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Health Benefits Of Drinking Red Wine

Updated on February 16, 2014
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It has been quite the debate, but after ten years of research, it has been shown that drinking a glass of red wine each day will not only provide you with relaxation, but can also provide some great health benefits as well. Because of antioxidants that are present in the skins and the seeds of the grapes, red drinks have a specific positive effect on heart health. With a little education about red grapes and what to drink, you can further understand how it could benefit your health to have a drink each day.

Flavanoids

Flavanoids are the antioxidants in red grapes. They have been known to decrease the chances that someone will have coronary heart disease. There are three ways that they do this. They are not typically found in white wines, but there is some evidence that wines rich in antioxidants, such as Moscato, can have great benefits to your health. See also "What is Moscato Wine"

· Bad cholesterol (or low density lipoprotein cholesterol) production is reduced with the flavanoids.

· Good cholesterol (or high density lipoprotein cholesterol) is increased with flavanoids.

· Blood clotting has decreased in people who consume drinks with these flavanoids.

Another antioxidant, resveratrol, is also in the skins of red grapes. Tumor development has been inhibited in some cancers in people who moderately drank red drinks. Studies indicate that resveratrol was responsible because the nerve cells were formed with its help.

Effective Red Wines With Health Benefits

Knowing which reds to drink could also help you to reap the most benefits. To see which drinks had the highest amount of flavanoids, the University of California at Davis conducted a test. The highest ranking red that had the highest concentration of flavanoids was the California Cabernet Sauvignon. Petit Syrah and Pinot Noir, and Merlot Wines also have high concentrations of flavanoids. In conclusion to the study, researchers stated that dry red wine is the best as far as flavanoid count goes.

Quantity?

Now that you understand a little bit more about flavanoids and which drinks have the highest concentrations, you might wonder how much you should consumer to reap the health benefits associated with the drinks. Men can consumer one or two, four-ounce servings each day, whereas women should only consumer one, four-ounce serving per day in order to possibly feel the health benefits of red wine. hopefully these helpful facts about wine and health will influence your next wine purchase

Anytime you are drinking alcohol, it is important to note that you should drink responsibly. Getting overly excited about the health benefits and not paying attention to the quantity that you should consume could get dangerous. If you are not currently a drinker of alcohol, you might want to find other means whereby to improve your health. If you think drinking alcohol will help, be sure that you take every precaution associated with the responsibility of drinking.

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    • Web World Watcher profile imageAUTHOR

      Web World Watcher 

      5 years ago

      Thanks DzyMsLizzy, you might say wine is something of a passion of mine so expect more of this content in the coming months.

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      Liz Elias 

      6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Well put. It has long been noted that in spite of their rich diets, the French have notoriously low rates of heart disease. Guess what? They normally drink red wine with their meals! It has long been known as "The French Paradox."

      Good article--right to the point. Voted up and interesting.

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