Is Red Wine Healthy?


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My whole life, my grandmother swore on red wine. She thinks a glass a day will keep the doctor away. So, is red wine really healthy or does my family just like to drink ?
Wine experts Joy Bauer and Joe Bastianich were on MSNBC talking about the health benefits of red wine. 

Because of the alcohol content and non alcoholic phytochemicals (natural occurring plant compounds) wine has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, some cancers, and slow the progression of neurological degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's Disease. 

Red wine provides much more resveratrol compared to white the experts said. 

Because the skin is kept on the grape longer during the wine making process, theoiQMGntSUn03c3mAOduixjl72eJkfbmt4t8yenImKBVaiQDB_Rd1H6kmuBWtceBJ.jpeg the concentration of resveratrol in the wine is greater. Wines made in cooler climates also have greater amounts of resveratrol too. Thus, red wine from cool climates have the most resveratrol. 

Why care about resveratrol? Resveratrol has been shown to prevent blood clotting and plaque formation in arteries by altering lipid profiles and plasma viscosity.

Non-alcoholic phytochemicals in wine, such as flavanoids and resveratrol, act as antioxidants and prevent molecules known as "free radicals" from causing cellular damage in the body.

It's been well documented that moderate amounts of alcohol can raise your good cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol) and thin your blood. This is thought to be one of the primary cardiovascular benefits from wine. So I guess it is true, a glass a day can keep the doctor away.

Source - http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/21478144/ns/today-today_health/t/wine-good-you/#.UFDri6CHdSU
Picture- http://www.scoop.it/t/health-benefits-of-red-wine

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My dad has always sworn on red wine too! As someone who has a long line of family history of cholesterol problems and heart disease, I've always been interested in ways to promote a healthy cardiovascular system. It's interesting that red wine in particular is shown to be the most beneficial. It's also really interesting that the alcohol content has an effect on the helpfulness, and red grapes don't show the same qualities.

This is some good information about red wine. My biology teacher once told me that red wine is good. She said consuming once per month could help clean your system. It's actually too bad, because I refused to drink beverages that have alcohol in them, I don't care what the benefits of them are. But it is good thing that you confirmed on that. I guess red wine is not as bad as other alcoholic drinks.

Personally, I think the negatives offsets any positives that alcohol could ever provide for you. Based on the fact that it doesn't take too much to get someone intoxicated, five ounces. Which then leads into a whole system of other worries about being intoxicated, such as drunk driving, liver diisease, heart disease and depression etc.. I'd think very carefully before taking up a glass a day if you want to live to life expancy ages.

I agree that red wine is good for you too, just not too much! My grandma has had so many cholesterol and heart problems, and her doctor is the one who suggested a little red wine each day. She has half a glass at dinner every night, and it really has greatly improved her health. Her improvements could be due to something else of course (since correlation does not mean causation!), but her daily glass of red wine is the only conscious major change she has made in her life since her heart and cholesterol problems started to improve.

I think it's awesome that red wine is good for you! Hearing that something people love to indulge in is actually healthy is always a mood booster. However, as I see form the comments above, there are many people who do not approve of the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Is there any way to get the good effects of red wine without actually drinking it? In other words, what other beverges or foods contain Resveratrol?

A local winery just came into the restaurant where I work and gave a presentation on wine, mostly about wine etiquette and how to correctly present a bottle to a customer, but they also mentioned this which I thought was really cool! My great grandmother who's 99 swears by the same thing, except with brandy. Based on what I've heard Red Wine seems to be the alcoholic beverage with the most health benefits, but I wonder if other forms of alcohol, in moderation, also have their own health benefits? Also, I wonder if the type of red grapes will effect the amount of anti-oxidants and resveratrol.

Ever since I was a child my father has always drank a glass of wine before bed. Of course I was too young back then to join him but the point is that I always knew that red wine had health benefits. This article helped clear up how so. It seems like the most unlikely things have its health benefits. Another blog on this site proved that chocolate can actually help lose weight. Anyways, great article and once again science proves things that we'd never be able to otherwise.

For some reason every time I consume numerous glasses of wine I feel really good.. If my body feels good it must be benefitting! Though this is merely imaginary data, I like where this study is going. To provide further support of this my data Victoria should host a boxed wine party! College research at its finest!

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