Red wine has been prized since the days of ancient Rome and Greece for its amazing taste and relaxing effect. But did you know that it is being revealed that the reason behind the popularity is because of all the amazing health benefits. There are hundreds of varieties of red wine for all to enjoy and for all to gain the benefits. If you have trouble deciding which to choose, considering their healthiness can help you decide which flavor is perfect for you. So sit back, pour yourself a glass and do your body some good.
Because red wine utilizes the entire grape, including seed and skin, it is chock full of powerful, helpful antioxidants. You hear a great deal of information being spread on the importance of antioxidants by modern science, but what do they do? Antioxidants present in red wines like 19 Crimes tend to combat the free radicals that are found in the body. Free radicals are the environmental or dietary agents that bring excess oxygen into the bloodstream. Cells in the body function on a delicate balance of oxygen and other substances, too much oxygen and the cells become damaged, mutated, or die all together. A diet that includes substances high in antioxidants can fight against these free radicals and keep you looking young and healthy.
2. Heart Health
One of these powerful antioxidants is called resveratrol and it can do amazing things for cardiovascular health. Resveratrol can help to increase the amount of HDL cholesterol or “good” cholesterol that absorbs the LDL or “bad” cholesterol in the bloodstream. Even more beneficial, resveratrol can help with inflammation and narrowing of the blood vessels and arteries, reducing the risk of stroke and heart attack. But doctors like to remind that red wine alone cannot provide the same cardiovascular benefits that rich greens or whole wheat grains can.
3. Mental Agility
Research has shown that those that drink a glass of wine per day had lower instances of Parkinson’s and dementia. Supposedly the antioxidants, particularly resveratrol, can help stimulate and protect the nerve cells in the brain. But be sure to remember that having more than one glass of wine can do quite the opposite in terms of mental agility. Be sure to drink in moderation.
4. Dental Protection
Red wine may give you that signature purple smile but turns out red wine can be beneficial to your teeth as well. Because red wines use the entire grape, research has shown that substances found in red wine can help to ward off harmful bacteria in the mouth and teeth. This only applies to red wine as the acidity of white wine can actually damage teeth. If you want to protect the mouth from red wine stains, just be sure to put some chap-stick or Vaseline on your teeth before drinking.
5. Weight Management
Drinking a glass of red wine with your dinner may help you maintain your weight and aid in digestion. Scientists have been providing evidence that drinking wine with dinner increases blood flow through the digestive system so that you feel full sooner and are less likely to overeat. Delicious, heart-healthy, and can help manage your weight, what more could you need?
Whatever variety is your favorite just be sure to enjoy your wine in moderation.