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Red Wine the Benefits

Updated on January 10, 2014

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Benefits of Red Wine

Red wines there are so many reasons to love them, but now you have medicinal reasons to love it also. If you are looking to justify your love of red wine you have come to the right place!

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to host exchange students from all around the world, including France. In France wine is served at meals as we would serve sodas. It’s a large part of the French diet; it is served with cheese, butter, rich meats, pates, and other high fat items. However, the French have a much lower risk of heart disease than that of Americans. Why, we wonder, and how can that be possible? Researchers began to ask these questions and began a study on the effects of red wine. They suspected, and they were correct, that red wine was the reason for this fact.

History of Red Wine

One of the first written words about wine goes back to the Old Testament of the bible. It states that when Noah’s ark landed one of the first things they did was to clear the land for a vineyard so they could make wine.

Archeologists have unearthed pottery containing wine residue that goes back to around 5,000 BC. After the fall of the Roman Empire, wine making started to decline. However, during the Dark Ages monks revived the practice. Monks planted some of the finest vineyards and some of them are still producing grapes.

What’s in Red Wine?

As I have just told you red wine is good for you, to an extent. It contains heart-healthy antioxidants such as proanthocyanidins, epicatechin, catechin, and resveratrol. Resveratrol is contained in the grape skins; this is what makes red wine healthier for you than white wine. No grape skins, no resveratrol, in white wine the skins are removed from the process before they can color the wine.

Grape seeds contain proanthocyanidins, potent antioxidants which contain anti-inflammatory effects. This helps to decrease DNA damage and it appears they are better at scavenging free radicals and preventing oxidative cell damage to the brain and liver tissues than other antioxidants.

What’s the Verdict?

Scientific studies have revealed that resveratrol may be the key to a long life. During these studies they have concluded that drinking red wine regularly in moderation helps to protect against heart attacks, this is especially true for women.

Wine or Grape Juice?

Studies have also shown that without the alcohol your body can’t absorb the resveratrol. However, grape juice can help to protect you in other ways. It can help to lower blood pressure and has shown a positive effect on the amount of antioxidants in the blood. People who drink grape juice tend to have a lower incident of age-related diseases.

Tips:

  1. Never drink or cook with the red “cooking” wines you find in the condiments section of the supermarket. These are generally poor quality and are loaded down with sodium.

  2. Rules of thumb, if you wouldn’t drink it don’t cook with it.

  3. The average pinot noir has two times as much resveratrol as other red wines, with merlot and cabernet sauvignon coming in a close second.

  4. Uses: cold sores, blood sugar control, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart and artery health, and longevity.

Studies have also shows evidence that red wine can boost your brain power. Resveratrol may be the key to this. A compound in the resveratrol seems to slow down or hamper the formation of betaamyloid protein; this is the key ingredient in the plaque found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.

Velzipmur aka Shelly Wyatt

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Cooking with wine

Wine can enhance the flavor of many different foods. My favorite meat to use it with it beef, but it can be used with others also. Always cook with a wine that you would drink, that assures you the wine is good enough for you to cook with.

You can flavor your favorite recipe with the same amount of red wine that you would add a spice. For me, I choose my favorite wine (red or white) and add it liberally to the recipe. I especially like to use it when I cook a brisket in the slow cooker. The amount you use is completely up to you.

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Health Benefits of Red Wine

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