Study after study is proving red wine, when taken in moderation, to be potentially beneficial to your health. Several studies across the world present strong implications that many properties in red wine guard against and even prevent potential health issues.
Natural compounds existing in grapes offer your body protection against several possible health concerns. Resveratrol found in wine actually supports the cardiovascular system and protects healthy tissues. Resveratrol is naturally produced by many plants when attacked by bacteria or fungi. Studies show that resveratrol provides the same benefits to humans. It helps the body guard against cardiovascular disease (heart disease) and maintains healthy tissues.
Red wine also contains polyphenols, flavonoids, and antioxidants. Polyphenols, or tannins, may lower the risk of heart disease and cancer. Flavonoids may kill cancer cells and antioxidants may prevent disease in general. All of these compounds are naturally occurring in plants and the grapes found in red wine.
Studies show that the “dryer” the red wine the better the health benefit. Dryness in red wine varies depending on the grape variety used to produce the wine. Because of the higher flavonoids content, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Syrah, and Pinot Noir are potentially the most beneficial choices. Cabernet Sauvignon has specifically been linked to lowering the threat of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Cardiovascular support and cancer prevention are just the beginning of a growing list of beneficial qualities found in this bountiful beverage. Lower cholesterol levels and specifically a lower risk of lung cancer are associated with the beverage. Studies also suggest the polyphenols in red wine can thwart cavities and even treat and prevent gum disease.