According to an article in Health.com daily wine consumption may help women to fend off forgetfulness (cognitive benefits), boost immunity, aid in preventing bone loss, lower the risk of ovarian cancer and may reduce insulin resistance associated with type two diabetes. Wow! Already of big fan of the medicinal grape, say no more, say no more. I’m in, as if I have ever needed an excuse for filling up a large goblet. Understanding how it makes mommy a better person at the end of the day, I have never doubted an important benefit, (sigh) relaxing.
Wine has been a powerful elixir throughout history and current studies have linked very moderate wine (especially red) consumption with lower mortality rates related to cancer and heart disease.
So what is so special about wine? Polyphenols, powerful antioxidants compounds which are found in abundance in red wine. It is believed that over sixty different chemically distinct flavonoids (plant based nutrients) are known to occur in red wine. Polyphenols are believed to increases HDL (good) cholesterol, which help to prevent blood clots and plaques formation in arteries.
A study in the September 2009 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research indicates that the polyphenols found in wine, particularly one called resveratrol may aid in the prevention of age-related disorders, including neurodegenerative diseases (alzheimer’s), inflammation (arthritis), diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
As far as it’s benefits in guarding against cancer, the study further states, “ Resveratrol exhibits therapeutic potential for cancer chemoprevention as well as cardioprotection. The simplest explanation is that resveratrol turns on the cell’s own survival pathways, preventing damage to individual cells. Further mechanisms help, including removing very reactive oxidants in the body and improving blood supply to cells. Low doses of resveratrol improve cell survival as a mechanism of cardio- and neuro-protection, while high doses increase cell death.”
Easy there! Be careful in interpreting these studies as an excuse to polish off a daily bottle. Don’t forget that all important word, moderation. Wine in very moderate quantities, one glass a day for women and two for men, is the key to gaining these benefits. Over consumption causes degeneration of cells, especially in the organs.
The good news if you are not a wine drinker, polyphenols can be found in many other plant based source including; grapes, blueberries, cranberries, black berries, bananas and other foods such as green tea and chocolate. As for me….. got wine? Okay only one good glass (darn!). Salute!