Cheers to Valentine’s – Health Benefits of Red Wine

Lift up your glass this Valentine’s Day and say a cheers to good health, because everyone’s favorite V-Day beverage, red wine, is good for our hearts and bodies. In fact, red wine drunk in moderation is so good for you, it was even listed by Harvard researchers as one of the “eight proven ways to reduce coronary heart disease risk”.

As it turns out, red wine is packed with powerfully healthy falovonoids which lower the risk-factors associated with coronary heart disease in adults. These flavonoid antioxidants are thought to be from the skin of the red grapes used in the fermentation process of dark wines such as merlot, cabernet, malbec, etc…  Organic red wine is, of course, the most healthy choice because the grapes are also free from harmful sprays, pesticides, herbicides, and are not genetically modified (GMO).

 

Here are some of the greatest health benefits red wine has to offer:

Red wine is an excellent blood thinner. This quality helps to reduce the likelihood of blood clots and painful varicose veins.

Red wine helps to reduce the amount of “bad” cholesterol in our bodies.

May slow down or even reduce the possibility of the tumor growth associated with most forms of cancer.

Helps to promote the formation of healthy nerve cells.

May be helpful in the treatment/prevention of such brain diseases as Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. This is due to a chemical found in red wine known as resveratrol.

 

In order to get more bang for your buck when it comes to purchasing wine this Valentine’s Day, try opting for a dryer variety. According to Yale New Haven Hospital and based on the research done by the University of California, “[T]he flavonoid favorite is Cabernet Sauvignon, followed closely by Petit Syrah and Pinot Noir. Both Merlots and red zinfandels have fewer flavonoids than their more potent predecessors. White wine had significantly smaller amounts than the red wine varieties. The bottom line is the sweeter the wine, the fewer the flavonoids. Dryer red wines are your best bet for a flavonoid boost.”

Be careful concerning your consumption though. As is the case with most of life’s indulgences, too much of a good thing can be bad. The recommended amount of wine per day is 1 glass for the average sized female and 2 glasses for the average male.

 

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