In the recent past, a lot of studies have been done to ascertain the health benefits of red wine. France is the world’s largest wine producing country and research has shown that through the consumption of one to two glasses of red wine a day, most Frenchmen have managed to avoid life threatening diseases.
We all know that fruits are good for the body and none much better than red grapes, especially when fermented to produce red wine. During this process of fermentation, the skin and seeds of red grapes produce an antioxidant called resveratrol. This antioxidant is responsible for particular health benefits associated with red wine. Antioxidants generally work well with the body as they protect healthy body cells from damage. Resveratrol helps prevent heart diseases as well as protects the body from other ailments such as strokes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This comes about due to a couple of components found in red wine antioxidants. One, resveratrol inhibits the ‘wear and tear’ of healthy cells by organic molecules which bring about tissue damage and the above mentioned diseases. These organic molecules depend on other molecules in the body, attach themselves and eventually destroy them causing health problems to the body. Molecules in the antioxidant resveratrol aid in preventing this destruction from occurring. Two, most heart attacks and strokes are usually caused by blood clots. Resveratrol acts as a blood thinner, facilitating in the normal flow of blood through veins and arteries, thus minimizing the rate of blood clots and consequently, fatal diseases.
It is good to note though, for red wine to have these health benefits, it has to be consumed in minimal proportions. As earlier mentioned, one to two glasses a day, preferably with meals, will promote good health. If excessively consumed, then red wine becomes harmful to the body just like any other abused alcoholic beverage. So how about, at dinner tonight, make a toast with your glass of red wine; cheers to good health and a long ‘fruit-full’ life. For those who do not drink wine, there are other foods and drinks that provide similar health advantages.