Cheers to your Health!


If you love wine, you have probably heard that it’s good for you, but do you know how good it really is? 

Resveratrol. Cholesterol. Can someone please explain it all?
Here’s the skinny- drinking one to two, 4oz glasses of red wine every day can boost your health in a number of ways. Let’s break it down. 

1. Antioxidants: These are anti-inflammatory, power-packed immune system defenders against free radicals. Free radicals are a rebellious band of oxygen molecules that have the ability to attack healthy cells in the body which often leads to issues such as aging, cancer, heart disease, and a decline in overall health and brain function. By consuming your antioxidants, you can keep your brains and your beauty while they do the hard work of stabilizing and deactivating these free radicals before they’re able to strike. In wine, antioxidants are found in flavonoids, or plant chemicals, that we most commonly consume in fruits and vegetables. For those of us who just cannot bring ourselves to eat a salad every day, we can think of a glass of wine like a fruit salad our moms can be proud of.  

2. Cholesterol: Apparently, there are two types- the hero, and the villain. High-density lipoprotein, or HDL, is the good guy who protects you against artery damage, therefore reducing your risk for heart disease, while low-density lipoprotein (LDL) prefers a reign of terror on your arteries, making them rigid and increasing your risk for ever-dangerous blood clots or heart attacks. The good news is that LDL levels can be significantly lowered by drinking red wine, so don’t let the bad guys win, when you can help fight back in a delicious way! 

3. Resveratrol: This antioxidant is found in the skin of grapes and is the key to keeping that bad LDL cholesterol out of your arteries. According to the Mayo Clinic, some research has shown that in mice, resveratrol has the ability to protect against obesity and diabetes, therefore lowering the risk for heart disease, and in pigs, “it may be able to increase the body’s ability to use insulin.” (These same claims have yet to be proven for humans.) This polyphenol may also help control blood sugar, keep your brain sharp, and help prevent fat cells from growing.  

4. Ever wonder why red wine gets all the glory? It is all about the fermentation process. As we just learned, the resveratrol found in grape skins is the key to wine-drinking success, and “because red wine is fermented with the skins longer than white wine, it contains more resveratrol“ (Mayo Clinic.)  

5. Want your skin to win? If you want luminous healthy skin, Chardonnay oil is the key. The same antioxidants and resveratrol that we benefit from by drinking red wine are also present in the grape seeds and skins of white grapes. In white wine, the skins and seeds are removed from the juices prior to fermentation, but they still contain the same benefits, so what red wine does for your heart, white wine grapes can do for your skin. Topical application has been known to treat dryness, fight signs of aging, and even relieve painful irritation from eczema. 

Let’s review, class: All winemaking grapes, red or white, have health benefits resulting from the antioxidant resveratrol found in their skin and seeds. Drinking red wine is good for your heart and for the prevention of numerous diseases because it keeps LDL cholesterol levels low and fights off free radicals, but like most wonderful things, it should be consumed in moderation. White wine grape oil is great for uncovering the youthful glow of your skin. So whether you’re doing bicep curls that bring your wine glass to your lips, or you’re slathering it on your head, shoulders, knees and toes, it’s time to get your wine workout started. 


- Melissa Vidaurre

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 

Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2016

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