Do bottles of Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon take up the majority of space in your home wine cellar?
If so, it’s probably safe to assume that you’re a passionate lover of red wine. Did you know that your glass of red, sipped with your hearty dinner meal or enjoyed with a smart pairing of crackers and cheese, could benefit your health?
Good to know: Red wine contains powerful antioxidants, called flavonoids, which may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
What are flavonoids?
These are antioxidants found in the skin and seeds of red grapes, which the Yale-New Haven Hospital states can lessen the risk of coronary heart disease in three ways.
These include boosting high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol – otherwise known as ‘good cholesterol’ – reducing the production of low density lipoprotein (LDL) – the ‘bad cholesterol’ – and reducing blood clotting.
How could a glass of red benefit me?
Various studies have been conducted about the health benefits of red wine, with many pointing out the antioxidant advantages of wine.
1) Regulate blood sugar
Prevention Magazine article says that the skin of red grapes (a good source of red wine’s natural compound resveratrol) may help to control blood sugar, which is of particular benefit to diabetics.
The findings of a study published in the journal Nutrition, found that participants who took a 250mg resveratrol supplement once a day for three months recorded lower blood glucose levels than those who hadn’t taken the pill.
The researchers suspected that resveratrol could help activate a protein that regulates glucose and insulin sensitivity.
2) Moderate intake of red wine can boost heart disease defence system
When assessing the health benefits of red wine, research seems to largely focus on the maintenance of a healthy heart.
Refinery 29, in an article with Samantha Lynch of New York City’s Samantha Lynch Nutrition, pointed out that wine is “so healthy” because it contains grapes, natural phenolics, antioxidants and polyphenols.
According to the lifestyle website, research has shown that one to two glasses a day are linked to, on average, a 12 per cent increase in HDL (good cholesterol).
“Drinking a moderate amount of red wine daily can boost your heart disease defense system by decreasing inflammation and lowering blood pressure, too,” said Lynch.
“Recent studies have shown that alcohol – and red wine in particular – may potentially decrease the risk of colon cancer and prostate cancer if consumed in moderation.”
Did you know? However, your sparkling, whites and reds aren’t all the same when it comes to health benefits. Red wines are said to contain eight times as many flavonoids as white wine, so you can be sure that you’re doing your heart a favour the next time you take a sip!
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