Cooking and Dining
A Glass of Red Wine a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Alcohol has long been thought of as bad for you, and in excess, of course it is, but a glass of red wine is full of health benefits for your heart, and even digestive tract. It all has to do with anitoxidants, which help protect your cells against free radicals like smoke and radiation. Free radicals may also increase the risk of some diseases, including heart disease. So, how can a glass of red wine be beneficial to your health?
The antioxidants found in red wine are called polyphenols and “may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart,” which helps prevent against blood clots, according to Mayo Clinic. Some red wines even have more antioxidants than many fruits and fruit juices, so while your blueberries and promegrantate juice are delicious, you can also try a glass of red wine. Polyphenols even help prevent against cardiovascular diseases and some cancers.
Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes and other berries. Resveratrol is polyphenol, which helps prevent blood clots that can lead to a heart attack. Some studies (Howitz and Sinclair, 2003) have also shown that resveratrol has life extension properties.
Probiotics are a type of good bacteria that help your digestive system. Probiotics are found in fermented foods like wine. Probiotics help keep the balance in our bodies between “bad” bacteria and “good” bacteria, by helping us have a healthy digestive tract.
So, when you are sitting down for dinner or having a drink with friends, try a glass of red wine instead of a beer or cocktail! Remember that the wines with the most antioxidants are the darker, red wines. For us ladies, all we need is one glass of red wine, daily, so don’t over do it. The only down side to a glass of red wine daily is that it isn’t calorie free (if only it were).
One of my favorite red wines is Educated Guess, a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. What are some of yours?