The argument of whether or not red wine is good for the health is an ever longlasting arguments with a lot of research done to this effect.
Although, over time, the intake of red wine has been said to now have good effects and even prevents certain diseases such as heart diseases.
FIRST OF ALL, HOW DO YOU THINK RED WINES ARE MADE?
According to healthline.com, Red wine is made from crushing fermented dark grapes together
There are many types of red wine, which vary in taste and color. Common varieties include Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot noir and Zinfandel.
The alcohol content usually ranges from 12–15%.
Consuming moderate amounts of red wine has been shown to have health benefits. This is mainly due to its high content of powerful antioxidants.
In Nigeria, we face a large problem of circulation of fake wines and how to identify fake wines are noted in the previous blog post.
Red Wine Contains Powerful Plant Compounds and Antioxidants, Including Resveratrol
Grapes are rich in many antioxidants. These include resveratrol, catechin, epicatechin, and proanthocyanidins.
These antioxidants, especially resveratrol and proanthocyanidins, are believed to be responsible for the health benefits of red wine.
Proanthocyanidins may reduce oxidative damage in the body. They may also help prevent heart disease and cancer.
Resveratrol is found in grape skin. It is produced in some plants, as a response to damage or injury.
This antioxidant has been linked with many health benefits, including fighting inflammation and blood clotting, as well as reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer. Resveratrol can also make test animals live longer.
However, the resveratrol content of red wine is rather low. You would have to consume several bottles per day to reach the amount used in the animal studies. This is not recommended, for obvious reasons.
If you’re drinking wine just for the resveratrol content, then getting it from a supplement may be a better idea.
Red Wine May Lower the Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke and Early Death.
People who drink approximately 150 ml (5 oz) of red wine a day seem to be at about a 32% lower risk than non-drinkers.
However, higher intake increases the risk of heart disease dramatically.
Drinking small amounts of red wine may reduce the risk of heart disease by helping to retain the “good” HDL cholesterol in the blood. Oxidative damage and the oxidation of the “bad” LDL cholesterol may also be reduced by up to 50%.
Some studies indicate that populations already at a high risk of heart disease, like the elderly, may benefit even more from moderate wine consumption.
There are some other benefits of consuming red wine as listed below.
- Reduces Risk of cancer
- Reduces Risk of Dementia
- Reduces Risk of Depression.
- Reduces insulin resistance.