The Benefits of Drinking Red Wine

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In recent years, the benefits of drinking red wine have become a source of great interest even though for thousands of years people have been drinking wine. Wine is actually one of the oldest alcoholic beverages known and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Though it is important to remember that drinking too much of any alcoholic beverage can be detrimental to your health, a glass of red wine each day may actually be helpful. Studies have shown, more and more, that a glass of red wine may actually do much more than take the edge off at the end of the day.

Happy talk with woman while drinking a glass of red wine.

Happy talk with a glass of red wine

"A Glass a Day Keeps Death Away"

In general, consumption of red wine on a daily basis has shown to have a positive effect on all forms of mortality. Studies conducted within the United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, and France have shown that drinking red wine in moderation is generally more beneficial than beer or liquor. In these studies, the daily intake of red wine ranged from about 22-32 grams.

Red Wine and Smoking

A correlation between red wine and smoking cigarettes has been examined in the recent past. When you smoke, you are actually impairing your blood vessels from being able to relax, especially in the endothelium. The endothelium is the cellular lining of lymph vessels, blood vessels, and the heart. A glass of red wine a day has been shown to decrease these harmful effects. This is not to say that you should continue smoking, if that is the case, as red wine cannot be considered a preventative measure or cure against lung cancer or other smoking-related diseases.

Effects of Red Wine on Heart Disease

If you have heard of the French Paradox, you know that many studies have been set into motion to study the effects of red wine on heart disease. It has been widely seen that people in France that enjoy a rich, fatty diet and plenty of red wine suffer relatively less from heart disease than any other group on the planet.

It is thought that some of the benefits of drinking red wine include preventing coronary heart disease. Red wine may actually reduce the risk of heart disease as it lowers the production of LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol and increases the production of HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholesterol.

Arteries Won’t Harden As Much

Red wine is rich in antioxidants and is thought to be beneficial in the prevention of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is the hardening of the arteries. This disease begins when blood vessels lose their ability to relax. It is thought that the polyphenols (a family of antioxidants) in red wines actually promote the production of nitric oxide, which is essential in the regulation of vascular tone.

Other Benefits of Drinking Red Wine

Though there is much yet to be learned from drinking red wine there are other benefits being researched. It has been found that red wine drinkers have less blood clotting problems than those who do not drink it. Additionally, some other benefits of drinking red wine may even include the prevention and reduction of hypertension, kidney stones, and Alzheimer’s disease.

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