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.