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Red Wine: Good or bad? - Healthy benefits
Most people drink red wine for its delicious flavours, aroma and texture, all of which combine to create a pleasurable experience. There is nothing quite as refreshing as the rich flavours in a glass of premium red wine. In the past, people automatically assumed that all alcoholic beverages were bad for your health, but studies are now proving this mentality wrong. However, drinking moderate amounts of red could actually prove beneficial to your health.
Here we will take a look the top health benefits associated with red wine consumption.
Reduces Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
According to numerous studies cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in the UK. We have known for quite some time that heavy drinkers are placed at a greater risk for heart disease and stroke, but studies have shown that “moderate” red wine drinkers actually have their chances reduced significantly.
Red wine contains a powerful antioxidant compound, resveratrol. This compound protects your heart and arteries against the negative effects of saturated fat, which can help prevent cardiovascular disease.
Red wine consumption is directly linked to lower rates of blood clotting. As you may already know, a stroke occurs when a blood clot is released and sent to the heart. Red wine has natural anti-clotting properties that help prevent this from occurring.
High blood pressure is another common medical condition. High blood pressure or hypertension stresses the organs while increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease. The good news is that red wine is believed to fight hypertension by promoting a healthy circulatory system.
Numerous studies have been done which reveal a direct correlation between red wine consumption and lower rates of heart disease. People who drank red wine on a daily basis were less likely to suffer from heart disease than people who did not drink red wine. Going back to the benefits mentioned above, red wine works to lower a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease by regulating cholesterol levels and reducing blood clotting.
Helps prevent cancer and slows down the aging process
Grapes – and of course wine – contains high levels of beneficial organic antioxidant compounds known as flavonoids. These antioxidants work to neutralize potentially damaging free radicals that roam throughout our body. Free radicals are found in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, and even the beauty products we use on our skin. Small amounts of free radicals will not cause any serious damage to our bodies, but larger amounts are believed to cause early aging, illness and even increase the chance of developing certain types of cancers.
A newer study suggests that the strong antioxidants of red wine can work against degenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s, Type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Hand in hand with Alzheimer’s is memory loss, and a study confirmed those who drank red wine had stronger memories than those who drank less or none at all.
Regulates blood sugar levels
One of the many health benefits associated with red wine is its ability to regulate cholesterol levels within the body. Drinking just a single glass of red wine per day is known to lower “bad” cholesterol levels (LDL) while simultaneously raising “good” cholesterol levels (HDL). While it is not going to prevent the onset of diabetes by any means, regulating your blood sugar levels could help get your body back on track. The key thing to remember is that your wine consumption needs to be in moderation. Too much red wine may have the opposite effect by flooding your system with an excess of sugar, causing your glucose levels to spike.
How much red wine should I drink?
Now for the million dollar question: how much red wine should I drink to reap these health benefits? Since wine contains sugar and alcohol, it is important that it should be consumed in moderation. Drinking half a dozen glasses on a daily basis will eventually take its toll on your body, negating all of these benefits. A “normal” serving is approximately one glass daily for women or two glasses daily for men. But keep in mind that the health benefits of drinking red wine may also be influenced by genetics, physical activity, smoking, social life and your environment.