13 Aug Wine 101 Wednesday – August 13, 2014: What Are The Benefits of Drinking Wine In Moderation?
This Week In Wine 101: The Health Benefits of Drinking Wine In Moderation
I keep hearing there are benefits to drinking wine in moderation, so what’s the real story? We’ve all heard that wine contains properties that are beneficial to our health, and when enjoyed (drunk) in moderation it can help us lead a long and healthy life. But what’s the real story? Are the health benefits different for certain types of wine – red vs. white, sparkling vs. rose, white vs. rose, vice versa, etc.?
Frankly, the evidence confirmed by medical professionals and academic studies have shown that red wine offers the most benefits to our health due to the high amounts of antioxidants it contains, also known as polyphenols along with Resveratrol found in the skin of red grapes. The consumption of course depends on the age, sex, size and general state of a person’s health, and whether or not they are consuming the wine with a meal or on an empty stomach. However, due to the fact that woman absorb alcohol at a much faster rate than men, it is recommended that women drink a glass of red wine, whereas, the recommended amount for men is two glasses.
In fact, drinking a glass or two of red wine a day helps to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cataracts, colon, breast and prostate cancer, along with heart attacks, liver disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. But that’s not all; red wine helps support healthy blood vessels, and rids our body of oxidative stress and free radicals. Certain habits such as, sunbathing, smoking, over consumption of alcohol and pollution can increase the production of free radicals within our body. Plus, studies have shown that red wine has anti-aging properties that help slow down the aging process that is visibly seen in our skin (WRINKLES) and helps to promote a healthy glow.
Does this mean that white wines aren’t as good for us? On the contrary, white wines also contain antioxidants and Resveratrol though on a much lower level compared to red wine. Evidently, Dutch scientists announced in a study that white wine is good for supporting lung function. Another study conducted by European researchers found that individuals who regularly consumed moderate amounts of red wine had higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids. Now before you say, “Huh?” or “Really?” It is true! We tend to relate Omega-3 fatty acids with certain types of seafood because as we know they are predominantly found in fish. If you weren’t aware, Omega-3 fatty acids help protect our body from coronary heart disease. Furthermore, other studies have shown that drinking red wine reduces the risk of depression, reduces the risk of osteoporosis, ensures your cardiovascular system is tip top, and offers a testosterone boost.
Looking for red wines to include into your collection? Try these varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Malbec, Syrah/Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and red blends. If you are not a big drinker and are curious about which foods have nutritional benefits to your health, consider adding the following foods to your diet: pomegranates, blueberries, raspberries, bilberries, dark chocolate, walnuts, peanuts and green tea. You can obtain the same benefits from these foods as you can from consuming a glass of red wine or several glasses of wine per week.
In conclusion, hopefully after reading this article you’ll feel a little better about drinking a glass of wine per day or several throughout your week. It is important to remember that over consumption of wine can result in numerous health problems – so keep it real and low key and enjoy your glass of wine with a nice meal. Wine and food bring out the best in each other. Especially when certain cuisines are combined with varietals that are indigenous to a specific wine region. To life and healthy living! Cheers!