The Health Benefits Of Red Wine

health consuming wine  %tages The Health Benefits Of Red WineRecently, researchers have found that moderate red wine consumption may be beneficial to more than just your heart. One study found that the antioxidant resveratrol, which is prevalent in the skin of red grapes, may inhibit tumor development in some cancers. Another study indicated that resveratrol aided in the formation of nerve cells, which experts believe may be helpful in the treatment of neurological diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Which wines should you consume to reap the most benefits?

Researchers at the University of California, at Davis tested a variety of wines to determine which types have the highest concentrations of flavonoids. Their results concluded that the flavonoid favorite is Cabernet Sauvignon, followed closely by Petit Syrah and Pinot Noir. Both Merlots and red zinfandels have fewer flavonoids than their more potent predecessors. White wine had significantly smaller amounts than the red wine varieties. The bottom line is the sweeter the wine, the fewer the flavonoids. Dryer red wines are your best bet for a flavonoid boost.

How much red wine should I drink?

health consuming wine  %tages The Health Benefits Of Red WineA four-ounce glass of wine is equivalent to one serving. Men will benefit from consuming one to two servings per day. Women should consume only one serving per day to reap the maximum benefits. This is not to say that you should start drinking alcohol if you presently do not. Occasional or binge drinkers have higher mortality rates than those who drink moderately on a regular basis. In those who consume three or more drinks per day, there is an increased risk for elevated serum triglycerides (fat in the bloodstream). Long-term, excessive alcohol consumption can damage nerve cells, the liver and the pancreas. Heavy drinkers are also at risk for malnutrition, as alcohol may substitute for more nutritious foods.

What if I have other health problems?

Recommendations to consume moderate amounts of wine are limited to individuals with a clean bill of health. It is clear that people with medical and social conditions worsened by alcohol should not consume any alcohol at all. Hyperglycemia, pancreatitis, liver disease, uncontrolled hypertension, depression and congestive heart failure are diseases that may be worsened by alcohol. Those individuals at risk for these conditions should consult with their physician before consuming any alcohol at all.

What about grape juice and non alcoholic red wine?

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin concluded that purple grape juice also reduced blood clotting. Another study by researchers at University of California at Davis, confirmed the findings that non alcoholic red wine contains the same antioxidant profile as red wine. However after following study, Japanese researchers found that while grape juice still had antioxidant benefits, it did not significantly lower LDL cholesterol levels compared to red wine.

The debate continues on whether it is the components of the wine, the way the wine is consumed, or the lifestyle traits that is the most responsible for the long healthy lives of many wine drinkers. However, the evidence seems clear that regular, moderate consumption of red wine is beneficial to your health.

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  1. I have thought about getting some red wine for it’s health benefits. I thought I would have a glass in the evening. I don’t drink anything (beer, wine coolers, etc) so I have no idea which red wine would be “soft” enough for me. I have had sips of wine at like Olive Garden and those were very strong. I thought they actually tasted like stinky feet! Anyway, I just want a daily red wine that isn’t too strong. Any suggestions?

  2. I keep hearing about these great health benefits from drinking a glass of red wine every day. Can I just drink some grape juice and get the same health benefits?

  3. Red wine is supposed to be beneficial for the heart and arteries and is supposed to relieve some of the damage done by fatty/high cholesteral foods. It is beeter to drink it with dinner to get these benefits.

  4. It’s Common Knowledge That The MODERATE Consumption Of Red/Rose Wine Is Very Beneficial To One’s Health. What About Red Sparkling Grape Juice? Is This Non-Alcoholic Beverage similar in antioxidant content and other things? The Taste Seems To Be Somewhat Comparable…

  5. I dont drink alcohol at all but I want to start due to all the reports of health benefits. Is this a good idea? Am I gonna become an alcoholic? Are health benefits better than not drinking any? Where can I buy cheap red wine under $5? Brand?

  6. Carbohydrates in alcohol (beer, at least) have been found to have supplementary effects in an exercise program. Red wine is considered a moderate source of antioxidants. Arguments are constantly made for the healthy properties of every type of alcohol- in exception of whiskey. In your opinion, and based on your knowledge of human physiology, what is the healthiest source of alcohol available? Alternatively, or additionally, what is the healthiest method of consumption?

