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Wine: its therapeutical uses

Updated on February 16, 2015

Wine: its therapeutical uses


Antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart.

Wine and Health

I knew Wine is a very important part on French life. There cannot be a good lunch or dinner without a good bottle of wine. It always amazes me that in some restaurants wine is still cheaper than bottled water!

I was trying to learn more about wine, when one of my neighbours offered me a book entitled "Le vin et la santé". A book written by Doctor Eylaud. I was surprised to find that wine is not only a gastronomic pleasure, but that it has also been used for a long time for its therapeutic properties.

At least in central France, Wine has been used to relieve conditions such as anaemia, hypertension, hypotension, rheumatism, gout, obesity, dyspepsia among many other things. Unlike modern medical advice, the French used to drink wine even during pregnancy due to the richness in minerals of certain wines such us the reds from Bordeaux.

Red Wine to Relieve Indigestion

For Dyspepsia, for example, the popular tradition would recommend light white wines, low in alcoholic content and with sodium bicarbonate in its composition.

Sweet Wine to help with Low blood pressure

For Hypotension, that is low blood pressure, the recommended wine is a sweet white or a generous red wine. While for the opposite condition, hypertension, a dry white wine or a red one without tannins are recommended. To help treat obesity, it is preferable to drink a dry white wine or very young red ones.

There you are... another excuse to keep up the wine consumption!!

Champagne: many of Champagne's health benefits are due to its trace minerals such as magnesium, potassium and zinc

Champagne, a sparkling wine produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France
Champagne, a sparkling wine produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France | Source

Champagne for Treating Anaemia and help with Alzheimer and Parkinson's disease

A "luxurious" treatment for anaemia, is a glass of champagne every day. But if you are not fond of the bubbles, you can always take a glass of red wine, preferably a Medoc.

To support the health benefits of this sparkling wine, there is also a joint study published on 2007 by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the University of Reading and The University of Cagliari showing that moderate consumptions of Champagne may help the brain cope with the trauma of stroke, Alzheimer, and Parkinson. The research noted that the high amount of the antioxidant polyphenols in sparkling wine can help prevent deterioration of brain cells due to oxidative stress.

Harvest 2007, Chateau de la Garde

Gaillac wine


Grandma's Wine Remedies

Against Depression:

Each time grandma felt an inclination to sadness or anger, she ran to the fridge to get her aperitif made of white wine and after that she smiled like the Mona Lisa the rest of the day!

To make this anti depressive you will need:

  • 2 Litres of Gaillac Blanc -This is a dry white wine with low alcohol content.
  • 400 gr. of sugar
  • 50 gr. of Chicory roots. - because it simulates the appetite and sense of well being.
  • 4 oranges, only the skin.
  • 1 stick of cinnamon. Because of it's effects on the nervous system.

To prepare, put all the ingredients in a big bowl or bucket and leave to marinate for 4 days. Stir at least twice a day. The fifth day, you can bottle the contents and start drinking it.

For recovering after an illness

You will need:

  • 1 Kg. Spinachs
  • 1 bottle of red wine, preferably a Médoc.
  • 3 spoons of honey

To prepare, extract the juice of the spinach, put it in a bottle and fill up to the top with the red wine. Add the honey, shake well and drink. You can have 2 glasses per day. Keep the bottle in the refrigerator.

To be honest, I much prefer to have a spinach salad and drink the bottle of wine. Even better, a spinach and Boursin quiche and wash it down with the bottle of wine... but there you are... the recipe is the recipe!

The recipe bases its efficacy on the properties of both the spinach and the wine. The spinach is rich in folic acid and iron salts easily absorbed by the body. While the Wine from the Médoc region is very rich in iron, helping the body to fight anaemia. This along with the tannin content which boosts vitamin C are great for recovering after a disease. Médoc wine is also rich in phosphorus which increases energy The potassium helps regularise the cardiac rhythm, improving muscular function as well as mental faculties. But the most important thing is that a Médoc is simply delicious...

