Health Benefits Of Drinking Red Wine
When it comes to alcohol consumption, red wine tops the list of beverages that you can drink relatively guilt-free due to the numerous health benefits associated with moderate red wine consumption.
According to a recent study conducted by a Spanish university, it was found that wines which were made with high-fibre Tempranillo red grapes can actually help to lower your cholesterol levels. It was also discovered that the antioxidants present in red wine (known as polyphenols) can help to reduce blood clotting, by keeping the blood vessels flexible. This leads to overall improvements in heart health. In moderation, drinking red wine is thought to be almost as effective as aspirin in this respect.
As well as enhancing heart health, red wine can also help in the fight against free radical damage. The polyphenols found in red wine are able to counteract oxidative stress by repairing and preventing damage caused by oxidation.
Red wine contains a key natural compound resveratrol which is responsible for other health benefits of drinking red wine. This compound is found in the skin of red grapes and may help diabetics in their quest to regulate their blood sugar levels. Resveratrol is also thought to help keep your memory sharp, by hampering the formation of beta-amyloid protein. This is a key ingredient in the plaque present in the brains of Alzheimer’s sufferers.
Finally, when consumed in moderation, red wine is thought to have a positive effect on mood, even helping those who suffer from depression. A Spanish study of both men and women found that those who drank between two and seven glasses of red wine per week, had less chance of being diagnosed with depression than those who didn’t drink any red wine at all.
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