Benefits of Drinking Red Wine

 

Sometimes, wine gets a bad rap. Oh, yes, it contains
 alcohol and over consumption are hazardous. Over consumption may lead to terrible 
decisions that can wreck one’s life and make you regret why you even took that 
first gulp. But, when taken in moderation, red wine has numerous benefits. Drinking wine in moderation improves your health and 
general life in some ways.

Probably 
you have heard about the French paradox. This is a phenomenon which refers to
 people who live in some areas of France where red wine is usually consumed 
during meals having lower rates of death from coronary heart disease despite the
 fact that these people lead a lifestyle with more unhealthy practices as compared
 to those living in the US and other developed countries. The French paradox is attributed to the cardio protective 
benefits of red wine. 

Drinking red wine boosts heart health. It contains 
active compounds such as quercetin, resveratrol, and polyphenols which have cardio protective 
properties. Red wine lowers the rate of progression of atherosclerosis, which 
refers to a condition caused by a buildup of cholesterol, fats, and plaque on
 the walls of arteries. The chemical resveratrol also protects heart cells from
 damage when a person suffers the stroke and prevents the buildup of platelets. 

According to research carried out at the University
 of Massachusetts Amherst, red wine slows the passage of glucose through the
 small intestine into the bloodstream. This helps to prevent the increase in
 blood sugar levels as is common with type 2 diabetes patients. When consumed in
 moderation, red wine can form part of a diabetic diet plan.

Red wine protects men against the risk of prostate
 cancer. Men who consume 4-7 glasses of red wine each week are estimated to be
 half as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer as compared to those who do 
not take red wine. Red wine contains chemicals such as resveratrol and flavonoids which
 lower the likelihood of falling a victim of prostate cancer.

Moderate consumption
 of red wine helps to fight obesity. The grapes used in making red wine contain
 a compound called piceatannol which inhibits the ability of immature
 fat cells to grow and develop. Piceatannol also alters the timing of gene
 functions, gene expressions and insulin functions which take place during metabolic 
processes in the fat cells.

Red wine promotes longevity. According to research carried 
out by French scientists, the resveratrol 
contained in red wine can increase the life span of an individual by around 60%.
It also gives the user higher energy levels. Though these longevity tests were
carried out on worms, researchers argue that similar effects can be translated
 to humans. Resveratrol 
activates an evolutionary stress response in the cells of humans, and this
 enhances longevity.