You’re probably thinking this is just an article to justify the consumption of alcohol. But trust me, based on thorough research, Red wine has been confirmed to have many benefits that can extend the human lifespan.
since the early 1990s, the news media has been full of reports about the health benefits of red wine. However, it can be difficult to sort out the facts from the hype. There have been numerous scientific studies into this issue, and the results can help you understand the moderate consumption of red wine really might help improve your health. Even during the Middle Ages, Catholic monks were known to frequently use wine for a variety of medical treatments. And during the 1892 cholera epidemic that shook Germany, wine was used to sterilize water.
Before we talk benefits, let’s look at the “Pour size”. It can be hard to gauge what an appropriate pour size is given the varying sizes and shapes of wine glasses. While we may love our oversized wine glasses, medical experts don’t consider that a proper pour.
A proper glass of wine is a 5-ounce pour. And when we say “moderate drinking”, that means what is clinically considered to be healthy. For women, it’s one glass a day and for men it’s two -I know ladies, we get the short end of the stick. Wish more meant better, but that’s life.
Now let’s talk benefits!
There a number of substances in Redwine which includes polyphenol antioxidants, naturally occurring chemicals that can help combat oxidative stress in the body and result in a number of important health benefits.
Two of these antioxidants, resveratrol and flavonoids, may have a notable effect on human health. Resveratrol, in particular, comes from the skins of grapes, which are left in during the fermentation of red wine and removed for white wine.
Here are the following ways in which Red wine can improve your health.
Improved Heart Health
Red wine consumption is indeed linked to lower risk of inflammation and coronary artery disease, as well as a reduced chance of dying from a heart attack. It also found that red wine produced according to traditional methods that maximize the amount of resveratrol and flavanoids in the wine is even better than other varieties at improving heart health.
The American Heart Association conducted a review of the literature on this topic and found that moderate consumption of red wine, defined as one to two glasses per day, could reduce a person’s risk of a heart attack by about 20%. Red wine decreases LDL (the bad cholesterol) and increases HDL (the good cholesterol).
Slow Aging and Potentially increase Life Span
You may have heard the claim that something in red wine slows aging and can increase lifespan. There have been a number of studies on this topic in recent years.
According to a review of the literature published in Heart Failure Reviews, several studies have proven that resveratrol in particular can actually turn on the expression of certain genes linked to longevity. It can also reduce some of the damage caused by the natural aging process, particularly as it concerns the heart. However, in studies with mice, resveratrol didn’t prolong the mice’s lives. Although longer lifespan is associated with red wine consumption in certain regions of France, more research is needed to determine the extent to which the human lifespan is affected.
It Increases the Immune System
While you probably shouldn’t stop taking your daily vitamins, drinking a glass of wine daily can give your immune system a boost. Moderate wine consumption can ward off infections and keep your immune system in check.
Don’t get too carried away, though. Excessive consumption can lead to negative effects that defeat the whole purpose or drinking wine for an immunity boost.
Preventing Vision Loss
Resveratrol in red wine may help prevent vision loss caused by out-of-control blood vessel growth in the eye, according to findings published in 2010.
Diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration are leading causes of blindness among aged 50 years and above. This is due to an overgrowth of blood vessels in the eye, known as angiogenesis.
If further research confirms findings, the scientists believe it could help not only people with vision problems due to diabetes, but those with atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, and other causes of retinal detachment.
Potential Slowing of Alzheimer’s Disease
Red wine may also help slow the progress of Alzheimer’s Disease; however, research into this area is still being conducted. According to a study published in the journal Life Sciences, consuming red wine made from black-skinned grapes reduces oxidative damage and possibly has neurological implications. The researchers felt that with further study, substances in red wine may be proven to help slow the progression and prevent the neurological damage associated with Alzheimer’s.
There are more health benefits of Red wine, all you have to do is let your curiosity out of the bag and find out!