Going for a wine tasting binge in Paris is the ultimate dream for most of us. But as we all know, alcohol isn’t the liver’s strong suit and once that gravy train has started, there’s no telling when it will stop. Anyhow, this poses the ultimate question about whether red wine benefits well to your health or bad for your health and if an occasional cup of pinot on your front porch will do you much harm or otherwise?
Let’s start off by saying that red wine is fundamentally good for health. Why? Well, for the long list of benefits listed below! It was used for its medical properties in ancient times. Red wines are made from various ingredients available in the market today, ingredients like grapes, raspberries, gooseberries, raisins, figs, etc. However, dear reader, a not for caution is that red wine while taken in small amounts can do you a great deal of good, people have known to get addicted and alcohol abuse is challenging to get back from. It is advised to employ caution and precise control to the amount intake per day.
The Numerous Red Wine Benefits
A cup of red for your blood?
Many studies have proven that intake of red wine on a monitored basic could indeed be beneficial for healthy blood. It has been known to improve the circulation of blood and reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Prevents blood platelets from sticking together and hence reduces the formation of blood clots which induce strokes and heart attacks.
- Resveratrol, an antioxidant present in red wine reduces inflammation and bad cholesterol levels in the body.
- Prevents damage to the arteries and in turn increases blood and oxygen flow to other organs.
A cup of red wine a day keeps cancer at bay.
Hard as this might be to believe, drinking alcohol, red wine to be exact in monitored amounts could actually curb or aid in the prevention of cancer.
- Resveratrol, an antioxidant present in red wine reduces inflammation and controls the growth of tumors.
- Also, many experiments on cultures and animals have proven that red wine does indeed inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors and increases the life span too.
The common notions that alcohol reduces you to a hollow, weak and gaunt for doesn’t always have to be true. Red wine if taken in small amounts could in fact aid in strengthening you.
- Flavonoids, found in red wine are known to be strong anti-oxidants which in turn protects your cells from any damage from free radical elements.
- They reduce inflammation and boost Vitamin C’s anti-oxidant effects thereby enhancing your body’s immunity.
Type 2 diabetes in specific could happen to be dulled by intake of a small glass of red wine every day. It would seem that a little red wine contains many essential elements that compose the anti-diabetes drugs.
- Chemicals in red wine regulate the sugar levels in the blood.
- Polyphenols present in grape wine and skin stabilizes blood glucose levels and prevents rapid blood sugar variations.
Pinot for your thoughts?
Most people drink alcohol out of depression and end up being further depressed the next day. Red wine on the other hand actually helps to uplift your mood and alleviate depression, particularly in women.
- Many studies have proven that drinking wine in the amount of 5 to 10 gram a day could indeed help to fight depression.
- Few studies have also suggested that red wine could help soothe PMS symptoms.
Having sleep trouble? A few ounces of red wine before bedtime will instantly put you to sweet dreamless slumber.
- Melatonin presence in red wine actually helps the mind align its body clock and in turn help you sleep peacefully.
- Be sure to stick to a couple of ounces or you will be waking up with a nasty headache.
Red Wine Benefits for Skin!
Drinking red wine has become more of a lifestyle and you constantly wonder how celebrities look so good if the drink is so contagious to health. Not true. Red wine, in fact, promotes a healthy glow to your skin and makes it look alive.
- Removes tan and blemishes, which is why red wine facials are available these days.
- AHAs, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which prevent acne formation.
- Protects skin from sun burns.
- Lightens the skin tone.
Too much is worse than too little
As glam as this all looks, excessive intake of red wine could turn out to be disastrous. Hence it is advised that no matter the numerous benefits of red wine do not start drinking if you already aren’t. If you already are into the habit of drinking red wine, do restrict it to a healthy amount. On a cautionary note, here is a list of the numerous things that could go wrong with drinking too much.
- Addiction: Alcoholism is quite common and most of you must have seen the numerous ads on TV. Which only makes it clearer how easy it is to get addicted to alcohol.
- Liver Cirrhosis: needless to say, more than 30 grams of alcohol per day is bad news for your liver which leads on to progression and results in life-threatening liver cirrhosis.
- Risk of depression: it might have you feeling elated and high at first, but ultimately leads to depression.
- Weight gain: unfortunately, red wine contains almost twice the amount of calories as beer or regular carbonated fizzy drinks.
- Increased risk of morbidity and mortality: Even moderate amounts of alcohol leads to increased risk of diabetes in men and a general increase of premature death in alcohol consumers.
Little, how little?
The healthy amount of which red wine can be consumed is not more than 150 milliliters per day. While men have a greater tolerance to wine, it is advised to limit their intake to 200 milliliters per day.
Although red wine entails many benefits, similar benefits could be obtained from the intake of a healthy non-alcoholic diet. It is only advised to admit controlled amounts of red wine as a substitute if you are already consuming alcohol in other forms.
Stay happy, stay FITSO! Cheers!