If you love drinking wine, you probably already know that there are some health benefits of red wine
when taken in moderation. Scientists have discovered a link between red wine, resveratrol and good health.
The benefits of drinking wine have been touted for a while and are thought, by some, to be the reason why the French can get away with eating a high fat diet while enjoying a low rate of coronary disease.
I always wondered why the French and Italians could consume wine (alcohol) on a daily basis and appeared to be healthier than most people. Maybe drinking wine should be taken seriously.
The Wine Spectator magazine reports that a French research team will publish an article that found that men who regularly drank at least two glasses of it daily were 50 percent less likely than non-drinkers to suffer a second heart attack.
It is interesting to note that the French are not the only ones that have conducted such studies. German and Italian physicians and nutritionists have also conducted similar studies and arrived at similar conclusions.
In 2003, German nutritionists concluded that moderate intake of red wine (about two glasses a day for men and one for women) was a benefit to the cardiovascular system.
In a recent analysis from Italy, resveratrol, an ingredient common to red wine, was studied. It was observed and was used to increase the life span of a short-lived breed of tropical fish by more than 50%.
Not only did fish given resveratrol
in their food live longer than the control group, they stayed livelier as they got older and they displayed better memory in stimulus/response tests. I can tell you this, if drinking two glasses of it will improve my memory and who knows what else, I'm all for the benefits of red wine!
Another thing they discovered was that when the fish died and were dissected, the neurons in their brains didn't decay as fast as those without the resveratrol in their diets. I'm not sure what benefit or significance of this finding might be, but it sounds good.
Resveratrol is an organic compound found in the skins of grapes that protects the grapes from disease. It is extracted from grapes by wine making. The wine becomes a preservative for the resveratrol and prevents its oxidation.
That is why drinking grape juice or eating raisins doesn't have the same effect. The resveratrol has neither been extracted nor preserved.
It's also been shown that resveratrol supplements oxidize upon exposure to air and therefore they lose their effectiveness. I don't need another reason for taking resveratrol in wine rather than as a resveratrol supplement.
Other studies have shown that wine, especially red wine, can help prevent colds, increase the levels of good cholesterol (HDL), lower the risk of Alzheimer's, and have anti-inflammatory properties to boot.
It can reduce the size and number of fat cells in the body and reduce the risk of prostate cancer. That is quite a list of red wine benefits
from drinking just two glasses of that delicious nectar of the gods.
So enjoy your wine and know that you are contributing to your health and well being.
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