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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Learning The Health Benefits Of Drinking Wine

October 6th, 2021
The saying that “Wine is good for your health” is certainly not a new concept. Even those who don’t enjoy wine on a regular basis are aware of this. But what is the real score when it comes to the health benefits of wine? Let’s separate fact from fiction by learning what the recognized benefits really are:
 Health benefits of wine

Red wine and cardiovascular health
We’ll talk about red wine first. Studies have shown that red wine is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that prevent cellular damage caused by inflammation and oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is a condition caused by an imbalance between antioxidants and unstable molecules. These molecules are called free radicals which can damage your cells. It is worthy to note that red wine grapes contain higher antioxidants compared to white grape varieties. That is why drinking reds may increase your blood antioxidant levels to a greater extent as opposed to drinking whites. Nonetheless, there is always a caveat. Drinking red wine should be done in moderation in order to get maximum health benefits. Health and medical experts recommend a glass a day equivalent to 5 ounces of red wine.
Fighting inflammation with wine
Let’s move on to the next health benefit of wine. Research has proven that wine is effective in fighting against inflammation. Wine possesses compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties. Keep in mind that chronic inflammation is harmful  to the body. It increases the risk of conditions such as heart disease, autoimmune disorders, and certain cancers. Consumption of red wine in moderate amounts can contribute to reduction of this risk.
Red wine has a lot of health benefits
Wine and living a long life
So what about the claim that wine can help one live a long life? There are indeed studies that drinking moderate amounts of wine help increase longevity. This is thanks to wine’s high antioxidant content. According to the American Heart Association, an antioxidant in red wine called resveratrol is a key factor. Resveratrol can help reduce blood pressure and increase levels of HDL cholesterol (or “good cholesterol”). Moreover, in 2006, scientists reported that red wine compounds called procyanidins increase proper functioning of blood vessels. Essentially, it is all about incorporating wine into a healthy diet and lifestyle. ^_^