Food & Recipes Health & Body By jigumania / March 16, 2015 Share Tweet Pin Share Share Ill effects of excess alcohol are known to all, but if alcohol is consumed in appropriate amounts, you could reap amazing health benefits. Red wine has amazing health benefits of all alcohol varieties. Health benefits of red wine include anti-aging, improved brainpower, good cholesterol, weight control, and many more. However, it is important to maintain the proper amount of wine consumption. One or two glass of red wine per day is the recommended amount for people suffering from obesity, diabetes, and heart diseases. Here are six health benefits of drinking red wine: 1. Lowers Bad Cholesterol burger innards Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is also known as bad cholesterol. Bad cholesterol is responsible for cholesterol build-up and blockage in your arteries; hence, increasing the risk of heart disease. Red wine contains the antioxidant resveratrol. According to Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation, resveratrol decreases LDL cholesterol. For LDL to be low, you must have high amounts of High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. HDL cholesterol protects your arteries from blockage and cholesterol build-up. Red wine also contains polyphenol antioxidants, which improves HDL cholesterol levels. How much red wine should you drink in order to balance your cholesterol levels? Women should drink around 5 ounces per day and men should drink 10 ounces per day. A study published with “Annals of Medicine” in 2011, proved that above-mentioned amount decreased more LDL cholesterol levels than those who did not consume any alcohol. 2. Reduces the Risk of Diabetes Diabetes 3/4 Red wine could really help you reduce your insulin levels as well. Resveratrol is the main reason for it. However, red wine contains 14 milligram per liter. A comprehensive research was conducted on the effect of resveratrol on insulin level. Indian researchers hired 62 type-2 diabetes patients. Half of the subjects were given 250 milligram of resveratrol per day for the next three months. Results showed that the 31 people with resveratrol supplement had lower levels of sugar level, than the other 31 without any such supplement. According to researchers, resveratrol stimulates insulin secretion that helps control glucose level and insulin sensitivity. However, red wine contains only 14 milligrams per liter. It would not be wise for people suffering diabetes to drink such large amounts of red wine. However, it does show that if regularly appropriate amounts of red wine is consumed, diabetic conditions could be avoided as well. 3. Builds Brain Power brain power It seems a little odd that drinking alcohol could improve your brainpower…but it is true. One glass of wine per day for women and 2 glasses of red wine per day for men, could improve memory and cognition. Resveratrol, again, is responsible for the health benefits of red wine. Resveratrol improves blood flow in the brain. People suffering from Alzheimer’s disease could benefit from this tip. According to a research done in University of Cincinnati College, people who drank more grape juice showed improved verbal learning skills and increased spatial memory. Researchers used 12 adults who were suffering from declining memory loss condition. For three months, half of them drank grape juice and the other half, took placebo. Researchers believed that polyphenol resveratrol was responsible for strengthening the communication between cells in the brain. However, I cannot emphasized this enough that consumption of alcohol should be in moderation — as the same advantage has the capacity to become hazardous for the brain. Conversely, excess red wine is known to kill the brain cells as well. 4. Anti-Aging Miracle mints Every year, billions are spent on products that keep people young. Cream, injections, plastic surgery and other personal enhancement products/services are used for retaining beauty. According to a known Plastic Surgeon and author of “Age Gets Better with Wine,” Dr. Richard Baxter, daily consumption of red wine, in appropriate amounts, is the latest anti-aging weapon. The secret to staying young is to get plenty of anti-aging agents into the body. Red wine supplies plenty of antioxidants. Antioxidant reduces the rate of cell degeneration and protects against free radicals. The presence of polyphenol, or resveratrol, is the antioxidant agent. Since grape skins are also included during fermentation, most of the resveratrol is retained. As for the ill effects on consumption of red wine, you could harm your looks to a large extent as well. Your sharp features could easily become dull, so make sure you only consume the recommended, 1-2 glasses per day. 5. Controls Weight Although most of the health benefits of red wine are due to the presence of resveratrol, there is another chemical called piceatannol that contains added benefits. Piceatannol is now slowly creating curiosity among researchers, as new studies show that it can control weight. Weight gain is the biggest health topic in medicine. After resveratrol, piceatannol could really receive lime light. According to Kee Hong Kim of Purdue University, piceatannol attaches to the fat cells’ insulin receptors, hence blocking the process for immature fat cells to grow. This was the first study that looked into the role of piceatannol. However, result is yet to be tested on real humans. If you want to control your weight, keep drinking wine, again, in appropriate amounts and couple that with a regular workout routine. 6. Depression Depression is another major health condition, which is the highway to obesity, diabetes, stroke, and aging. Two to seven glasses of wine every week is one of the strongest anti-depressants. During one research study, 5,500 moderate drinkers were hired between the ages of 55 to 80 years-old. All were given a Mediterranean diet for around seven years. None of them had suffered from depression or had any drinking problem. Researchers believed that moderate alcohol consumption protects from coronary heart disease. Even the American Heart Association believes that 1-2 glasses of red wine reduces the risks of heart disease by 30-50 percent. Conversely, they also stressed that heavy drinking reinforces depression. However, it’s important to not that there was no evidence that drinking red wine helps cure depression. If you have not suffered depression in the past, it could be useful to drink 1-2 glasses of red wine to keep the depression at bay and protect yourself from the diseases related to it. Final Thoughts Researchers studying the health benefits of red wine have again and again stressed on drinking red wine in moderate amounts, as it is easy to get addicted to alcohol, if you are consuming it daily. Therefore, try to control yourself and your urges and only limit your consumption to 1-2 glasses per day. Additionally, ensure to add exercise and a healthy diet into your daily routine. Stay healthy and drink healthy. Cheers!