Red wine is a very popular drink. It is made from grapes especially with those which are dark in color, i.e., black grapes. The color of the wine may from intense violet to brown or dark red depending upon the time it has been aged. Red wine has been studied and researched on extensively and the conclusion that has come up is drinking red wine in a moderate amount helps you live longer and is quite beneficial to human health.
It is advisable for women to drink one glass of red wine a day while for men it is up to two drinks considering the fact that they are adults and are legally eligible to drink. But which is the best red wine to drink? Not all are good for health. So make sure you know which one is good for you.
Following are some of the points which shows how useful red wine is:
Powerful plant and antioxidant
Wine is extracted from grapes and grapes is known to be very rich in several antioxidants. They are resveratrol, epicatechin, catechin and proanthocyanidins. The antioxidants resveratrol and proanthocyanidins are known to be beneficial for your heart. The later also deduces oxidative damage in your body and keep a check against heart diseases. Resveratrol fights a number of issues such as inflammation, blood clotting, heart diseases and also cancer.
Reduces chances of other diseases
Red wine also battles against stroke, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Moderate consumption of wine can also reduce the chances of the development of type 2 diabetes in females.
Red wine also keeps us mentally fit by fighting against depression which is very common in people. More than 300 million people are suffering through depression globally. Drinking 2-7 glasses of red wine weekly reduces depression level.
Decreases insulin resistance
Consumption of dealcoholized red wine for up to 4 weeks can reduce insulin level. Drinking 2 glasses or regular red wine also helps.
Treats skin problems
Resveratrol protects against the ultraviolet rays of the sun and also fights bacteria and fungi. It is also known to treat acne.
Resveratrol prevents vision loss by controlling the growth of blood vessels in the eye. Diabetic retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness and red wine effectively controls it.
These were the positive aspects of red wine. But being an alcoholic drink, it also has its own set of disadvantages, which mostly occur due to the over-consumption.
- Firstly, it makes you an alcoholic.
- Secondly, it increases the chances of liver cirrhosis if consumed over 2-3 glasses a day i.e., above 30gm.
- Thirdly, it increases risks of depression if one drinks too much.
- Fourthly, it also increases weight due to the presence of high levels of sugar and calories.
- Lastly, it also increases the chances of diabetes and can also cause premature death.
Thus, drinking wine does more good to you than you could ever think but as you know nothing in excess is fine for anyone. Similarly, an excess of red wine is also not too good for you. Hence, if you have the habit of drinking red wine then, it is advisable to keep a check on your drinking habit and drink only up to the level it’s safe.