    • Matthew, my opinion is that drinking moderate mount of red wine is the best source for being healthy what our mother-nature gave for us.

  7. I have heard that red wine offers some health benefits. I enjoy an occasional drink during the evening. Now I know that red wine is a better than white wine or other alcoholic drinks. Thanks.

  8. I’ve always loathed the idea of ever getting drunk, and find it foolish to define as one of the aspects of reaching adulthood having had one’s first alcoholic drink. Unless the supposed health benefits of some drinks, such as red wine, cannot be found elsewhere, why the desire to ever drink these beverages? Is man so in need of escape and pleasure that he cannot be dissuaded by the dangers his pursuit entails? I’m not for banning it, I just don’t understand why people canno rationalize away from it, given the ample evidence of how destructive it is. How many of us can maintain moderate consumption, and is it smart to try? Franly, I think I should have the right to beat you into a bloody mess if you get drunk and cause harm to me or someone I care about. I know many of you will be offended by this, and that’s your right. I just don’t understand the idolization.

  9. On the surface, my mother is by no means the stereotyped dysfunctional, sloppy, alcoholic archetype dowsing her morning coffee with Jack Daniels. She has successfully raised four college-educated children by herself and has spent the last 25 years working 40+ hours a week as an ER nurse, so she is functional in every sense of the word. While I was growing up, my mother was what most would describe as a moderate drinker; she would have 1-2 glasses of wine with dinner, but to my knowledge never drank to the point of deliriousness. I started to notice a change in her drinking habits around my senior year of high school (I am the youngest child.) She would sip wine until the point she was “tired,” and instead of making a proper dinner every night like I’d grown accustomed to, she would graze the kitchen eating snack foods. This is now part of her nightly ritual, complete with making emotional phone calls to friends and family. But lately she’s been drinking close to a bottle of red wine a night, and my concern is that this is such a drastic change in amount of consumption. I hesitate to freely dub this a “drinking problem” as she is still working just as hard as ever and save for her emotional drunk dials, she seems pretty happy. What I’d like to know is whether or not this sounds like a drinking problem and to what extent I should be concerned, if at all. And if it IS a problem, is there anything I can do as her son to help her?

  10. Everyone has heard that a glass of red wine per day is ‘healthy’ but what are the potential unhealthy factors? Liver problems? Brain dependency?

  11. Polyphenols in red wine act on blood cholesterol which may assist to protect against heart attacks. To see if moderate red wine consumption increases the mean blood level of polyphenols, a simple random sample of nine healthy men was selected.The blood level of polyphenols of males was measured before and after drinking half a bottle of red wine per day for one week. The % change in the blood level of polyphenols for the 9 men were: 0.7, 3.5, 4, 4.9, 5.5, 7, 7.4

  12. I recently learned of the health benefits of red wine,but I cant order any while out,because I dont want to look foolish and unsophisticated.It also comes in handy washed down with a midol for those really crappy days! .Im sick of buying wine coolers,like that cheap “Boones Farm”or “boxed wine at the liquor store.Its embarrassing!

  13. I enjoy a lot of white wines but the health benefits of a red wine are much more appealing, so I drink a bottle of red wine for every weekend.

  14. I’ve been reading about the anti-aging benefits of having a glass of red wine everyday but haven’t found any suggestions as to what type of red wine is best to drink. I’ve read that wines high in tannins and wines made from muscadine grapes are better.

  15. All of the time, you hear about the health benefits of red wine. But why is it so much better than red grape juice? The only difference is the fermentation process, but if the beneficial flavanoids and reservatrol is present in the raw grapes, it doesn’t seem that the fermentation process is necessary. Can anyone explain this to me? Well I wonder why red wine gets all of the publicity then? It’s almost like the wineries and vineyards are behind this. Or perhaps it is because scientists are just overly eager to find a link between the health of southern French residents and their diet?

  16. I know that there are health benefits to drinking red wine in moderation, such as it contains anti-oxidants and can help lower blood pressure, but can you get any vitamins from drinking red wine, or does the process of it being made into alcohols strip it of it’s nutrients?

  17. My moms doctor told her that she has to drink a glass of red wine every night to get her good cholesterol levels up a little. What would be the best red wine for that? And it has to taste good.

  18. I tend to drink white because red wine is too strong for me. The oak is especially a turn off but for health benefits, I would like to start drinking red wine more.

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