You often have heard about red wine and its benefits on health and these benefits can be achieved by consuming a glass of wine in a day, not more. Since wine contains alcohol it is advisable to consume in small quantities. Red wine is made from dark-colored grapes, which are rich in antioxidants, which help in decreasing the risk of heart diseases, diabetes mellitus, stroke, and early death.
However, if consuming more than the standard limit, it does have reverse effects, that being said, it increases the risk of heart diseases, stroke, atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure, and cancer. Below are some benefits of the red wine if drinking in standard quantities.
The skin of the grapes contains several antioxidants, like resveratrol which has antiaging and heart benefits, epicatechin have overall health benefits, and proanthocyanidins reduce heart disease risk.
2. Lowers Cholesterol Levels
Red wine helps in reducing LDL “bad” cholesterol. According to a Brazillian study, consumption of red wine may help to prevent the development of plaque, which is the direct result of increased cholesterol.
3. Lowers Risk of Diabetes
Although wine contains sugar, dry wine or medium-dry wine have less sugar, it can be taken 3 to 4 days a week. Thanks to polyphenol, which help to control sugar levels in the blood.
The compound which has many benefits in red wine is Resveratrol. According to studies, this compound makes cancer cells sensitive to radiation and protects the normal tissue from the effects of radiation.
As described in the above points, where Red wine has oxidation properties as well as keeps sugar levels low in the blood. All these points summaries to a reduction of fat cells in the body. Resveratrol increases body metabolism which helps burn fat cells.
There are several other benefits over the skin, hairs, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, insulin resistance. Moderately consumption of wine is good for health. Over drinking alcohol may have adverse effects on health such as alcohol dependence, increased risk of death and heart disease, weight gain, cirrhosis.
The bottom line, there is no need to worry if you are drinking wine under control. 1-2 glasses a day for men whereas 1-1.5 glasses a day for women. The ratio will vary if you are consuming wine with other alcohol make sure you reduce overall alcohol intake. It is advised to drink non-alcoholic wine 1 or 2 days a week. Stay healthy, stay young. Santé!