We all know the classic saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” What about the inclusion of grapes in our diets? Those juicy bundles of joy show all sorts of benefits. But I am of course referring to them in the fermented form; red wine!
According to WhiteHallLane.com, “studies have shown that consuming a moderate amount of red wine, which has an alcohol content of 12% - 15% on a daily basis helps in prevention of a number of diseases including heart disease.” As a reminder, too much consumption is potentially detrimental to your health. Too little consumption does not give drinkers the benefits seen by moderate drinkers. Fortunately enough, one glass a day for females, or two glasses of wine for males, can provide health benefits from its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and lipid-regulating effects.
According to a 2018 study linked to MedicalNewsToday.com, “polyphenols from red wine can improve the gut microbiota, contributing to a healthy gut.” Polyphenols are micronutrients that occur naturally in many supplements, such as fruits, vegetables, teas, and spices. Polyphenols may potentially help in lowering your blood sugar levels because they prevent the process of starches breaking down into simple sugars. Polyphenols can also regulate cholesterol levels, and keep a healthy heart.
Are you feeling the winter blues? Well, let’s warm those up with some red wine. The antioxidants in wine can treat the common cold because these supplements protect cells against the harmful effects of free radicals. You may also be feeling blue this winter, due to some memory loss concerns. Resveratrol, a popular polyphenol, slows the formulation of beta-amyloid protein, which is a key ingredient in the plaque of the brain of someone with Alzheimer’s.
It is important to remember that a dependency on alcohol is not beneficial to one’s health. Overconsumption of alcohol can have a negative effect on the mind and body. However, slight indulgence and moderation of red wine can add these benefits to your daily living situation. You can also consume your wine via food preparation to experience the same benefits. There are a plethora of ways to stay healthy, and wine enthusiasts all around the globe can express their happiness in a glass.
Disclaimer: Your HWHS does not promote excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages of any type. Please speak with your doctor before considering red wine consumption into your daily life.