Health Benefits of Wine

An article in Medical News Today claims that RESVERATROL is the reason for the health benefits of red wine linked to moderate wine consumption. A glass a day for women and two glasses a day for men brought a long list of benefits.
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Reduces risk of depression
Slows aging
Prevents blindness
Prevents dementia
Prevents colon cancer
Prevents breast cancer
Prevents lung cancer
Prevents prostate cancer
Protects skin from severe sunburn
Prevents liver disease
Protects the brain from damage after a stroke
Prevents type-2 diabetes
Boosts levels of Omega-3 fatty acids

Resveratrol is a compound found in some plants. Plants produce resveratrol to fight off bacteria and fungi. Resveratrol also protects plants from ultraviolet irradiation. Red wine contains more resveratrol than white wine because it is fermented with the skins (white wine is not). Most of the resveratrol in grapes is in the seeds and skin. Light colored wines are only in contact with the grape skins for a short period of time. That’s why they are light pink and not deep red. The dark red color and the bitterness of some varieties of wine comes from longer contact with the skins and therefore have more of the health benefits associated with resveratrol.

The amount of resveratrol found in one glass of wine can range from 0.2 milligrams to 2.0 mg, Resveratrol in the pill form may contain a much higher dosage, but like so many isolated substances, a pill can’t offer the benefits of the whole food nor the experience of fine wine.

Here are a few foods rich in resveratrol

  • Red wine
  • Red Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Bilberries
  • Peanuts
  • Dark Chocolate

Too Much Alcohol Can Be Harmful

In many cases, drinking too much can not only counteract the benefits one would receive, but it may, in fact, make things worse in the long run.

 

Health Benefits of White Wine

wineBut what about white wine and champagne? Do these have any beneficial properties?

White wine has many of the same positive health benefits as red wine. It, too, contains flavonoids that have antioxidant properties, which can help prevent cancer. In fact, according to a study from the University of Barcelona, white wines may have a higher antioxidant capacity than red wines.

White wine also has the ability to protect the heart against aging, which can provide preventive benefits to the organ, and could be beneficial towards achieving weight loss, according to a 2004 study from the University of Hohenheim (Germany). Consumption of white wine provides the same energy derived from juices–plus the additional benefits from consuming wine.

Champagne is generally lower in calories than red wine, white wine or beer and has heart-healthy properties, like red wine. The study results indicate that daily moderate consumption of champagne may improve vascular performance. And with as little as three glasses a week can assist in preventing brain disorders, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Reading study. It found that phenolic acid found in certain black grape varieties can aid memory. The researchers recommend two to three glasses of champagne a week after the age of 40 to help prevent dementia.

 

 

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