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Red Wine Protects your Heart

Updated on July 23, 2017

Red wine provides noteworthy protection from cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
Resveratrol is the active ingredient in red wine (grapes) which slows down the aging process appreciably.

Wine is manufactured from grapes, and provides significant health benefits. In fact, a recent study has suggested that red wine proffers greater heart protection properties than grape juice.

Red Wine Protects the Heart and Fights Cancer

Primarily, red wine has a beneficial and favorable effect over the heart. Red wine supplies loads of anti-oxidants, protects against vascular damage, prevents platelets from clumping / aggregating together, thus staving off atherosclerosis and heart attack.

Red wine prevents oxidative damage to the LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol or ‘bad cholesterol’. Red wine is loaded with quercetin, a flavanoid that acts as a potent anti-oxidant exerting a powerful protective influence over the heart.

Red wine comprises of single molecules of flavanoids; whereas, grape juice contains flavanoids that are complexed with other flavanoids and are bound to sugars, thus, reducing their bioavailability.

Consequently, red wine checks oxidation to the LDL cholesterol, prevents damage to the blood vessels and wards off a host of cardio-vascular diseases.

Phenols found in red wine also provide protection against cancer. These anti-oxidants hunt out and destroy free radicals, thus cutting down the chances of developing cancer drastically. Additionally, resveratrol found in grapes is being touted as the most remarkable anti-aging agent.

Experts say, ideally, women can have one glass of red wine; and men, one or two glasses of red wine, per day. This prescription keeps the heart healthy.

Resveratrol - A Potent Anti-Oxidant

Resveratrol is a compound that plants produce in self-defense. It is a potent anti-oxidant that scavenges and battles free radicals. Fresh grape skin contains five to ten milligrams of resveratrol per serving; and red wine provides 1.5 to 3 milligrams of resveratrol per liter.

Resveratrol helps reduce plaque build-up within arteries, prevents atherosclerosis and fights cardiac disorders successfully. Research also states that this compound helps decelerate the speed of aging. It slows down the process of aging, diminishes the unsightly signs of aging and keeps one looking and feeling younger.

Half an ounce of red wine or 15 milliliters of red wine has 0.7 ORAC, i.e. Oxygen radical absorbance capacity. Accordingly, it absorbs free oxygen radicals and annihilates them efficiently, thereby, stalling free radical damage to the DNA of the cells. When free radical damage is stopped, the body’s aging process slows down appreciably.

Red Wine and Grapes: French Paradox

Grapes are the richest source of resveratrol. However, it is also found in peanuts and mulberries in considerable amounts.

Grape seed extracts are chockfull of flavanoids. These extracts are predominantly used to treat vascular disorders. They are effective in the successful management of varicose veins, hemorrhoids and other venous diseases.

Clearly, red wine proffers remarkable health benefits. Indeed, red wine consumption explains the French paradox. The French consume a diet high in saturated fats; yet, they have a low risk of cardiac diseases; the reason being their frequent consumption of grapes and red wine.


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