Red Wine for Health

Red wine may be the answer to living longer.

When you come visit us at Paint and Sip Studio in Owings Mills, what you may choose to sip is red wine. Highly touted for its health benefits, red wine is a hot topic.

Of course, overdoing it can have negative results, but consistent wine drinking, approximately one glass for women and two for men each day, can lower your risk for coronary artery disease, diabetes, congestive heart failure and stroke.

“Red wine is clearly the drink of choice if you are doing light to moderate drinking for your health, and daily consumption just before or with the evening meal may be the most protective pattern,” says James O’Keefe, MD, chief of preventive cardiology at Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City.

More good news

Another health benefit from red wine is raising your HDL cholesterol, the good kind of cholesterol. The beverage helps fight tooth decay by hardening the enamel of teeth. There is even some evidence that wine may fight dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Studies claim that resveratrol can boost memory, slow down the deterioration of eyesight and hearing, restore muscle strength, reduce the signs of aging and even prolong life.

While it’s more advantageous to your body to get the resveratrol from natural sources, like in wine, you can take supplements and obtain similar results.

The pips (seeds) of the grapes are what give the best health benefits. They release compounds called flavonols, turning into molecules that improve blood pressure and blood flow. These compounds are also antioxidants, which stop certain molecules, known as free radicals, from damaging cells. Cranberries, mulberries, lingonberries, peanuts and pistachios contain antioxidants as well. 

Conclusion

In scientific studies, beer may be just as helpful as red wine. Moderation is the key. If you are going to drink red wine, have a little each day. Too much or too little of anything isn’t good for you.

Visit us at Paint and Sip Studio and put a masterpiece on a wine glass. If you would like to sign up for a Paint and Sip session or plan an event, check out our schedule.