Health Benefits of Red Wine

Thursday, 18 Nov 2010 03:10 PM

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For many years now, doctors have been prescribing the consumption of red wine for its various health benefits. Red wine can change your life and make you live longer because of some of the ingredients that are present. These ingredients are red wine polyphenols, anthocyanins, and an antioxidant resveratrol. Each of these has its own positive effect on health.
 
We all know that antioxidants promote health. Numerous studies have been performed on the role of antioxidants in preventing (or reducing the risk of) heart diseases, cancer, hypertension, etc. One of the most significant antioxidants in red wine is resveratrol, a compound found in the seeds and skin of grapes. Red wine contains unusually large amounts of resveratrol. The health benefits of antioxidants, including resveratrol, are many, but some of the most remarkable ones include alteration of blood lipid levels, prevention of blood clots that cause heart attacks, and combating against cancer.

Resveratrol is important because of its cholesterol metabolism abilities. This helps lower the risk of hypertension and heart disease. So, if your regular diet is not providing you with sufficient antioxidants, red wine is a good option.
 
Polyphenols, the second most significant ingredient in red wine, is another remarkable substance that happens to be an antioxidant. This antioxidant helps maintain the elasticity of blood vessels and therefore lowers the chance of heart attack and reduces the risk of heart diseases. Polyphenols have anti-aging properties that prevent the body from undergoing undue internal damage at a cellular level. In fact, the concentration of polyphenols found in red wine is higher than that in actual grape juice. This makes polyphenols one of the most characteristic substances of red wine.

Anthocyanins, a third important ingredient of red wine, may help prevent coronary heart disease.
 
Red wine has various other health benefits including:
  1. It aids in digestion by neutralizing damaging compounds present in fast food.
  2. Red wine is a gentle tranquilizer and can help an individual cope with stress.
  3. It may help treat Alzheimer’s disease.
  4. May prevent cavities.

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