As compared to rest of the world, people in France tend to smoke, drink a glass of red wine daily, have much higher cheese and butter consumption but are still in the best of health.
Many have called this the “French Paradox”, wherein despite their lifestyle, the French has had a much lower rate of incidents of heart disease and diabetes.
Studies have suggested that this can be attributed to the extremely beneficial polyphenol compound called Resveratrol that is present in red wine, red or purple grapes, some berries, and dark chocolate.
It has been hailed a potential remedy for a variety of ages and health-related conditions including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Now, most of the studies conducted so far have been extended to human testing only for the initial stages, or have been done on animals/in the laboratory.
However, A Harvard medical school study indicated that Resveratrol compounds by revving up the mitochondria, leading to beneficial effects on health.
Read on to know how your love for red wine can benefit your health immensely.
Various studies conclude that Resveratrol is known to boost cardiovascular immunity by slowing down the progression of atherosclerosis (a problem which arises due to blockage of the arteries).
The leading cause of this is the accumulation of fat, cholesterol, and plaque. Resveratrol helps thin the blood and oxidizes these harmful compound, leading to increased blood flow and improved heart health.
Benefits For Diabetes Patients
Research suggests that Resveratrol found in red wine may aid in slowing the passage of glucose through the small intestine and hence prevent it from entering the bloodstream. This is a huge benefit of people that suffer from type-2 diabetes.
Red wine consumption or consumption of foods rich in Resveratrol can be a part of their daily food intake.
May Help Combat Diseases Like Cancer, Alzheimer’s
Fox News Health published a known study from the reputed Georgetown Medical Centre that talked about the astonishing capabilities of Resveratrol.
The study showed that Resveratrol helped in slowing down the advancement of cognitive disabilities in many research participants.
Dr. Charbel Moussa claimed that the results were very exciting because they suggested that Resveratrol engaged the brain in a manner that the immune response that came from outside the brain was controlled, and the toxic substances could not enter the brain.
It may also benefit from preventing autoimmune disease such as Huntington’s disease and boost mental and physical health because of its ability to regulate blood flow, keep the circulation smooth and controlling the release of pro-inflammatory molecules.
Being a powerful antioxidant Resveratrol has the ability to neutralize free radicals that are often produced during everyday functions such as eating and exercising.
If left unregulated, free radical damages may lead to life-threatening problems of the human body. Resveratrol is known to scavenge free radicals and elevate cerebral blood levels.
Many studies have also been conducted (on humans as well) to study the relationship between Resveratrol and health and it has been found that Resveratrol has anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties that might be relevant to chronic diseases and/or longevity in humans.
Red wine that has higher resveratrol and hence offers a lot of beauty benefits.You can use this wine as a means for facial, or consume it directly.
The Resveratrol mixed with the tannins and flavonoids present in wine will give your skin an instant boost and help restore collagen and elastic fiber.
If used as a face pack, it may also help fight acne due to its anti-oxidizing and anti-inflammatory properties.
A comparison of white wine vs. red wine suggests that red wine has higher resveratrol content because they retain the skin of the grapes during fermentation.
Moreover, it is important to select a good quality red wine for you to reap the benefits of it.
Combat Obesity And Weight Gain
Resveratrol has been suggested to being able to block the growth of an immature fat cell and thereby prevent it from turning into a mature one. This will lead to decreased accumulation of fat in the body.
It may also be able to alter the receptivity of a cell towards insulin and modify gene expression timing and gene functions during the various metabolic stages.
Increased Sex Drive
Studies suggest that intake of Resveratrol can boost your sex drive, by increasing the levels of testosterone and by acting as an estrogen antagonist.
Red wine, a common accompaniment for dinners or a romantic evening out is very rich in this beneficial compound. Another reason to enjoy wine with your partner!
Now that you know all these benefits you’ll have all the more reason to enjoy a glass or two of Resveratrol rich red wine with your meals.
Furthermore, don’t forget to mention these hidden secrets when you recommend your favorite wine to friends, family, or loved ones!