Wine Not? How Wine Can Make You Healthier
You’re running late for work. And then the car won’t start. You get to the office around ten minutes late, and then get dragged into a four-hour meeting. Because of that, you have to take a really late quick lunch, and off you go to meet a client. After that long and tiring day, I’m sure all you want to do is bring your aching and tired body into a warm and relaxing bath. Add a glass of wine, and everything’s all better.
For many of you, I’m sure nothing beats a sip of this drink. It just has that something that soothes and relaxes.
I’m sure you’ve heard a lot of negative connotations about it. Terms like wino and alcoholic are associated with people who drink quite a lot. But actually, wine has positive and healthy benefits for the body too. As long as you drink in moderation, this drink can actually help you a healthier and better life. Read on to know more about this popular drink.
Types of Wine
There are many different types of wine. Some are classified according to the grape variety. Some depend on their taste. Below are the most common types.
These wines are colorless and are made from the white grape varieties. However, some of the whites can be made from red grapes. The skin of the grape used in making this drink plays a big part on its color. With that said, to make white wine from red grapes, painstaking measures are made to make sure the skin does not touch the liquid.
The most famous of these wines are champagne, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, muscat, chenin blanc, gewurztraminer, and riesling.
These are made from either red, blue, or black grapes. They get their color when the skin of the grapes gets in contact with the liquid. It has a complex flavor, so they have to be served at room temperature.
Popular red wines include merlot, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, and zinfandel.
These also go by the name blush wine.Obviously, they are a bit darker than red wines, but way lighter than the red variety. It is a summer wine because of its crisp, light, and refreshing taste.
This wine contains a large amount of carbon dioxide, thus the fizz and the bubbles. They offer a delicate flavor and are best served chilled. Some examples are rose champagne, prosecco, and sparkling red wine.
This has a different preparation process as they are from the residual sugar that is left in the finished wine. This gives off a very sweet taste.
These are wines added with the spirits of distilled drinks. To increase the alcohol content of the drink, the spirits are added before the completion of the fermentation process. Popular ones are sherry, madeira, and port wine.
Benefits of Wine
If that interesting selection of wines won’t sway you, see below for the benefits that drinking one glass a day can do for you.
The most well-known benefit of drinking a glass a day is a happy and healthy heart. Red wine in particular actually has antioxidants, which prevent coronary artery disease. They also protect the lining of blood vessels in the heart. The compound resveratrol in particular prevents damage to blood vessels, reduces “bad” cholesterol, and prevents blood clots.
Red grapes has a compound called piceatannol. It has the ability to block the processes that make fat cells grow. Also, natural compounds found in this drink speeds up your metabolism. Apparently, for up to 90 minutes after drinking, the alcohol boosts your body to burn more calories. A study shows that another compound, resveratrol, aids in weight loss as well. It helps convert “white fat” into “beige fat.” And beige fat is easier to burn off. This is a major contributor to weight loss and also prevents overweight and obesity. In fact, moderate wine drinkers have narrower waists and less abdominal fat.
Drinking this beverage improves your memory. A study shows that women in their seventies who drank wine every day fared much better in memory quizzes than women who didn’t drink at all. It also delays cognitive decline as we grow older. In addition, it also prevents age-related memory loss.
And lastly, drinking one glass a day slows down the decline of other brain functions and also prevents dementia.
Red wines in particular contain flavonoids, tannin, and resveratrol. These three components fight against harmful free radicals and ageing. How? By restoring the skin’s collagen and elastic fibers. Also, a recent study shows that there are factors in red wine that slows down the growth of acne-causing bacteria. Regular intake of this drink will no doubt give you smoother, glowing, and healthy skin.
Breast Cancer Prevention
Again, moderate drinking of red wine is the key to this benefit. According to the Journal of Women’s Health, chemicals in the seed and skin of red grapes reduce estrogen levels among premenopausal women. On the other hand, their testosterone levels increase. This results in a lower risk of developing breast cancer. Take note that high estrogen levels in women encourage the growth of cancer cells.
Better Lung Function
This time, white wine takes center stage. Dutch scientists show that moderate drinking of white wine has positive effects on lung function. Another study also shows that certain antioxidants present in the drink guards against lung cancer, especially among smokers.
The skin of red grapes helps diabetics regulate their blood sugar levels. There is also a noticeable decrease in total cholesterol and systolic blood pressure. Resveratrol also stimulates insulin secretion and helps regulate glucose and insulin sensitivity.
Moderate wine drinkers have less stress in their lives. This is due to their daily drink. Wines lower levels of depression, anxiety, and perceived stress. Alcohol in general is a central nervous system depressant. In other words, wine acts as a sedative.
A Final Word
Of course, the secret of obtaining all these benefits is drinking in moderation. Ideally, one glass per day is enough for women, and two glasses are great for men. Go on, make it a daily habit. Your body will thank you.
Here’s to a healthier you! Cheers!