Red Wine Contributes to Good Health
Your daily glass of red wine actually has numerous benefits. Scientific research proves imbibing in a little vino can be a great addition to your healthy habits. When consumed in moderation, red wine can fight cancer, protect your heart, reduce the risk of stroke, and even improve brain function!
Many of us love to sit down with a glass of red wine at the end of the day to de-stress. Stress wreaks major havoc on our health, so it’s extremely important to find ways to relax and unwind each day.
Wine has actually been considered medicine as far back as 3000 B.C. in ancient Egypt. Archeologists have found jars in ancient Egyptian tombs with residues of wine, balm, coriander, sage and mint, which suggests wine was mixed with herbs and ingested to treat ailments such as stomach problems.
Red wine contains several antioxidants, which are linked to reduced rates of heart disease and cancer. Scientists have found that the darker the red wine, the higher the antioxidant content (i.e. a nice cabernet sauvignon).
Let’s learn about the two common antioxidants found in your favorite glass of vino:
Resveratrol is a phytoalexin, a protective antibiotic synthesized by plants to fight infection. The antioxidant resveratrol has proven to protect against cell damage and can actually help keep your mind sharp throughout the years. It is also beneficial for your heart, helping to reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attack.
Resveratrol also improves blood flow by helping to remove chemicals that create blood clots. For example, a glass of red wine a day is proven to cut blood clot-related stroke rates in half. Research has proven that people who consume red wine will have a lower mortality rate than beer or vodka drinkers. Resveratrol is also linked to longevity by protecting against the development of chronic diseases.
Another active antioxidant in red wine is quercetin. Quercetin is a naturally occurring phenol (a molecule that acts as a preservative) in grape skins and stems that protect grapes against ultraviolet light damage. In general, the more grapes are exposed to direct sunlight, the more quercetin they contain.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, this antioxidant has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells from breasts, colon, prostate, and ovaries, and it even hinders tumor growth. One of the biggest benefits of quercetin is its association with lower lung cancer risk.
Quercetin also helps soak up many damaging free radicals that play a role in aging and age-related diseases. Studies show that quercetin reduces blood pressure in people who have hypertension.
It’s recommended you choose a red wine with grape varieties that have medium to high levels of antioxidants, such as merlot, zinfandel, syrah and petit syrah. Also, wines from regions with milder climates – Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Napa Valley – may have higher antioxidant levels than wines from hotter climates such as Languedoc and southern Italy.
No matter your choice in red wine, the key is to drink in moderation and aim to choose organic wines with little to no sulfites (as these tend to create morning headaches in some people). Drink to your health!
Did you know about the healing properties you can find in your wine? Were you as excited as we were? If you drink red wine for these healing properties, please share your favorite benefit!