From scriptures to secret laneway bars, red wine has long been a staple of western society. Be it to fuel creativity, set the mood, or impel discourse, its powers as a provocateur are beyond question. But there are often misplaced fears pertaining to the adverse health implications associated with this fruit of Dionysus. While an excess of anything is never ideal, red wine in moderation can have a range of positive effects on ones physiological wellness. Below are the top reasons that glass of vino may actually be pretty darn great for you.
It helps your looks.
Red wine does wonders for your skin. According to the recent studies, red wine retards the aging process thus reducing wrinkles from your face. This is largely due to the presence of antioxidants which have the ability to destroy those harmful free radicals in your body. Antioxidants called polyphenols or flavanols are present in higher concentrations in wine than regular grapes themselves. These stimulate the secretion of an enzyme called sirtuin, promoting cell regeneration and DNA repair. In addition to this, a hormone called melatonin also functions as an antioxidant in wine. As a result, a healthy dose of red can make your skin glow and make it look youthful by preventing the early signs of aging.
It helps with cholesterol.
Resveratrol reduces the excess saturated fat accumulation in the arteries. Studies have shown that red wine, which contains large amounts of flavonoids and saponins, protects you from a number of cardiovascular disorders. This has also been primarily demonstrated by epidemiological studies. Red wine can assist in raising the level of HDL cholesterol – commonly known as the “good cholesterol.” The enzymes within also help reduce the presence of chemicals which are responsible for the formation of blood clots in arteries. Red wine, additionally, also lowers the LDL cholesterol, usually referred as the “bad cholesterol.”
It helps your mind.
Another fascinating attribute of this eau de vie is its marvelous impacts on mental health. There has been a demonstrated correlation between red wine and improved memory, as well as reduces stress levels. It has also been shown to reduce the likelihood of the development of both Alzheimer’s (similar to dementia) and Parkinson’s disease, by aiding the formation of new nerve cells.
Additionally, melatonin, a constituent of grapes, is also known for regulating the sleep-wake cycle. Our body produces melatonin naturally according to our body clock. However, in cases of disrupted sleep cycles – be it late-nighters or jetlags – a glass of red can often be the easiest remedy.
It helps your heart.
As resveratrol prevents the formation of blood clots, it ultimately protects you from strokes or myocardiac infractions (aka. heart-attacks) as well as ischemic strokes, which are primarily caused by obstructions within ones blood vessels. Beyond facilitating the healthy function of ones neurological and cardiovascular systems, red wine also prevents the onset of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis. With diabetic patients being prone to greater risks of developing heart diseases, red wine proves double beneficial.
It helps with just about everything else.
Studies on red wine have shown that it hardens the tooth enamel and prevents tooth decay, while lowering the risk of gum inflammation. A separate report in the American Journal of Epidemiology claimed that individuals who drank red wine were 44 percent less likely to catch colds than those who did not. Moderate consumption of this delectable inebriant may also successfully reduce the risk of lung cancer and breast cancer, aided by the presence of quercetin. To compliment this, certain chemicals in wine may also play a part in slowing the growth of cancerous cells. It halves the probability of prostate cancer by inhibiting the development of tumors and regulating the normal growth of cells.
While moderation is the key – as with most things – with a range of benefits this abundant and varietals this scrumptious, the arguments against a good drop are far and few in-between. So toss the apple and grab a glass. Be it a toothache or sobriety on a Friday evening – this ambrosia might be just what the doctor ordered.
Ace Mamun is the founder of The Socialites lifestyle network. When he’s not half way through an astrophysics debate, you may spot him painting the town red with his team at The Plus Ones, while they work their way through rather sizable glasses of red (in pursuit of health, of course).
This article is an excerpt from the upcoming book ‘The Good in the Bad – The secret perks of our many vices.’