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Red Wine Benefits - Improve Your Health

Feb 24, 2008
If you drink alcohol then you should definitely think about drinking red wine. There are several health benefits of drinking red wine. The experience is extremely enjoyable and the drink would be a logical option for you. Let us have a detailed look at the health benefits of red wine.

Scientists firmly believe that the key is to health a benefit of red wine is the antioxidants present in it. These are also known as Flavonoids. Flavonoids work towards reducing the low density lipoprotein or LDL production. LDL is also known as 'bad' cholesterol. Red wine also plays a great role in increasing the production of HDL or high density lipoprotein or 'good' cholesterol in the body. The combined effects of reduction of LDL and increase in HDL help a lot in preventing blood clots and enhancement in the overall lipid profile.

Red wine is also a rich source of phytochemicals. These are biologically active compounds found in plants. Polyphenols are the phytochemicals found in red wine.

Catechins and resveratrol are two major polyphenols found in red wine. Both these polyphenols are antioxidants. Antioxidants are help in reducing oxidative damage in the body. This is a type of damage caused by oxygen free radicals inside the body. Free radicals attack molecules via capturing electrons and thereafter transforming chemical structures.

Some of the researchers also claim that drinking wine promotes good cardiovascular health and facilitates normal call growth and healthy aging due to the presence of resveratrol in it. The other polyphenol, catechin play a significant role in minimizing the risk of heart disease. Saponin is another antioxidant found in red wine. This antioxidant also provides optimum protection to the heart. It is easily absorbed by the body.

However, the health benefits of drinking red wine does not limit to only cardiovascular benefits. Many studies and researches proved that resveratrol present in the red wine can facilitate the reduction of the growth of cancerous tumors. This antioxidant also contains properties that may be helpful in nerve cell formation and can help in treating some neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

With so many health benefits of drinking red wine, people may love to indulge in too much drinking. However, it is important to know that drinking in moderation will only provide the above mentioned benefits to health. Too much of red wine may have adverse effects on the body. You may suffer from health conditions like obesity, high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia, cholesterol and stroke by drinking too much red wine. Hence, you should resist over consumption of red wine.

Moderate consumption of red wine will let you enjoy all the health benefits it tends to provide the drinker. Moderate consumption means one to two glasses per day for men and a glass a day for women. Now, if you think that you can abstain from drinking red wine for a week and then consume a good amount of it over the weekend. You are absolutely wrong. This is unhealthy.

Drink red wine. It's healthy. Don't over do it. Just moderate consumption will work wonders for your health.
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