The Gift of Wine

The history of wine is traced to thousands of years back, it was used on so many occasions in bible times. More importantly, it has been linked with amazing health benefits. Here are four core benefits of wine to our health.

Good for The Heart

The flavonoids and sapponins in red wine helps to protect your heart against cardiovascular diseases. The alcohol in red wine, when consumed in moderation, raises your levels of “good” High Density Lipoproteins (HDL), it also helps prevent the formation of blood clots serving as a blood thinner/purifier and can help to protect your arteries from the damage caused by “bad” Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) cholesterol.

Contains Antioxidants

Red wine contains a number of antioxidants, which can slow the signs of aging and prevent a number of degenerative illnesses like type 2 diabetes. Drinking one glass of red wine each day can help protect you from many of the diseases of the elderly, such as osteoporosis.

As a Stomach Palliative

The anti-bacterial nature of alcohol has long been associated with soothing stomach irritations. The risk of infection from the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, strongly associated with causing gastritis and peptic ulcers as well as being closely linked to stomach cancer, appears to lessen with moderate alcohol consumption. A German study conducted in the late 1990s showed that non-drinkers had slightly higher infection rates of Helicobacter pylori than moderate wine and beer drinkers.

Prevents Tooth Decay

Red wine, even non alcoholic red wine, hardens your enamel to prevent tooth decay. Hardened enamel is more resistant to Streptococcus mutans, the bacteria which lives on your teeth and is responsible for tooth decay. The polyphenols in red wine can also prevent gum disease, and even help to treat it by reducing inflammation in the gums.

Note that “Alcohol”, including that found in wine should be consumed in moderation.

[quote_center]”It is not recommended that anyone begin drinking alcohol or drink more frequently on the basis of potential health benefits.” ~ Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2010)[/quote_center]

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