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GOOD FOR THE HEART: RED WINE BENEFITS

Ever heard of the French paradox? It’s perhaps one of the most complex health phenomena researched, and it refers to a particular group of people who live in certain parts of France where red wine is a staple during meals.

It has been discovered that the inhabitants of these areas have fewer cases of coronary heart disease even though it has been studied that their lifestyles make them considerably susceptible to the disease compared to people living in the United States.

It is still debatable if, indeed, red wine offers many health benefits. Recent studies have shown that consuming moderate amounts of red wine, with an alcohol content of 12% to 15% provides health benefits, including:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Hypertension
  • Metabolic syndrome

However, sometimes, wine gets a bad rep, and for sure, it can be hazardous to your health, and this may be because you made some terrible life choices because of it, but if you drink wine in moderation, it will improve your life and your health, in a lot of ways.

In case you are wondering how here are a few benefits of red wine.

Reduces the risk of Dementia

According to a study carried out by researchers from Loyola University Medical Center in the U.S, moderate drinkers are 23% less likely to develop Dementia. While this study is valid, the lead researcher in this study, Professor Edward J Naefsey, states that they do not recommend nondrinkers to start drinking.

Lowers Cholesterol

Tempranillo grapes that are popular for making certain types of red wine have a significant impact on our cholesterol level. This was discovered after a study that was done by a scientist from Universidad Complutense de Madrid.  Those who participated in the research and consumed the same grape supplements that are found in red wine noticed that their harmful cholesterol levels decreased by up to 9%.

Those with high cholesterol experienced a drop of up to 12%. So what happens? Well, excess bad cholesterol (LDL) end up getting deposited in the arterial walls forming plaque, this causes the arteries to stiffen, and the individual’s blood pressure will increase, that will, in the long run, lead to a heart attack.

Protects your heart

Apart from lowering bad cholesterol, the polyphenols that are the antioxidants that are found in red wine can keep your blood vessels flexible, reducing the risk of unwanted clotting. However, it’s advisable to regulate your drinking since chronic heavy drinking in itself damages the heart.

Brain Booster

Resveratrol may also be vital to keeping your memory sharp; this is according to research carried out by scientists at Litwin-Zucker Research Center in New York. It is believed that resveratrol prevents beta-amyloid protein formation, which is one of the key ingredients found in plaque that has been discovered in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s.

According to Phillippe Marambaud, Ph.D., a scientist from the same institution; doing a crossword puzzle or brain teasers for an hour and cooling it down with a glass of wine will do a great deal in boosting your brain function.

Stop Cancer

Researchers at the University of Virginia, also discovered that drinking wine three to four times in a week might be a good habit since the resveratrol that it contains will ultimately starve the nascent cancer cells. Scientists conducting a study medicated human cancer cells with resveratrol that is found in grapes and found out that this compound directly repressed the critical action of cancer feeding cells.

Sources

Science Daily

US National Library of Medicine

Nature.com

PubMed.gov