Is Red Wine Really Good For You?

Oct 5, 2017 | Blog, Did you know?, Dietitian, Educating the community, Patient Club

Red-Wine

Health benefits of red wine have been debated for some time now. Some believe that a glass of wine each day is good for a healthy heart while others think they are overrated.

While the internet is flooded with information that claims consumption of a moderate quantity of red wine lowers the risk of several heart diseases, the question that arises is “How much is moderate?”.

Let’s know more about what is red wine and how is it made?

redwine-1Red wine is made by crushing and fermenting dark-colored, whole grapes with alcohol content that ranges from 12–15%.

Redwine has a high amount of powerful antioxidants hence consuming moderate amounts of red wine has been shown to have health benefits.

Some people believe that red wine is responsible for the good health of the French population and that it is the main explanation for the French paradox.

Grapes are a rich source of antioxidants such as catechin, resveratrol,  epicatechin, and proanthocyanidins.

Proanthocyanidins reduces oxidative damage in the body and prevents heart disease and cancer.

Resveratrol is present in the grape skin which is believed to be very effective in fighting inflammation and blood clotting, as well as reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer.

However, the resveratrol content of red wine is rather low. One would have to consume several bottles per day to fetch the benefits and hence is not recommended, for obvious reasons.

People who drink approximately 145 ml (5 oz) of red wine twice a week seem to be at about a 32% lower risk than non-drinkers. Drinking small amounts of red wine may reduce the risk of heart disease by helping to retain the “good” HDL cholesterol in the blood. Oxidative damage and the oxidation of the “bad” LDL cholesterol may also be reduced by up to 50%. However, high amounts may increase the risk as well.

Other benefits of Red Wine:

  • Reduces risk for cancer
  • Reduces risk of dementia
  • Reduces risk of depression
  • Reduces Insulin resistance

ConclusionRed-wine

Despite red wine being linked with some health benefits, none of them are worthy of encouraging alcohol consumption. There are multiple other effective ways to improve your health that doesn’t require you to consume something that can be harmful. However, if you are already drinking red wine, then there’s no need to stop.

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