Dr. Ivan explained to me that many studies support the benefits of drinking wine, in moderation, of course, and those benefits includes more than just becoming a social butterfly or being an easy gift for someone. In fact, wine has many more powerful health properties than you think.
First of all, your heart will thank you for drinking wine. Research has shown that drinking wine is linked to lower risk of heart failures and it improves blood pressure. This is because wine contains flavonoids, which are plant-antioxidant compounds present in the skins of grapes used to make wine.
Second, wine can sharpen your mind. For those that are regular alcohol drinkers, research has shown that they have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive issues. This is also due to flavonoids, since they can improve blood flow to the brain and can prevent harmful plaque from developing.
Third, you’ll live a little longer. Long-term research has linked moderate alcohol drinking to people who have healthy habits, such as regular exercise and balanced diets.
Fourth, it’ll benefit your waistline. Although wine can be 120 to 150 calories per 5-ounce glass, it has been shown that moderate alcohol drinkers are less likely to be obese than those who don’t. This may be due to the idea that those who drink in moderation know they cannot indulge in it. Moderation is key! Lastly, raising a glass will lift your spirits. Research has shown that moderate alcohol intake is linked to a better mood!
Are you still not convinced? Well, let me tell you what TRULY will convince you to drink more wine…
I’m going to share with you the ONE compound found in wine that will make you run to the store and buy a bottle of wine for tonight.
The good news for wine lovers is that wine is filled in a super powerful antioxidant called resveratrol. In fact, this compound has been actively studied for over 20 years, since it was found to be abundant in red wine. As an antioxidant, resveratrol helps protect cell damage from free radicals, may raise HDL, or good, cholesterol, protect blood vessels from damage, prevent blood clots and reduce risk of diabetes.
A study by John Hopkins University, concludes that resveratrol levels may be a key player in protecting the brain during a stroke by elevating specific enzyme levels. Research at Cornell University indicates that resveratrol has the unique ability to decrease plaque formation in animal brains as they age, highlighting the potential for the same in Alzheimer’s patient.
Moreover, according to the free radical theory of aging, first outlined in 1956, free radicals break cells down over time. Life, stress, UV damage, pathogens, pollution, and environmental toxins comprise the list of free radical producers. These free radicals have one goal and that is to inflict as much cellular or oxidative damage as possible to an organism in its ongoing effort to gain a stabilization. Free radicals are frequently blamed for everything from the aging process to the degradation of heart health, immune response, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.
Thankfully, a diet rich in antioxidants (in this case, resveratrol) can step in to help render free radicals neutral.
Now that you have clear understanding of why you should be drinking more wine, in moderation, I’m going to tell you which wines have the highest resveratrol content: Malbec, Petite Sirah, St. Laurent and my personal favorite: Pinot Noir.
Although more research needs to be done on the necessary amount of wine to obtain optimal benefits, it is crucial to remember that moderation and quality is key! Do not go crazy and drink an entire bottle of wine, but do increase your wine consumption!
If you’re wondering where I get my personal selection… I get it from my friend Chris Egner at www.scoutandcellar.com/ChrisEgner and if you contact her by email: firstname.lastname@example.org don’t forget to mention AnaVBK. She’ll give you 10% OFF for 6-11 bottles and 20% OFF for 12 or more bottles ordered.
Time to be a hero and rescue some wine trapped in a bottle.
Notes from: MayoClinic.com
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