Red wine is a wonderful complement to many meals, but did you know it offers many health and beauty benefits as well? IBA Board Member Utpal Khot from Fashionable Foodz gives us the details.
Health and Beauty Benefits of Red Wine
Wine is made by fermenting the black colored whole grapes. In Red Wine the alcohol content usually us somewhere between 12 to 15 percent.
Wine, in general, and Red Wine, in particular, has been extensively researched over the past couple of years for its actions in the body. Red Wine when consumed in limited quantities is found to be beneficial to our body in various ways. The goodness of Red Wine is believed to be due to the presence of powerful antioxidant substances and various other nutrients in it. So, those of you who are a fan of Red Wine, this article is all good news for you.
Improves gingival health and reduces dental decay
The presence of polyphenols in Red Wine helps to reduce the inflammation in gums of the people suffering from gum disease. It has an antibacterial action in the oral cavity especially on Streptococcus mutans which is the main culprit behind dental caries.
Slows down the process of ageing
Ageing is a physiological process and is bound to happen but with the right kind of food and lifestyle choices, we can surely slow it down. Red Wine and other grape derivatives have many antioxidants which help to fight the free radicals that are produced in our body as a byproduct of various biochemical reactions. Free radicals are responsible for damages to millions of body cells at a cellular level.
Gives you awesome skin
For the reason mentioned above, Which is protective towards your skin too as it helps to reduce free radicals damage to skin cells. As a result, the visible signs of aging like fine lines, shrivels, wrinkles, pigmentation, and loss of elasticity are delayed.
When applied topically, it helps in exfoliating your skin and eases the removal of dead skin cells. As a result, your skin looks radiant and feels soft and supple. This explains the rising popularity of Facials in beauty salons.
How much red wine is good for your heart?It contains many antioxidants predominantly resveratrol and flavonoids. As a result, consuming it moderately on a regular basis leads to an increase in blood levels of HDL or high-density lipo-proteins which are good for the heart. It also decreases the level of LDL and VLDL.
Also, in moderation say 30 to 60 ml in a day helps to prevent the deposition of saturated fats in the arteries, reduces the risk of developing blood clots. How much a person benefits in terms if heart health by consuming Red Wine though is dependent upon his or her genetic makeup.
It will help reduce vascular oxidative stress in the arteries. This leads to more regulated blood pressure. It also boosts the blood nitric oxide levels which leads to better blood flow due to the relaxation of blood vessels. Those with high blood pressure benefit from this action provided you consume nonalcoholic
Avoid obesity. Eat lighter and leaner by choosing fewer high-calorie foods, including refined sugars and fat from animal sources. Especially those who are at risk of breast cancer should consume Red Wine moderately.
Boosts memory and reduces stress
Many age related diseases are related to memory loss. consumption helps to prevent those. Also, there is a positive correlation between moderate Red Wine consumption and reduced anxiety, depression and perceived stress too.
Aids weight loss
It retards the growth of fat cells in the body and thus helps you achieve your weight loss goals sooner. When consumed with your meals, it helps in regulating your metabolism and aids the digestion of food.
Helps you get better sleep
A similar study in older adults found that two hours of bright light exposure during the day increased the amount of sleep by two hours and sleep efficiency by 80%. Melatonin present in the Red Wine does this. Add a few drops of Red Wine to your regular glass of milk before bedtime. This helps you to catch up your sleep much better.
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