The 10 healthiest properties of red wine
Red wine in our health
Numerous studies have been carried out on the consumption of wine and its health benefits. Prestigious scientists and universities from all over the world have demonstrated its benefits. One of the best known is that moderate consumption of red wine prevents heart disease. It can also help prevent and alleviate dementia, diabetes and osteoporosis. It is important to remember the importance of moderate and responsible consumption. Two glasses a day would be sufficient, and best with meals.
Below, we list ten healthy properties of wine, so that you can have a couple of glasses without remorse ;-).
The 10 healthy properties of wine
1. It is good for the heart. A regular and moderate consumption of Rioja wine helps to improve blood circulation. This will reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
A study by Stanford University found that wine activates an enzyme called aldehyde dehydrogenase. It serves to eliminate toxic elements and prevents damage to heart cells. In addition, European scientists associate moderate alcohol consumption with higher levels of fatty acids and Omega 3 in the blood. These components help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
2. Delays dementia. Research from the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona revealed that moderate wine consumption helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Studies from the University of California, and Mt. SINAI, as well as the New York Medical School, found that polyphenols, found in wine grape seeds, prevented the formation of protein plaques that surround and kill brain cells. This is a factor directly related to Alzheimer’s disease.
3. Prevents osteoarthritis. Studies carried out by Swedish scientists reveal that consuming an average of 5 to 10 glasses of red wine per week can cut the risk of contracting rheumatoid arthritis by more than 50% compared to non-consumers.
4. Osteoporosis. Other studies conclude that moderate consumption of red wine is associated with increased bone density in elderly women, which reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
5. It helps prevent colds and flu. Spanish scientists concluded that wine drinkers were less likely to catch a cold. The comparison was made with beer or spirits drinkers.
6. Reduces the risk of diabetes. Harvard University of Public Health studies concluded that women who consumed wine moderately were 58% less likely to suffer from diabetes than non-drinkers.
7. It lowers blood pressure and increases good cholesterol. Research by Spanish scientists showed that red wine grapes, especially the Tempranillo variety, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol more than other sources of fibre, such as oats.
8. Protects against oesophageal cancer. A study published in March 2011 found that wine drinkers reduced their chances of getting oesophageal cancer by 56%.
9. Stimulates the heart before exercise. Douglas McKeag, director of the Indiana University of Sports Medicine stated that drinking wine before exercise stimulates the heart. Another benefit of exercise is the dilation of the blood vessels, as well as the relaxation of the muscles.
10. It helps to stay awake. The Journal of The Science of Food and Agriculture published a study in which it pointed out that grapes used for wine production are rich in melatonin. It is a hormone that acts as an antioxidant, eliminates toxicity from the cells and wakes you up at night.
And you, did you know that moderate consumption of red wine can be beneficial for your health?