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Health Benefits of Red Wine: Antioxidant

Updated on July 29, 2012

There are several health benefits of red wine which is an antioxidant. Red wine contains substance called resveratrol which is highly beneficial for health. Red wine is an alcoholic beverage. Antioxidants have anti-aging properties. Drinking red wine in moderation is good both for the physical and mental health. Red wine promotes weight loss. Other health benefits of include prevention of heart disease and stroke. It helps to reduce stress, improve digestion and the immune system.

Red Wine for Heart Health

Resveratrol is a polyphenol and is beneficial to the heart. It is present in several plants and fruits including red grapes, peanuts, mulberries, blueberries and eucalyptus. The quantity of resveratrol increases in the wine the longer it is fermented. Resveratrol is a blood thinner and lowers blood cholesterol. It helps to prevent the clogging of the arteries and heart attack. Resveratrol inhibits the proliferation of cancer cells. It is also good for diabetes as it provides protection against the oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Polyphenols can help to control blood glucose levels and prevent dangerous dips.

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Red Wine Antioxidant

Red wine has antioxidant properties. Polyphenols are antioxidants. Polyphenol is contained in the skin of red grapes. Red wine contains greater amount of polyphenols than white wine as the grape skin is removed before making the white wine. One of the major red wine health benefits is that it repairs cell damage and prevents heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

Red Wine for Digestion

Red wine promotes digestion. It inhibits the growth of certain destructive bacteria which can cause digestion problems. These problems could lead to diseases like diarrhea, stomach ulcers and gastro-intestinal disorders. If you eat red meat and drink red wine, it will help you to digest the meat. It also helps to protect you from the bad effects of fried food.

Mental Stress

Red wine is a mild sedative. It has a calming effect the mind. A drink or two along with the dinner will have a soothing effect on the mind and the body. It can help people with nervous disorders.

Red Wine and Immune system

Red wine strengthens the immune system unlike other alcoholic beverages. It contains a compound called “tannins” which helps the immune system.

Tooth Decay

Red wine prevents the bacteria that cause tooth decay from attacking the tooth enamel. It also prevents the bacteria from forming a layer bio-film around the teeth.

It is extremely important to drink wine in moderation. One drink a day would be beneficial. Drinking red wine in excess could damage the liver, nerve cells and elevate levels of fat in the blood.

These are some of the red wine health benefits.

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