Using Wine to heal Bruises

But the French grandmothers not only used wine for drinking or cooking. They also used wine for making a paste to put on top of bruises to help the healing. The grandmother of a friend used to boil parsley with red wine and reduce it to a paste in a mortar afterwards. She would put this paste several times a day over the bruise which according to my friend, healed it in no time at all.

A slight variation of the above is using bread soaked in red wine to put on top of the bruises.

Red Wine can Help Reduce the risk of Alzheimer's Disease

To support popular tradition, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology published in 2006 a study showing the beneficial relationship of resveratrol, a compound found in all red wine (and black chocolate), in reducing the risk factors associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Top 5 Benefits Of Red Wine

Drink in moderation — or not at all

If you already drink red wine, do so in moderation. For healthy adults, that means:

  • one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than age 65, and
  • up to two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger.

The limit for men is higher because men generally weigh more and have more of an enzyme that metabolizes alcohol than women do.


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      Ana Maria Orantes 3 years ago from Miami Florida

      I like your hub. Miss princessa. It is good to know that the wine is good to get better with the bruises. Thank you for the information. I see they cross out one of your sentences. You can go back and edit your sentence. Good luck . I love your hub.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      MarkAse: the red wine sauce for the poached eggs is super easy. Just fry in a tea spoon of butter some bacon cut in small squares, add a finely chopped onion (or even better an echalotte) let them caramelize. Once the onion looks ready, add the red wine and Simmer for 5 minutes to remove alcohol. Add one tea spoon of maizena diluted in cold water, let cook for a few minutes and that is your sauce ready to go over your poached eggs.

      Bon Appétit

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      MarkAse 7 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Interesting stuff! Princessa-a red wine sauce? I've never heard of that one!

      Ana is right, any list with uses for wine should include cooking. Plus, what else can you do when you forget to recork the bottle?

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      anatrenas: Yes, it is. I specially like poached eggs in a red wine sauce... yummy

      NP.Queen: Enjoy!

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      NP.QUEEN 7 years ago from Dubai

      Wow ! What a nice article and picture.Thank you.

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      anatrenas 7 years ago

      love to use wine for cooking too!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      Rose: One is always learning something new in HubPages :-)

      freelanceauthor: thank you

      GmaGoldie: Thanks for your input and suggestions. All I can add is that my retired neighbours (most of them in their 80s) never forget a glass of wine with their meal everyday, and despite eating loads of animal fats (butter, goose fat, duck, foi grass, etc) they look as healthy as any 50 year old anywhere else! Like you emphasise, exercise is also part of their daily routine as they walk everyday to the town center to do their daily shopping.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      As a heart patient, I mandate to myself - exercise and a glass of red wine. Resveratrol in the red wine is stated to be heart healthy. Some studies have recommended 2-3 glasses per day. While I am not a doctor and have no medical background, I think it should be proportional - 1 glass per 100 lbs. - let's be reasonable - and be focused on moderation.

      Polyphenols in red wine may make red wine a preventative for cancer and heart disease - great antioxidant. Polyphenols are found only in phytochemical plants such as grapes, legumes and berries, etc...setting red wine apart from other alcohols.

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      freelanceauthor 7 years ago

      Very informative. Great hub

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      Rose Barrett 8 years ago

      More reasons to love wine! I knew it was good for your internal health in moderation, but was not aware of external applications. Interesting.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      flutterby701: I have not heard about that, now you've make me curious. I know you can use apple cider vinegar to cure candida, and I have even heard about women douching with garlic preparations so maybe using wine is not that strange...

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      flutterby701 8 years ago

      This may sound a little strange or off-putting, but I have encountered on numerous occasions in literature another use of wine. However, I do not know it to be a good use or not. I have read in mostly stories set in the distant past or middle ages, of wine being used for the cleansing, or for lack of a better term douching a woman prior to a sexual encounter.

      I was just curios as to if anyone had also been exposed to this or if you had any insight as to how or why this originated.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Blue Lotus Wine: Blue Lotus? that's a new one on me.

      midnightbliss: I learnt that the best way to learn about wines is tasting them. Start with the very basic ones and work up your way to the more complex ones. Walking in the forest, smelling the trees, flowers and wild fruits also helps a lot to identify the aroma of the wine you are drinking.

