Wine health benefits
Health Benefits of Red Wine
1. Lowers the risk of heart disease
Research suggests that people who drink approximately 150 ml of red wine a day seem to be at about a 32% lower risk of heart disease than non-drinkers. “Red wine lovers have many reasons to rejoice. Studies have indicated that drinking a moderate amount of red wine every day can have numerous health benefits. Red wine contains a compound called resveratrol that protects the heart by reducing ‘bad cholesterol’ (LDL), preventing blood clots and improving the functioning of blood vessels. Moreover, proanthocyanidins, powerful antioxidants in red wine, delay ageing and help in preventing cancer by reducing oxidative damage. However, one needs to consume a safe proportion so that the side effects do not outweigh its benefits,” states Aman Puri, founder, Steadfast Nutrition.
2. Reduces risk of cancer and anti-inflammatory
Studies have shown that moderate wine consumption is linked with a decreased risk of numerous types of cancers, such as colon, basal cell, ovary and prostate cancers. “The aspect of red wine that makes it healthy are its tannins. Tannins are the compounds extracted from the skin of the grape in the process of fermentation, which contain phenols. Research proves that phenols are known to be good for the heart, skin and in preventing various types of cancer. The Italian grape variety of Sangiovese is very high in tannin. And so is Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot,” adds Arja Sridhar, wine enthusiast and owner of Gustoso.
“Red wine contains tons of antioxidants, flavonoids and tannins that are very beneficial for a person in moderate quantities. Tannins that are present in drier red wines are usually healthier than wines that are higher in sugar. Tannic wines such as Nebbiolo, Mourvèdre, Malbec, Tannat, Shiraz, Tempranillo, Merlot and Sangiovese can even be anti-inflammatory!” remarks Vidushi Sharma, chef and wine enthusiast.
Health Benefits of Rosé Wine
The health benefits of rosé wine are similar to those associated with red wines, including improved cardiovascular health and potent antioxidants. “Rosé wine contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help to lower the chances of rheumatoid arthritis. It is a low-calorie alcoholic drink, which reduces high blood pressure and lowers the chances of heart attacks as well,” states Eshanka Wahi, a nutrition coach.
Health Benefits of White Wine
1.Reduces the risk of cancer and improves lung health
Research reveals that white wine can protect against some forms of cancer, especially bowel cancer. Additionally, white wine has the necessary nutrients to keep the lung tissues healthy and working well. “White wine contains flavonoids such as tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol that have the ability to kill cancer cells by inhibiting their growth. It also contains antioxidants that help in improving lung health and preventing any kind of lung disease,” states Dr Rohini Patil, a nutritionist.
2. Improves memory
White wine has also been associated with improved memory function and overall prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Resveratrol in white wine reduces oxidative stress and prevents inflammation that can increase the odds of developing neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia and memory loss.