Red wine a super food? yep!
Let’s get something straight, this isn’t just some excuse to drink massive amounts of wine. This little educational dive happened because I truly wanted to know if my occasional glass of red was doing anything for my health.
People have been drinking wine for centuries, and in some cultures, people used it not only for recreation but medicine. There are actual elements in red wine that lead to great health benefits, science now proves.
Jeanne Louise Calment lived the longest confirmed & recorded life span in modern history, living a total of 122 years! Thankfully, she shared her longevity secrets before she passed. Aside from her physically active lifestyle and positive outlook, Calment also enjoyed a diet rich in olive oil, dark chocolate and, you know it, red wine!
So, what are the benefits of red wine that aided in Calment and other’s longevity? Does red wine even have anything to do with increasing longevity?
The benefits and antioxidant power in red wine come from both the polyphenols and alcohol. Phenols are all antioxidants, subdivided into two major groups; flavanoids (tannins and reversitol) and non-flavanoids. Tannins give the wine it’s color, flavor and mouth feel. Many wine connoisseurs are able to tell where wine was grown and when because of these elements. Tannins and other antioxidant are contained mainly in the skins of the grape. Reversitol has been show to aid in physical endurance, resembling the benefit your body would gain from a quick run (say what?!!). This does not replace exercise however, and studies are continuing on the issue. So go put on your lululemon yoga pants and get to the gym!
Taste and slightly boosting your endurance are great, but is there a bigger health benefit that makes wine a super food?
Wine’s antioxidant compounds are proven by many studies to to benefit cardiac health. The powerful antioxidants in wine do this by preventing Lipid peroxidation. Oxidation of lipoproteins would allow more LDL cholesterol to be stored in blood vessel walls, a leading cause of Cardio Vascular Disease (platelets sticking together/blockages). Wine’s properties decrease this oxidation while reduce blood clotting (thrombosis), thus reduce the risk of Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD).
Wine is also an anti-ager! Oxidation from free radicals in the body steal electrons from the cells, causing a break down in the cell structure. This breakdown in the cell leads to pre-mature aging and many diseases. Red wine’s antioxidants prevent the free radicals from steeling those electrons from the cell wall, preventing cell damage and slowing the effects of aging.
In conclusion, the antioxidants in red wine keep your heart happy, pumping, and young!
Other issues that benefit from red wine consumption in studies are:
Lower risk of stroke
and many more!
***Wine is a superfood, but, remember the art of moderation. You can find similar antioxidants in blueberries, grapes, nuts, green tea, and dark chocolate, so balance your diet. A glass or two every other night is more than plenty to gain these benefits coupled with a healthy diet and exercise regiment. Alcohol in large doses inhibits fat metabolism, is high in carbs and can cause drunkenness. Know your limit, it’s different for everyone!***
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Lipid peroxidation and tissue damage. (n.d.). Retrieved October 20, 2016, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10459507
Resveratrol may be natural exercise performance enhancer … (n.d.). Retrieved October 20, 2016, from https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120619225941.htm
What Makes a Supercentenarian? – Perfect Health Diet … (n.d.). Retrieved October 20, 2016, from http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2010/08/what-makes-a-supercentenarian/