10 reasons why you should drink a glass (or two) of red wine every single night.
Not only is red wine incredibly delicious and the perfect de-stressor after a long work day, it actually has some amazing health benefits. Today I’m going to give you 10 reasons why you should be drinking red wine every single night. Please enjoy my “I wish I could be in Grey’s Anatomy” article ahead.
1.) Red wine is good for your heart
Active compounds found in red wine including polyphenol, resveratrol, and quercetin have proven qualities benefiting heart health. Numerous studies have concluded that drinking moderate amounts of red wine can benefit several aspects related to cardiovascular diseases. Research shows that antioxidant rich nutrients in red wine can actually slow down the progression of atherosclerosis, a super long doctor-y word that really means built up fats, cholesterol, and plaque on the artery walls. A recent study from the International Journal of Molecule Medicine states that daily intake of red wine decreased cardiac death due to atherosclerosis, versus non-red wine drinkers. There’s also plenty of evidence showing the beneficial role of resvetoral, which protects the heart cells after a stroke, inhibits plaque build up, and decreases cholesterol accumulation. Resvetoral has also been proven to relax the coronary arteries, making red wine partially responsible for benefiting cardiovascular disease. Quercetin, one of the most important flavonoids present in red wine, has also proved to regulate blood pressure levels, reducing inflammation and preventing stress. – Dr. Arielle over and out.
2.) Red wine improves cholesterol
According to a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition wine consumption associated with a pretty massive increase in HDL cholesterol levels. HDL is actually GOOD cholesterol that we all need. The participants in this study saw their HDL levels increase from 11 to 16 percent. Another study conducted at the Curtin University of Australia found that regular consumption of red wine reduced the risk of developing cardiovascular disease by lowering LDL cholesterol levels by 8% and increasing HDL levels by 17%. So order those animal style fries, just make sure you got some cab on hand.
3.) Red wine fights free radical damage
The accumulation of free radicals is to blame for several of the diseases we are faced with today including cancer, autoimmune diseases, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease. The antioxidants in red wine can help counteract oxidative stress to help prevent and reverse damage caused by oxidation. These antioxidants enhance the body’s immune defense and lower the risk of developing a number of serious health conditions. Let’s not forget about my favorite chemical in red wine, resvetoral. Resvetoral comes from the skin of grapes has an amazing ability to fight off free radical damage and actually can help block the process of tumor progression and also regulate the body’s inflammatory system. Have a cold? Skip the soup, grab some merlot instead.
4.) Red wine can manage obesity and weight gain
A recent study conducted at the Purdue University has claims that red wine can help combat obesity. There is a certain compound found in grapes called piceatannol, which has a very similar chemical structure to our new BFF resvetoral. Piceatonnal is said to actually block and immature fat cell’s ability to grow. Uhm, amazing. They say this chemical can also speed up the timing on our metabolism! Whose getting cheeseburger with their red blend tonight?! Meee.
5.) Red wine may help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
Research indicates that people who eat a Mediterranean diet including red wine, vegetables, legumes, fruits, fish, and olive oil have a 28% lower risk in developing Alzheimers disease. There’s even more research on red wine specifically as a preventive measure in treating Alzheimers. According to research published in Frontiers in Aging and Neuroscience, resvetoral may control the the main features of Alzheimers and slow the progression of dementia.
6.) Red wine enhances food flavoring
Tell me what is better than a juicy steak with a bold chianti?…I’ll wait…but seriously, a huge part as to why I am so into wine is because of how well it pairs with food. When you meet a proper wineo, I guarantee they are a foodie as well. There are countless food/wine pairings but I’m going to share my favorites with you. – If you are a shellfish fan, I would suggest a light red wine like a pinot noir, grenache, pinotage, or gamay. A white meat, like a chicken dish, always pairs well with your medium red. That would include a merlot, cab. franc, sangiovese, and tempranillio. For your big reds, my favorite, this is where our steak and prosciutto comes in. Big reds include cabernet sauvignon, shiraz/syrah, zinfandel, mourvedre, and aglianico. There you have it friends, get to cookin’!
7.) Red wine improves your sex life
K, so, there’s no scientific evidence to prove this. But, chug a glass of wine and that date just got way less awkward.
8.) Red wine is good for your memory
I have definitely forgotten one or two things after a night of drinking red wine BUT there is scientific evidence that red wine can improve your memory and boost brain health. This is also why red wine is so great for Alzheimer’s prevention. The compound chemical we love so much, Resvetoral, has been shown to prohibit the formation of the beta-amyloid protein, the key ingredient found in patients with Alzheimer’s. Keep up with your crossword puzzles and brain teasers then treat yourself with a nice glass of vino.
9.)Red wine can regulate blood sugar levels
The skin of grapes, Resvetoral, (how many times can I mention this godsend?) can also help Diabetics regulate their blood sugar levels. Red wine drinkers had significant decreases in total cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood glucose levels than non-wine drinkers. Researches suspect that Resvetoral may help stimulate insulin and regulate glucose levels in the body.
10.) Jesus drank red wine
If Jesus did it, it must be good for you, am I right? ♥