Health Benefits of Drinking Red Wine

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“Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.” — Louis Pasteur

Many of us have done our fair share of drinking red wine since COVID started almost two years ago. We stocked up on the essentials of TP, Clorox wipes, and plenty of wine. And for those of us wondering why red wine may be healthier than white, the answer is in the grape skins. It’s good to be reminded of the health benefits of drinking red wine since it is a favorite pastime of so many.

Studies have shown that consuming a moderate amount of red wine—which has an alcohol content of 12% to 15%—on a daily basis helps in the prevention of a number of diseases, including heart disease.

Red wine…

Is rich in antioxidants: Darker grapes are higher in antioxidants, which are mainly responsible for keeping us healthy and protecting our cells from damage.

Keeps the heart healthy: A certain type of antioxidant present in red wines prevents unwanted clotting by keeping the blood vessels flexible.

Reduces risk of cancer: Regular and moderate consumption of red wine can effectively reduce the risks of certain types of cancers, such as basal cell, colon, prostate carcinoma, and ovarian to name a few.

Keeps memory sharp: Wondering how to keep your memory sharp? The resveratrol in red wines inhibits the formation of beta-amyloid protein, a key ingredient found in the brain plaque of people with Alzheimer’s.

Is a positive for the digestive system: The antibacterial nature of red wine enables it to treat stomach irritation and other digestive disorders. Wine consumption has also proven to reduce the risk of infection from Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium usually found in the stomach.

It should be noted that there is a fine line between moderate and excessive drinking. Too much consumption of wine can be detrimental to health. It is recommended to have no more than two glasses per day, and women should skip some days during the week. Please consult a physician for guidelines for health and wine consumption.