The Health Benefits of Red Wine





What with January being the month of the health fix, we thought we would throw caution to the wind with our latest article: rethink that “Dry January” and drink in moderation instead. You’re much more likely to succeed if you don’t cut out your favourite things entirely, and plus, some scientists believe wine in moderation has health benefits, you may not need to cut it out...
 
 
Red Wine allegedly lowers your cholesterol
 
High in fibre Tempranillo grapes (most commonly found in Rioja) are said to be the best at helping reduce that “bad” cholesterol.
 
 
Red wine is potentially good for your heart
 
Antioxidants, such as flavonoids or a substance called resveratrol found in red wine, have heart-healthy benefits according to some scientists. 
 
American researchers have found that the resveratrol and polyphenols in red wine can help to reduce the development of type two diabetes and strokes, as well as prevent blood clots.
 
Resveratrol protects your heart and arteries against the effects of saturated fat in your diet, so drinking one or two glasses of red wine a day is believed to help prevent cardiovascular disease.
 
 
New research suggests that red wine could prevent tooth decay.
 
Spanish scientists dipped cultures of bacteria responsible for dental diseases into various liquids, and found that red wine was the most effective at removing the bacteria. The polyphenols in red wine can also prevent gum disease, and even help to treat it by reducing gum inflammation.
 
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Wine in moderation may reduce depression
 
A Spanish study carried out by the University of Navarra, which was published in the BMC Medicine journal, has found that drinking up to 15g of wine a day can reduce the risk of developing depression. The study found that those who drank two to seven glasses a week were about a third less likely to develop depression than non-drinkers.
 
 
It may improves your balance
 
Despite a tendency to stumble in the short term after excess consumption of red wine, experimentation on laboratory mice has shown that a diet rich in resveratrol – one of the antioxidants found in red wine – improved older mice’s balance over time.
 
 
You could live longer
 
A wine with a high concentration of tannins will help combat the ageing of cells. As well as resveratrol, red wine contains a number of other antioxidants, which can help slow the signs of aging and prevent a number of degenerative illnesses like type two diabetes.
 
 
It assist in the prevention of colon cancer
 
Scientists from the University of Leicester have also reported at the 2nd International Scientific Conference on Resveratrol and Health that regular, moderate red wine consumption can reduce the rate of bowel tumours by around 50%.

Research is even underway at the University of Leicester to see whether resveratrol could be developed into a cancer-preventing drug.
 
Granted, scientists all over the world appear to trying to disprove each other, but they just be on to something...
 
 
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Written by: Lucy Prosser

Lucy Prosser 

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