September 4th 2019
WINE NOT? – The Benefits of wine
Whilst it must be stated that all alcohol consumption should be in moderation and there obviously a point where any drink with alcohol can become harmful, there are certain drinks that hold benefits that may surprise you. Wine is certainly one of these drinks and this month we are looking into some of the benefits a small glass of wine daily can bring.
This one might seem a little more obvious as we all know grapes are packed with antioxidants, but this transferred into the wine produced from the grapes and is not lost in the process. If you’re looking to get the most antioxidants, choose white.
Boosting your immune system:
Now this is a tight line, and a case of not too little, not too much, but just the right amount. A daily glass of wine can ward off infections and keep your immune system in check. But too much alcohol can lead to negative effect and defeat the purpose.
Increasing bone density:
This one might surprise a few of you. Now, we could always just stick to milk, but sipping a glass of red could be just as good. Pack with high levels of silicon that is excellent for bone mineral density, a glass of red, reduces the risk of osteoporosis and might even help us nodding off as we get an early night.
Reduces the risk of a stroke:
Moderate wine intake acts as a natural blood thinner and breaks up potential blood clots, although it must be said that this particular method seems to be more effective in females than males. But a study done by John Hopkins University found that resveratrol found in the skins of red grapes could protect against a stroke.
But again, take care as excessive consumption can have the opposite effect as heavy drinkers are at higher risk of heart attacks.
Reducing the risk of heart disease:
Another study, this time by the Israel Institute of Technology, found that after 21 days of consuming a glass of red wine, blood vessel cell health was enhanced, improving the flood of blood, increasing the health of the heart and lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Red wine strikes again with the procyanidins found in each glass. The same wine that can help lower the risk of a stroke or heart disease can also help lower cholesterol.
Resveratrol also fights against LDL (bad cholesterol) resulting in lowering blood pressure.
Reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes:
Resveratrol has been tested and proven to improve the bodies sensibility to insulin. This means that a glass of wine can help develop your resistance to insulin and therefore reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Boost your cognitive function:
That daily sip can also improve brain function. The chemicals in red wine prevent neurons from dying off which not only improves the function of your brain, but can also hep ward of an early onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
This is one that we have all heard, but what’s behind it? Well when we hear “Mediterranean diet” we might think fruit, veg, fish and olive oil, but another little secret of those countries that border the Mediterranean coast is their daily glass of wine.
A study at Harvard Medical School found that our friend resveratrol, activates a protein that acts as an anti-aging agent.
All of these benefits are only achieved with moderate consumption, not exceeding a small glass a day, as excessive consumption produces the opposite effects and puts you at a higher risk of some nasty illnesses. So take the goodness and enjoy that small glass knowing its helping, but know when to stop.