Is red wine actually good for you? There are few things I can think about more satisfying then having a glass of wine at the end of a long day. While I do not recommend anyone start drinking red wine JUST for health benefits, there are studies that suggest the occasional glass is will not harm you.
The 411 on Red Wine…
Heart health- Red wine is full of healthy antioxidants that may help prevent heart disease in the same way fruits and vegetables do. It is suspected that the flavonoids are one group of antioxidants responsible for raising “good” cholesterol levels and protecting the arteries. That’s not all though; antioxidants called polyphenols have the potential to protect blood vessel lining too!
Memory- Resveratrol is a polyphenol found in red wine that helps protect cell damage that has been linked to age-related mental problems such as Alzheimer’s disease. Some studies have shown that resveratrol can improve communication in part of brain that is responsible for memory. Resveratrol is also found in dark chocolate, so don’t be afraid to enjoy a little with a glass of red wine.
Blood sugar regulation- A study done on a group of overweight individuals showed that resveratrol reduced the levels of a blood sugar marker after six months of taking resveratrol. Because Alzheimer’s disease is now being linked to diabetes and blood sugar problems, its no wonder that resveratrol also has an effect on blood sugar regulation.
Healthy aging- Damaging free radicals are responsible for aging and age-related diseases. The antioxidants found in red wine help fight those free radicals, similar to the way antioxidants in fruits and vegetables do. Some researchers suggest that it’s not just the chemical properties of red wine that improve aging, but the behaviors drinking wine produces. Just one glass can help reduce stress and enhance feel good feelings after a long day.
A Little More...
If you don’t enjoy a glass of wine every now and then currently, there’s no reason to start. You can gain many of the same benefits from a healthy diet. Anything rich in color such as red cabbage, red grapes, blue berries, and raspberries contain antioxidants. However, if you enjoy a glass here and there and want to incorporate it in a healthy way, here are a few things you’ll want to know.
The type of wine matters.
Studies have shown that Cabernet Sauvignon contains the most flavonoids, followed by Pinot Noir, then red zinfandels and Merlots. If you forget the specifics, just remember that dryer wines offer the most benefits. Organic wines are best in order to avoid the chemicals often sprayed on grape skins as well as sulfates.
Watch the ounces.
Just 4 oz of red wine has been shown to be beneficial, so don’t use stress as an excuse to have a whole bottle alone in the name of health! One glass with dinner each night or a few glasses a week will do it. Consuming too much red wine will have a negative effect on your health and beauty.
Shakera Leigh Halford is a holistic health coach, yoga instructor, fitness instructor and beauty professional. She is passionate about helping women learn how to become the best version of themselves. She teaches women how to balance family, health and beauty though her amazing wellness and weight loss programs.