Health Benefits of Red Wine

This came across my desk and I thought it would be an encouraging reminder.
There are probably few facts more understated than that of the health benefit of red wine in a daily diet. Generally speaking, it’s the antioxidants, such as flavonoids or resveratrol. The Mayo Clinic staff speaks of resveratrol, and in this article, the Mayo Clinic staff speaks specifically to heart health in regards to arteries.

Although many others foods like oranges, apples, onions and others have flavonoids, red wine has higher levels. Resveratrol, being a nonflavonoid, appears to prevent arteries from getting clogged.

University of Rochester Medical researchers have mentioned in this article, that red wine antioxidants assist in cancer treatment by providing assistance in apoptosis, a favorable type of cancer cell death,  which  is  a  goal  in  cancer   therapy.  The  National  Cancer
Institute in this article goes as far as to state the following:“Polyphenols have been found to have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are substances that protect cells from oxidative damage caused by molecules called free radicals. These chemicals can damage important parts of cells, including proteins, membranes, and DNA. Cellular damage caused by free radicals has been implicated in the development of cancer. Research on the antioxidants found in red wine has shown that they may help inhibit the development of certain cancers”

Then there is the French Paradox, which is the observation that Frenchmen suffer a lower rate of coronary heart disease, despite having a diet rich in saturated fat, eating more than 30 percent more saturated fat than Americans. The reason, we are told, is red wine in the daily diet.

The only real concern of making daily wine a part of your diet is if you have blood-clotting or platelet deficiencies, then you need to see a physician first. And remember, always in moderation, meaning 4-6 ounces (not bottles!) per day if it’s part of your daily diet.

The bottom line here is that wine in your daily diet appears to be of a preventative and therapeutic nature when it comes to cancer, and in keeping the arteries clear. With all this data in favor of adding wine to your diet for health reasons, waiting to enjoy a glass seems to have few excuses.

The only other way we can think of red wine being more beneficial, is to have someone else pay for it!

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