You may want to reach out for a glass of red wine after a long day or may have a habit of consuming it occasionally. But is red wine good for your health?
There has been an ongoing debate about whether red wine is good or bad for your health. Many people believe that moderate consumption of red wine can improve your heart health and prevent diseases. But is that true?
Let’s take a detailed look at the health benefits of red wine and whether it’s good or bad.
Red Wine Contains Antioxidants and Polyphenols
Red wine is produced by crushing and fermenting whole grapes. Grapes are very high in many antioxidants including resveratrol, catechin, epicatechin, and proanthocyanidins. Due to these antioxidants, red wine may help you fight inflammation, blood clotting and prevent heart disease and cancer. It is also known to counteract free radicals in your body. Free radicals are by-products of metabolism that are highly reactive and unstable molecules. These free radicals can damage DNA and cause oxidative stress, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and cancer. Thus, red wine in moderate consumption is shown to neutralize the unstable molecules due to high antioxidants. Polyphenols found in red wine is a powerful plant component that may help against oxidative stress as well.
Lower Blood Pressure
High blood pressure or hypertension causes high force of blood against artery walls. This can make it hard for your heart to pump blood to the rest of the body and lead to heart failure. Red wine opens blooda vessels and prevents blood clots to promote healthy blood flow. As a result, it reduces the risk of heart failure.
Studies show that drinking dealcoholized red wine decreases systolic and diastolic blood pressure.https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22955728/ This is great for those who are non alcoholic but want to reap some health benefits of red wine.
The Benefit of Resveratrol
Resveratrol is a type of polyphenol and found in grape skin. It is produced in other plants as well. Resveratrol can prevent blood clotting and inhibit the growth of cancer cells. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21400036/ However, research on resveratrol benefits of red wine have mixed results. More studies and human trials are required to claim it’s benefits.
Some studies have found that red wine can help you regulate blood sugar and make it easy to manage weight. Moderate intake of wine may also protect against weight gain. However, research on the effect of red wine on weight is limited. Some animal studies show that red wine can decrease body fat level.
Resveratrol found in red wine can also lower stress and boost your mood. It eases the body’s stress response by promoting. However, more studies are required to understand the effect of red wine on stress.
So if you are thinking about whether red wine is good or bad, the answer is ‘moderation is key. Moderate consumption of red wine may offer some health benefits. According to Body Transformation Coach Aditya Shrivastava half or one glass or red wine may help you lower blood pressure and prevent heart disease. These benefits are mainly because of the antioxidants found in grapes.
Even though red wine is linked with some health benefits, it also contains alcohol. Hence, it is not recommended to drink wine to realize these benefits, especially if you don’t drink alcohol. There are many other ways to improve your health without consuming alcohol.
However, if you are already drinking red wine, you can continue with moderate consumption of 1-2 classes per day. Remember, anything in excess is bad. So try avoiding binge drinking.
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