5 Health Benefits of Red Wine

Just in case you needed five additional reasons to sip your glass of cheer with more confidence; we have here, our 5 health benefits of red wine with facts to-boot!

 

A nightly staple, a weekend treat, a “company is coming for dinner” table-gracer; whatever your reason is to enjoy, go on, gulp with glee, because red wine has some fantastic health benefits you may have never known.

 

Side note: don’t shake your finger to blame this blog for your increase in wine drinking…Kapeesh? Or do…maybe, just maybe you’ll thank us.

Health Benefits of Red Wine

 

Cancer Preventative

The C word is probably one of the world’s most dreaded and scary words. There is no known cure, but there are ways to prevent it and keep the body healthy. One way…have a glass of red wine.

 

Huh? Wine to cut cancer?

 

Resveratrol is the golden goddess here. Resveratrol is a chemical compound found within the skins of grapes and red wine. It’s also found in blueberries, peanuts and other berries.

Resveratrol as a Cancer Preventative
Resveratrol as a Cancer Preventative

In over 50% of cancer tumors, mutated protein called p53 are present and resveratrol stops muted p53 proteins from aggregating! This dubbed “guardian of the genome” kills off cancer cells and preserves healthy ones.

 

Goodbye Cavities

Red wine is shown to aid in the prevention of tooth cavities, so smile, and pour another.

 

Even though reds can stain your teeth, fear not, according to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry it’s alright to enjoy a glass a night.

 

Red wine contains polyphenol which is a micronutrient that battles bad bacteria that causes plaque, cavities and gum disease.

 

Of course, this doesn’t mean swapping your H20 for red wine. Modest enjoyment is beneficial, overboard binging brings on a host of other health issues.

 

Heart Health

Red wine and heart health
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Antioxidants are prevalent in dark red berries such as blueberries, cranberries, cherries, grapes and more.

 

Resveratrol (you read about this compound earlier in the blog) as well as moderate amounts of alcohol are known to help prevent coronary artery disease.

 

It’s said that the benefit is due to the antioxidants raising “good” cholesterol, ultimately protecting against a buildup which could lead to heart attacks.

 

Immune System Boost!

Bing-Bang-Boom! We all want and need that good ol’ immune system boost. Could it be that a glass of red wine encompasses just that?

 

One glass of red wine a day has been said to improve immune system functions.

 

How?

Well, it’s actually the alcohol in the wine that is the prized benefit here.

 

Moderate alcohol consumption has protective qualities in which ethanol boosts the effectiveness of vaccinations too. These findings were put to test in “Monkey Study Suggests Alcohol Can Help Immune System.”

 

Anti-Depressant

Red wine as an anti-depressant
Red Wine as an Anti-Depressant

The compound that is a reoccurring trend in this article is that of resveratrol, which is linked to aiding in combating anxiety and depression.

 

Interesting as it is, resveratrol impacts humans neurologically by inhibiting an enzyme (PDE4) which causes stress and depression in the brain.

 

Ying Xu, MD, Ph.D. states: “Resveratrol may be an effective alternative to drugs for treating patients suffering from depression and anxiety disorders.” Read more Xu’s study on resveratrol’s antidepressant and anxiolytic-like effects.

 

Now, we aren’t saying to drink your sorrows away with red wine and you’ll be magically cured; what we do assert are the studies behind moderate consumption of red wine and their properties’ health bene’s. So go on and drink with pride, because you are in fact doing your body justice.

 

Looking for some red wine? Find the difference between Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in one of our other blogs to help kickstart your nightly glass of red just how you like it.

 

 

 

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