Author: Jessica Smith | February 17th, 2019
Legends say that wine is the drink of god, and honestly, that’s quite precise.
Defining versatility at its best, red wine is so flavorsome and tastes amazing in any form; whether you’re going solo with it, playing to make some cocktail or having it alongside your meal. Tipsy already, are you?
Well, guess what, your favorite drink not only eases up the mood but also offers a truckload of other benefits! You heard it right, who thought that there could be a healthy side to some intoxication!
Of course, the breathtaking diversity of grapes, soils, and atmosphere makes each wine so singular, be it a light Pinot Noir or a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, but there is more.
Red wine: A drink to your heart by T.S. Mohamed Saleem and S. Darbar Basha was a research study published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Disease discovered the presence of various antioxidants such as resveratrol, quercetin, epicatechin, and proanthocyanidin that offer a variety of benefits.
The benefits are only reaped when you drink wine in moderation, maybe a drink a day, because, we don’t want the intoxication to get the best of you! To get a little more clarity, let’s understand what do we actually mean by “a drink”.
One ‘drink’ of Pinot Noir would be somewhere around 118 ml and the same ‘drink’ of corona familiar would fill about 355 ml.
Without any further discussion, let’s straight away dive into the benefits.
Rumour has it that drinking red wine in moderation can help improve heart health. Wine can provide some rich antioxidants that help improve heart health.
Tannins found in the skin and the seeds of the grape, along with resveratrol can be great for the heart if consumed in moderation. They are responsible for increasing the levels of High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol in the blood to maintain the cholesterol. This prevents a variety of heart diseases caused by the same.
Moreover, resveratrol also helps protect arterial walls and dilates them.
These tannins can also be found in your favorite dark chocolate box!
Pair up a light wine with some dark chocolate to get the best of both worlds; incredible taste and a healthy heart.
A condition wherein your body is unable to make sufficient amounts of insulin or uses it inaccurately, or both are termed as “Type 2 Diabetes” which can cause an augmentation in levels of blood sugar, a very problematic condition for the lifestyle.
Now, red wine contains polyphenols, that improve insulin resistance, blood sugar levels post meals.
But according to Diabetes UK, a diabetic patient must avoid wines with low-alcohol content as these contain more sugar than just a normal glass of wine.
Another drink that has potential benefits of helping with Type 2 diabetes is cognac. courvoisier is Hennessy XO some of the famous varieties of this drink.
High blood pressure/hypertension is associated with health problems, it’s a very conventional condition wherein the force of your blood against the walls of the artery is too high.
Guess, what? The rich antioxidants present in red wine, such as resveratrol, helps to reduce vascular oxidative stress that is a key factor to hypertension. Not only this, it keeps in check the systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
We have discussed many benefits accrued by resveratrol found in red wine, another magical property is that it helps control the growth of cancerous cells in the body, basically, in layman’s terms, it prevents the excessive cell division and tumor growth. Moreover, it uses it “antioxidant properties” in order to protect your DNA from any damage that can be caused due to the cell division.
University of Rochester Medical Center posted a report that verified how resveratrol can help destroy the mitochondria of such cells.
Nobody likes a saggy skin, right? Your secret to a youthful skin can be that leftover red wine, yes, it’s true! The compound components such as flavonoids, tannins, and resveratrol are actually advantageous to the skin as well as they help to fight an aging skin as it gives a collagen boost and helps to recover the elasticity of the skin!
Red wine is amazing for acne-prone skin as it also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that not only help in the fight against acne but prevents further formation by cleaning out all the dirt from your pores. Also, the polyphenols present in red wine help to fight dullness and leaves you with clear, glowing skin!
It’s completely hassle-free! To keep it simple, you could just mix 3-4 tablespoons of red wine to a tablespoon of lemon juice and apply it with a cotton ball all over your face and wash it after 20 minutes.
Topical application of red wine on your scalp can help boost hair growth as it improves blood circulation. Not only this, the antioxidants fight dandruff and make your hair stronger and shinier.
You could use it as it is or mix ¼ cup of red wine with 2 eggs and olive oil to make a nourishment mask.
Jessica Smith has been writing for a few years now. She is a writer by day and reader by night. She was a very quiet child but writing always inspired her and that is why she began writing in her free time. She loves reading, be it a newspaper, a book or anything. She also loves cooking, traveling and dancing. She wants to be a successful writer as writing is her passion.