Before I start, I want to remind everyone that you must be 21 or older to consume alcoholic beverages. No one under the age of 21 should consume an alcoholic drink because it is illegal.
Red wine contains antioxidants, the main one being Resveratrol, which is found in the skin of the red grapes that are used to make red wine. Resveratrol “increases the levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol) and protects against artery damage.” (Mayo Clinic). Studies on the effects and benefits of Resveratrol have been done on animals, mainly mice and pigs. The results of the studies on the mice reveal that the antioxidant can protect them from obesity and diabetes. The results of the studies done on pigs reveal that Resveratrol increased the body’s ability to create insulin.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF RED WINE
The team spent 10 weeks feeding mice a high-fat diet. Once they were chubby enough, half of them were given extracts from red wine Pinot noir grapes, while the other half had a general blend of “mouse chow.” The wined-and-dined mice not only stored less liver fat, but they also had lower blood sugar. It turns out ellargic acids inside a vineyard’s grapes have the power to delay the growth of fat cells and slow the development of new ones.
5 Buzz-Worthy Benefits Of Red Wine:
- Memory Protection Against Alzheimer’s Disease: The powerful antioxidant resveratrol protects against cell damage and prevents age-related mental decline.
- Mimics Gym Time: Resveratrol is also responsible for heart-healthy benefits, including improved physical performance and muscle strength. It also mimics cardiovascular enhancements similar to exercise. But the benefits are limited, so don’t always trade in your cardio for cabernet.
- Cancer Treatment: Researchers aren’t exactly sure how, but another active antioxidant in red wine known as quercetin works against cancer cells, according to the American Cancer Society. It helps to induce natural cell death in certain types of cancers, most often colon cancer.
- Promotes Long Life: Red wine drinkers have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or vodka drinkers, according to a 29-year-long study. Resveratrol is the polyphenol that could be responsible for its longevity benefits. But researchers think any diet rich in polyphenols, which are known to protect against the development of chronic diseases — they’re found amply in red wine — could be why.
- Lowers Risk Of Heart Disease and Stroke: Red wine tannins, which are what make red wine the color red, contain procyanidins — known for protecting against heart disease. Resveratrol also helps to remove chemicals responsible for causing blood clots, which is the primary cause of coronary disease. A daily dose of red wine cuts blood clot-related stroke rates by 50 percent.