Centuries ago, Wine was used to treat various health conditions. Medieval monasteries were convinced that their monks lived longer than the rest of the population partly because of their moderate, regular consumption of wine. In recent years, science has indicated that this could be true.
Let discuss the benefit we derive from drinking red wine.
Lower your Cholesterol
High-fiber Tempranillo red grapes—which are used to make certain red wines, like Rioja—may actually have a significant effect on cholesterol levels, according to a study from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain.
Heart health and type-2 diabetes
One study has shown that drinking a glass of red wine with dinner “modestly decreases cardiometabolic risk” in people with type-2 diabetes, and that a moderate intake of red wine is safe.
The scientists believe that the ethanol in wine plays a key role in metabolizing glucose, and that the nonalcoholic ingredients may also contribute. They call for more research to confirm the findings. Anyone with diabetes should check with their doctor before consuming alcohol.
Control Blood sugar
The skin of red grapes—a rich source of red wine’s natural compound resveratrol—may actually help diabetics regulate their blood sugar, finds recent research published in the journal Nutrition.
Healthy blood vessels and blood pressure
In 2006, scientists from the United Kingdom (U.K.) found that procyanidins, compounds commonly found in red wine, help keep the blood vessels healthy. Traditional production methods appear to be most effective in extracting the compounds, leading to higher levels of procyanidins in the wine.
Many people find an alcoholic drink relaxes them, but results published in 2012 indicate that nonalcoholic red wine, too, can reduce blood pressure.
Brain Damage After Stroke
Resveratrol may protect the brain from stroke damage, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Results from tests on mice showed that resveratrol increased levels of heme oxygenase, an enzyme known to protect nerve cells in the brain from damage. When a stroke occurs, the brain is ready to protect itself because of higher enzyme levels.
It remains unclear whether the health benefits are due to the resveratrol itself, or if the alcohol in the wine is needed to concentrate the levels of the compound.
Fight Off a Cold
If you hate getting sick (and who doesn’t?), the antioxidants in red wine may help keep you healthy. A 2010 study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that among 4,000 faculty members at five Spanish universities, those who drank more than 14 weekly glasses of wine for a year were 40% less likely to come down with a common cold. Why? According to the National Institutes of Health, antioxidants are believed to fight infection and protect cells against the effects of free radicals, which may play a role in cancer and other diseases.
Preventing Vision Loss
Resveratrol in red wine may help prevent vision loss caused by out-of-control blood vessel growth in the eye, according to findings published in 2010.
Diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration are leading causes of blindness among people aged 50 years and above. This is due to an overgrowth of blood vessels in the eye, known as angiogenesis.
Preventing Breast Cancer
Regular consumption of most alcoholic drinks increases the risk of breast cancer. However, thanks to chemicals in the seeds and skins of red grapes, women who drink red wine in moderation may be spared this risk.
if a woman is going to choose an alcoholic drink, red wine might be a better option, compared with other beverages.
Preventing Liver Disease
Modest wine consumption may cut the risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) by half in those who are at risk of the condition, compared with never drinking wine.
The finding, published by researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, is controversial. They note that only moderate consumption will bring benefits, and they suggest a maximum of one glass a day for people at risk of coronary heart disease and NAFLD.
Those who regularly and moderately drink beer or liquor, say the scientists, have a four-times higher risk than those who drink red wine.
Warning, you must reach the age of 18 and above before you can consume any alcoholic beverages, and when drinking please drink responsibly.
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