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      Haydee Anderson 8 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      great hub princesa, for like me who is learning about wines it is a very helpful hub, thanks for sharing this information.

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      Blue Lotus Wine 9 years ago

      A friend told me to add a flower called Blue Lotus to wine. Apparently the egyptians used to add it for health purposes. Anyone heard of this ?

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      patriciojose13 9 years ago

      Hey, great article. Very informative and helpful for beginners. I am inviting you and your readers to check out this site: There's more helpful tidbits on how to cultivate your grapes here. Thanks!

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      Bens 9 years ago

      great information on wine, my favorite is red wine...

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      Katherine: Red Zinfandel is an "American Classic", and it also helps Build better bones. On average, women who drink moderately seem to have higher bone mass than abstainers. Alcohol appears to boost estrogen levels.

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      Katherine_Huether 9 years ago

      This is interesting. The wines I enjoy the most are Riesling and Red Zinfadel - those fit the characteristics of wines that help with my low blood pressure. Very informative!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 10 years ago from France

      Peterjr: I am glad to hear that having red wine worked for your anaemia. I am following the same treatment just now. A glass or two of Medoc a day and hope that keeps my anaemia away, cheers!

      mroconnell: toujours le vin!

      chabrenas: thanks for your comment and for popping in. A la votre Mr.

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      chabrenas 10 years ago from middle of France

      Nice one, Princessa. I like the two very different videos.

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      mroconnell 10 years ago from France

      Great great lens. Oui oui oui. Encore du vin!

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      peterjr 10 years ago

      I know from experience that wine helps cure anaemia. I'm from Hungary originally and I had a slight anaemia when I was around 11. We had the greatest family doctor at the time and he believed in homeopathy. He advised my mom that I should drink a glass of wine everyday to help with my anaemia. I was better shortly after that and I've loved wine ever since. I especially like red vines, but I don't discriminate against a great white vine.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 10 years ago from France

      You are welcome Erinn. I hope your husband is looking for me to ask me to ship him some boxes of Medoc for you lol...

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      Erinn Soule 10 years ago from Los Angeles

      I tried to explain to my husband that I needed to start drinking more wine...he's looking for you! haha!! You are the best! Thank you tremendously for giving me a heads up on that article of mine :) good lookin' out!

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      Erinn Soule 10 years ago from Los Angeles

      Very informative! I love this article, and now I have a reason to drink...even better! haha!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 10 years ago from France

      Thanks Tom, I am sure you would love France!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 10 years ago from France

      Thanks Isabella! just following your steps... or trying at least...

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      Isabella Snow 10 years ago

      Great hub, Princessa!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 10 years ago from France

      Granny always knows best Chuck ;-)

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      Chuck Nugent 10 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      The mention of port reminds me of my grandmother. Her doctor once diagnosed her as being slightly anemic and prescribed a glass of port wine before going to bed. Most of the time she only followed her doctor's advice when it was convenient. But with her anemia she followed her doctor's advice religiously and never went to bed without first having one glass of port wine. Whether it helped or not I don't know but she was healthy all of her life and lived to be 99.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 10 years ago from France

      I am glad you will not run out of excuses to enjoy a good healthy glass of wine ZsuzsY. I should be posting a few more illnesses that can be relieve with the aid of wine, just in case ^_^

      Like you Marisa, I do not need any encouragement to always be on the hunt of that special bottle. After all... if you are in France, DO as the French!

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      Kate Swanson 10 years ago from Sydney

      Unfortunately, I never need any excuse to drink wine... I don't need any encouragement! Great Hub all the same!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 10 years ago from Ontario/Canada


      If I were ever in need of an excuse to drink wine! I will pretend to have all the symptoms you have described.

      Great HUB

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 10 years ago from France

      I looked at the page David. I must admit I am very fond of Ports. In fact, you just put me in the mood for the aperitif!

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      David Cowley 10 years ago

      Here is some info on port wine