I have to admit that I am hooked on my red wine at night and wanted to share with you:
Harnessing the scientifically proven power of red wine to slow down aging. The secret isn’t just in the lower stress you’ll feel… it’s all due to one very POWERFUL antioxidant that destroys the free-radicals roaming your body. Drink up and enjoy this anti-aging super-drink!
The Health Benefits of Drinking Red Wine
Drinking red wine while celebrating is a tradition that can offer certain health benefits—when done in moderation, of course. Since too much alcohol can lead to serious health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, alcoholism, breast cancer, liver damage, suicide, accidents, cardiomyopathy (a weak heart muscle), cardiac arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat), and sudden cardiac death, moderation is key. If you are pregnant, it is very important and crucial to your baby NOT to drink alcohol because it can also cause fetal alcohol syndrome and birth defects. If you regularly drink alcohol while taking aspirin, there is also an increased risk for stomach problems, such as stomach bleeding. However, many studies indicate that sipping on red wine in small amounts has been associated with better cardiovascular health. For instance, one meta-analysis in Circulation found that, after reviewing 13 studies that included over 209,000 participants, red wine reduced the risk of atherosclerotic disease (such as heart attack and stroke) by 32%, compared with beer, which lowered the risk by 22%.
Researchers say this may be due to antioxidants called flavanoids that are found in red wine, as well as a polyphenol called resveratrol. These substances may help by raising HDL “good” cholesterol, lowering LDL “bad” cholesterol, preventing damage to blood vessels, and reducing clotting.
Researchers have also found that resveratrol helps regulate stress response and DNA repair, and aging. This triggered other genes which help you live longer, and a gene that helps suppress tumors.
In fact, red wine in moderation is often considered part of a healthy Mediterranean Diet, along with fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, fish, olive oil, cheese, yogurt, eggs, and a minimal amount of meat and processed foods. Just look at all those healthy Southern Europeans, like the Greeks and Italians: They must be doing something right!
So you don’t have to feel guilty if you indulge in a glass of Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon this season. And if alcohol isn’t your thing, snack on red grapes or guzzle some red grape juice, because those non-alcoholic goodies also contain good-for-you flavanoids and resveratrol.
Why Red Wine?
The benefits of red wine (in moderation) for health have been known for ages. In an effort to understand the ‘French Paradox’ (why French people can indulge in fatty foods but not develop heart disease) red wine came into focus in 1991 on an episode of ’60 Minutes’. Since then, scientists have been feeding components of red wine to mice and other animals in an attempt to understand the full health benefits. Here’s what we know so far:
Flavanoids and Antioxidants:
Red wine is high in flavonoids (a type of polyphenol), which are antioxidants. One of the most studied antioxidants is resveratrol, which comes from grape skins and seeds. Antioxidants help prevent certain molecules, known as free radicals, from damaging cells.
Does red wine prevent cancer? Resveratrol helps prevent cancer by limiting tumor growth.
How much should I drink? To receive the benefits of red wine, it must be drunk in moderation (1-2 glasses maximum per day) and regularly.
Does the alcohol help? The alcohol in wine may help produce more good cholesterol.
What if I am a yeast cell? Good news: Research in yeast cells has shown that red wine can increase life span by 80%.
But can it cure the common cold? Red wine has also been shown to help prevent the common cold.
Red wine and French fries: Red wine, when consumed with fried foods, may limit the damage caused.
Conclusion: Hundreds of studies show evidence that red wine, in moderation, is good for us. So go ahead and enjoy a glass or two with dinner.