Countless Studies Prove That Red Wine Benefits Your Health!


Really?

If each study proves that red wine benefits your heart etc, then why is the word "may" often used?

That little three letter word is not very definitive. "May" prevent this, "may" prevent that.

There is though, another way to look at it. Every type of food has some nutritional goodness in it. And grapes with their antioxidants are no exception. 

Red or black grapes, and the red wine that's made from them are chock full of phytonutrients.

These plant nutrients protect the grapes and vines against:

  • bacteria
  • virus's
  • too much damaging sunlight
  • pests etc.

Oodles of red wine benefits are gained from extracting these chemicals during the wine making process.


Infographic explaining about phytonutrients in red wine and grapes.


These are all natural compounds that are known to help prevent cardiovascular disease and though I hesitate to say it... possibly even lung cancer.

The reason I say that, is because I know so many fine people who either have cancer, or died from it. I really hope the researchers break new ground here.

There are some studies showing these substances might even assist in cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases.

But there's more...


A More Complete List Showing the Health Benefits of Red Wine

Drinking red wine in moderation:


Large infographic showing the numerous red wine benefits.


Whew!

Other highly touted red wine benefits:

  • you age slower (live longer)
  • raises your levels of omega 3
  • improves your short-term memory
  • lowers your risk for high cholesterol

The above benefits aren't just made up. Each health benefit of wine listed here can be traced back to a "study". Over 6000 studies have been done, just on resveratrol alone!

Drinking in moderation means one 5-oz glass per day for women, and two 5-oz glasses of red wine per day for men.


Image showing a headstone with the words Hehe... somtimes it feels like this doesn't it?


Why Just One Glass a Day For Women?

It's not because woman are physically smaller.

It's because:

  • pound for pound, women have less water in their bodies than men do - so more alcohol enters their bloodstream sooner
  • women have less of the enzyme ALDH2 in their body that is needed to break down the alcohol than men do

Indigenous peoples of North America and Asians (male and female) also share this trait. So no more than one glass a day is recommended. :(


 Do These Studies on Resveratrol in Red Wine Fall Short?

Some of the red wine benefits come from resveratrol. A naturally occurring polyphenolic substance found in grapes and other foods. It's also an antioxidant.

Polyphenolic antioxidants can enhance your health. Which is why resveratrol in red wine has made such a splash. Antioxidants are well known for protecting your bodies' cells from the bad effects of free radicals.


Infographic showing antioxidants surrounding free radical cells.Free radicals don't stand a chance around antioxidants!


Many of the studies were done using cell cultures or mice. Some studies though, used human trials.

What's interesting here, is that even articles written by many critics will admit that resveratrol is a very promising substance. 

Bring on the red wine!


Did you know?

That wine is documented as being the oldest beverage to be used as medicine - ancient Egypt 3150 BC! It was blended with different medicinal plants.


Which Red Wines Have the Most Resveratrol in Them?

Check out my article on resveratrol for the full scoop on this amazing antioxidant. It includes which wines contain the most resveratrol and why, but also which red wine benefits are specific to this polyphenol!

The science of how it interacts with our bodies is still in it's infancy, but it's so cool to watch it all unfold over time. 

It seems like a new study or research paper comes out every 3-4 months touting the health benefits of wine


Why Doesn't White Wine Have the Same Health Benefits as Red Wine?

As tasty as they are, white wine grapes have less of the above beneficial substances like resveratrol and other polyphenols in their skins. 

As well, white wine is made by quickly separating the juice or must from the grape skins. So all of the healthy components in the skins have very little time to "exit" into the juice.


Infogr. of a simple wine making process.


Red wine on the other hand is soaked on the grape skins when wine making. So all of the natural compounds have plenty of time to "leach" into the wine.


Is Eating the Grapes Instead of Drinking the Wine Healthier?

Absolutely.

That's not to say that there are no red wine benefits, but many beneficial substances are lost during the manufacturing process. Although, using a traditional wine making technique would keep more of the resveratrol and other compounds in the wine than a high-tech method would.

Eating food also slows down the rate of absorption, which gives your body more time to harvest the beneficial substances.


Image showing one of the most potent red wine antioxidants - resveratrol.


Wine Gapes Have More Beneficial Substances Like Resveratrol in Them Than Table Grapes 


So why can't you simply run over to the grocery store and buy some wine grapes?

Two reasons:

  1. Wine grapes are only available during the spring and fall, and not usually sold at grocery stores. 
  2. The berries are quite small in some varieties and all wine grapes contain seeds - not something most consumers appreciate.

In my area of Ontario, I can get Concord grapes every now and then at the grocery store when they're in season. They're one of the few table grapes that have a fairly high resveratrol content in them.


Red Wine Helps Your Digestion Too!

As with other substances, your body only accepts a certain amount of polyphenols. Spanish researchers found that some of these polyphenols go to work in your digestive tract.

The benefits include:

  • improved and faster metabolism (to help you burn fat)
  • polyphenols become food for good bacteria
  • increases good bacteria in your digestive tract
  • increase of HDL (good cholesterol)
  • lowers triglyceride levels (plaque buildup in arteries)   

Hmmnn... maybe this contributes to the "French Paradox"?


Zero Calories in Dry Red Wine!!

Sounds bizarre doesn't it?

This is one of those benefits of red wine that many people just can't seem to get their head around. 

Are you trying to justify the red wine calories in your favorite dry vino? Don't lose any sleep over it, there aren't any.

No, you didn't read that incorrectly...

A very determined science author spent thousands of hours researching and proofing what most doctors and academia view as infallible. His book is remarkable. 

Since we're on the topic, there must be some calories in wine for some styles right?

Yup, there is. And plenty of them too. But it all depends on one very important ingredient. 

Sugar.


My Favorite Red Wine Benefit!

There are plenty of red wine benefits to be had, if you drink in moderation. 

The alcohol itself, and the substances like antioxidants and flavonoids within the wine are where the main healthy components lie. 

But really, as the experiments show on mice and cell cultures - you would need a much higher dose of resveratrol than what red wine or other foods have in them, to mimic their results.

Image collage of a mouse, lab equipment and resveratrol tablets.

That leaves supplements... 

Many people are taking resveratrol supplements despite the lack of concrete scientific evidence of how helpful it may be for humans in the long haul.

Yet, I've read numerous reviews of the resveratrol supplement from several sources, and there's a lot of happy people out there who've been taking them for years. Even if it's sometimes a placebo effect.

A Sign of the Times...

Unfortunately, we live in a world of mistrust. Is that certain negative article about resveratrol wrote because the author is affiliated with a large pharmaceutical company?

Are some scientists paid handsomely to fudge or skew data results on a particular study or two? Or to guarantee they continue to receive funds, and cement their future as a research scientist?

Remember, you should always check with your health practitioner before you take any vitamins or supplements. 

Okay, finally!

What's my favorite benefit of drinking red wine?

Pouring and sharing a glass or two of my favorite red, with some people I care about... no study needed!

Enjoy.


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