People often reserve wine for special occasions, but a growing number of studies suggest that regular intake of wine yields several health benefits. If you’re thinking of waiting for the Queen’s Day to open that bottle of Penfolds, this article might convince you to shake up and serve the goods for your health sake. Learn the health benefits of wine:
It helps fight free radicals
Several types of cancer are caused by free radicals that invade the body system. Your body needs antioxidants to fight these free radicals. A research led by the University of Barcelona discovered that white wine contains a significant amount of phenols, which are types of antioxidants that help fight cancer and a host of other diseases and unpleasant body changes including poor skin quality. So on your next grocery shopping, you know better what to bring into your cart.
It reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases
A wine a day keeps the cardio doctor away. To a certain extent, this statement holds true as wine helps maintain the blood vessels cells in optimum condition, thus enhancing the smooth flow of blood all throughout the system. A group of researchers at the Israel Institute of Technology conducted a study and found scientific evidence on this positive effect of wine on cell health and even that of the heart.
Wine is also made up of tannins with procyanidins that aid in the neutralisation of free radicals and prevent the onset of serious diseases including cancer and heart diseases. Procyanidins were also found to attenuate, if not eliminate, bad cholesterol.
Moreover, wine, particularly the red variety, has phenols that serve as natural blood thinners that disintegrate blood clots. Their actions are similar to that of resveratrol or aspirin which is great since these blood clots could easily result in a stroke. Females are more prone to blood clots leading to strokes and drinking regular wine can help prevent the onset of heart attacks.
John Hopkins University Medical Center conducted a study that proved the substantial amount of resveratrol in wines that originated from red grapes. Aside from managing clots, reservatrol greatly aids in reducing the level of bad cholesterol in the body while increasing the amount of healthy cholesterol. So to speak, a pour of red wine not only prevents serious and fatal heart attacks, but also those lifestyle diseases people often overlook like hypertension.
Yet, the American Heart Association does not entirely recommend the frequent drinking of wine for people with alcoholic tendencies or those who are nondrinkers. Light drinking may still be encouraged. Ideally, wine volume per glass should be about 5 ounces and the daily intake should not be more than 2 glasses.
It boosts your immune system
Taking in supplements is good as it helps your body replenish the depleted nutrients and strengthen your immune system. But a bottle of wine can help fight off the infection. Then again consume wine in modicum as overindulging can reverse its effects.
It strengthens your bones
Aging makes the bones less dense and more prone to damage like injuries and breakage. The case of osteoporosis in Australia is alarming, affecting people over 60 years of age. It is why seniors are advised to embark on a calcium-rich diet especially that a report published by the Australian Nutrition Survey in 1995 revealed that an alarming 70 percent of children fell below the recommended calcium intake. The case for women is worse with over 80 percent failing to reach the required calcium consumption.
As advised by nutritionists, however, calcium should be taken from natural foods, such as your bottle of Jim Barry, not from supplements unless a prescription is obtained by a trusted physician. Again, too much of a nutrient can likewise be damaging. Calcium amount from supplements should not exceed 2,000 mg, otherwise this can impose risks on your health.
It decreases the incidence of developing Type-2 diabetes
People who are hypertensive are also prone to experience diabetes since blood sugar and cholesterol levels have concomitant effects with each other. The great news is that your favorite fruity taste of red wine can now help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes, as backed by scientific research. In a survey published in 2005 and participated by about 360,000 individuals spanning for 12 years, it was found that moderate wine drinkers are less prone to having type 2 diabetes by about 30%.
While wine drinking is beneficial, the key to enhancing overall vitality is moderate consumption. Depending on your weight, sex, and other factors, the average intake should only be between 1 to 2 wine glasses. So now you know better than to overindulge or underindulge. Cheers to a healthy life with wine.