Health Benefits of Wine
Wine has been well-known for its health benefits pretty much from its very beginnings in ancient Greece. Hippocrates was one of the first proponents of the notion that wine played a significant part in a healthy diet. It was used for various purposes, from disinfecting wounds to treating symptoms of diarrhea and lethargy, even to alleviate pain during childbirth. Wine has come a long way since then, and many modern medical studies have been made which proved that the ancient Greeks were right. Here are some of the benefits you can reap if you choose to include wine in your diet.
Before we delve deeper into the subject, one thing should be clear. It’s important to make a distinction between healthy consumption of wine and overdrinking. There are many different factors at play in determining the ideal individual person’s needs like sex, body size, weight and general health condition, but a general recommendation is to drink no more than one or two glasses a day. With that in mind, let’s proceed in listing some the benefits.
In a recent study at Harvard Medical School, researchers came to a conclusion that an active compound in wine known as resveratrol, has numerous beneficial effects, one of which includes reduced aging. According to David Sinclair, who headed the research, mice on a high-fat diet who were given resveratrol had an increased life span due to their overall improved health benefits, stemming from the influence of resveratrol.
Moderate consumption of wine can have a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels. Low-density lipoprotein, also known as the “bad” cholesterol, which tends to block the arteries is balanced out with the “good” cholesterol, or HDL. Blood clots can be very dangerous and often lead to heart attacks. Anticoagulant properties of wine help in preventing blood clots from occurring and therefore keep you healthier. However, it’s very important to note that long-term overdrinking can have an adverse effect and increase the risk of heart attacks. Moderation is key!
Reduced Brest Cancer Risk
While frequent consumption of alcohol can increase the risk of cancer, red wine is known to have an opposite effect. The chemicals found in skins and seeds of red grapes raise testosterone levels while lowering estrogen levels in women who are in a phase just before menopause – which ultimately leads to a lower risk of breast cancer. And it’s not only wine, the raw grapes are also recommended for that purpose too.
Up until recently there was a popular misconception that red wine is more healthier. White wines like Semillon Sauvignon Blanc are equally healthy when it comes to heart benefits. Tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol found in white wine have similar beneficial effects like resveratrol in red wine, helping maintain proper hearth function and prevent artery blockage. It is also said that antioxidant composition in white wine is similar to what can be found in olive oil.
Red or white, wine has been proved a mighty weapon in helping you maintain and improve various health conditions. It is probably one of the most well-known drinks in history and will surely remain in that position for a long time to come. Start improving your health with a daily glass of wine but make sure you never overdo it and you will be fine.