By: Nikki Nies
You may have heard recommendations to drink a glass of wine at dinner. It’s not for the added taste, but the health benefits of drinking wine, specifically red wine, has been recommended by many physicians.
Now you might be wondering why red wine’s considered to be healthier, well, it’s because the grapes’ skin, which contains antioxidants called resveratrol, is still in tact during the production of red wine. In regards to white wine, the skin and seeds of the grapes are removed before production, which also removes some great health benefits.
- Contains resveratrol–May prevent heart disease, reduce inflammation, prevents blood clots, reduces LDL levels
- Resveratrol’s a phytochemical found in many fruits, such as billberries, blueberries, grapes, cocoa, cranberries, peanuts and walnuts
- May be helpful in treating neurological diseases—i.e. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s as reservatrol can help in the formation of nerve cells
- Preserves muscle fiberContains flavonoids, which polyphenols that may protect the lining of the blood vessels in one’s heart
- Increases “good” cholesterol levels–High density lipoprotein (HDL)
- Protects against artery damage
- May reduce risk of dementia
- May decrease fat absorption into body
- May prevent hearing loss
- May favorably influence lipid profiles following one’s meal
- Contains flavonoids, which are polyphenols that can protect the lining of the blood vessels in one’s heart
- The relationship between the sweetness of wine in relation to number of flavonoids—the sweeter the wine, the fewer the flavonoids
As with many health claims, yes, there has been research done on the perceived benefits, but one can’t assume consuming wine regularly will be the magic “potion” needed to prevent the aforementioned activities to subside.
**It’s recommended 5 oz. of wine daily can provide the benefits sought from drinking wine**
So to reap the most benefits of your glass of wine, choose Merlot, Chianti, Pinot and you’re good to go! Enjoy!