You may already know that red wine gets you feeling fine, but did you know it also has many potential health benefits that, with use in moderation, can give you more than a buzz?
For centuries red wine has played a medicinal role in what has been for years contemplated as fact, fiction, or a mixture of both. Conditions from lethargy to the treating of wounds were amongst red wine methodology in the health aid realm. Dating all the way back to 2200 BC, wine was even documented as being used to ease childbirth and aid digestion.
Today, we know red wine as a pairing to pasta, stomping during “crush” and that the varietals, flavors and production aspects of red wine provide a range of interest for novice and connoisseur alike. Likewise, the health aspects of red wine remain a hot topic. Here are a few reasons why red wine in moderation may be of a health benefit in addition to a relaxing or invigorating pastime:
A compound called Resveratrol, found in the skins of grapes is more prevalent in red wine than white due to the soaking process involved in making red wine. While under much debate, the pro list says that Resveratrol lowers blood sugar and enhances cardiovascular health. There are also scientific studies showing that Resveratrol extends the lifespan of worms and fruit flies. Consuming red wine may also lower one’s risk of heart disease and even remove the threat of death due to heart related incidents.
Antioxidants are the most popular of known benefits in red wine. Various studies conducted by entities like Kaiser Permanente, Yale School of Health and records in medical journal of Gastroenterology note signs in a decreased risk of certain types of cancer when red wine is used in moderation.
Increased bone mineral density is another example of what is said to be a positive effect of red wine consumption in moderation, while alcoholism has the opposite effect.
Current studies are evaluating red wine’s role in brain function. While overuse of alcohol is known to inhibit brain function and activity, the use of red wine in small amounts is being researched as reducing the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. While the exact reasons are unknown as to red wine’s exact role, it may be that the link is cholesterol. Drinking in moderation is said result in “good” cholesterol and thereby preventing blood platelets from sticking to one another. An additional school of thought is the release of a chemical called acetylcholine caused by alcohol may promote or impact memory and brain functionality. Cheers to that!