There are many studies which report a number of beneficial effects of red wine on human health like the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, lowering blood pressure and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels. One glass of wine after a meal will do wonders for our body, but it is important to stress that having more than 300 ml of red wine can have the reverse effects due to ethanol which will cancel out all beneficial effects of other compounds in red wine. Red wine has much more valuable nutrients than the white wine which is probably the reason why is it so welcomed in the Mediterranean diet and recommended for everyday use. The main ingredient in red wine which is a true health-booster is resveratrol, a polyphenol common in all red wines and known as a powerful antioxidant. Red wine is also rich in minerals like zinc, phosphorus, potassium, iron, magnesium and copper. In addition, it is rich in vitamins A, E, vitamins that make up B-vitamin complex and vitamin K.
Here is a list of some health benefits of red wine:
Lowers bad cholesterol levels – resveratrol lowers bad cholesterol levels which cause the formation of plaque in artery walls having high blood pressure or heart attack as a potential consequence. It reduces blood pressure, especially non-alcohol red wine, thereby protecting the entire cardiovascular system. Many studies have shown that resveratrol prevents heart attack and stroke, angina pectoris and high blood pressure (hypertension). Moreover, red wine is rich in vitamin E which is known to protect artery and vein tissue, thus prevents many cardiovascular diseases.
Weight loss – red wine has proven to be very effective when it comes to losing weight. Around 100 ml of red wine has an average of 85 kcal. At the Institute of Technology in Massachusetts some studies have shown that certain compounds in red wine activate the gene responsible for the development of new fat cells and elimination of already existing ones.
Ally aginst depression – resveratrol has been evidenced as a great “tool” for coping with depression. Resveratrol stimulates endorphin secretion, the so-called “hormone of happiness” serving as an additional way to combat depression and stress. Therefore, if you happen to be in a bad mood or suffer from depression, remember that one glass of wine can be of great assistance, but of course, make sure to stop at one drink per day because anything beyond can lead to reverse effects.
Antioxidant activity – red wine is loaded with polyphenols, strong antioxidants, which eliminate toxins from cells and protect the body cells from free radical damages playing a major part in the development of numerous illnesses and premature aging. Thought white wine has plenty of antioxidants as well, red wine contains up to 10 times more.
Prevents tumor – researchers from Leicester University in Great Britain have proven that the consumption of red wine can decrease the risk of colorectal cancer for 50 per cent. Resveratrol treatment can also inhibit tumor cell growth.
These are only some of the health benefits linked to moderate red wine consumption. Just think how researchers from the University of Alberta discovered that resveratrol found in red wine has equally favorable effects on the heart as gym exercise. All being said, we suggest you to enrich your meal with a glass of red wine and enjoy numerous health benefits that were known even to the ancient Egyptians.
Translation: G. Dujmović