Red wine has long been celebrated for its health benefits as well as its taste. While it is only recently that hard evidence has come to light about the health benefits of red wine, many have stood by their claim of red wine being a healthy beverage and of course, a delicious one as well.
Just one more reason to join that wine of the month club ?
Red wine is rich in antioxidants which is thought to help reduce your risk of heart attack. Certain other compounds are also thought to actively protect the heart against heart disease and may even help prevent against some types of cancer.
Resveratrol is the most important antioxidant compound in red wine. Resveratrol is a phytoestrogen which not only protects against cancer but can also help to restore hormonal balance in women who have been through menopause or suffered from breast cancer.
The resveratrol in red wine can also prevent some cells from becoming cancerous and in some cases, may even reduce the number of cancerous cells. The compound triggers processes which can break down the cancerous cells found in cases of skin and breast cancer and slow down the growth of tumors. There is even evidence that red wine may play a role in preventing colon and prostate cancers.
Guercetin is another antioxidant found in red wine which has anti-inflammatory properties which are especially helpful to those suffering from COPD and other respiratory diseases; this compound may also help to prevent lung cancer.
In people who eat diets with particularly high fat-content, a glass of red wine is also thought to help in reducing the level of cholesterol in the system and even help to reduce blood pressure.
It is important to remember that when it comes to red wine, you can have too much of a good thing. You'll get the most health benefits out of it if you drink in moderation. Drinking too much wine can cause damage to the liver and kidneys, just like any alcoholic beverage.
The research shows that one or two glasses a day for men or one glass for women is sufficient to enjoy the health benefits offered by red wine. There have also been studies performed on the possibility that red wine may be able to slow down the aging process somewhat as well.
Besides, who doesn't like to enjoy a glass of red wine with a fine meal or sitting in front of the fire? With all the potential health benefits that red wine has to offer, a glass a day seems like a great way to enjoy improving our health.
If only everything good for us could be so delicious… To your health!
Now next time you trying to think of great wine gifts, you can give the gift of red wine and give the gift of health at the same time.
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