Sometimes after a long, hard day, sitting down with a nice glass of red wine just feels right. Of course, just as with most things, moderation is important. Drinking wine in large amounts regularly does more harm than good, BUT a glass here and there can actually add to your overall health.
High-fiber Tempranillo red grapes—which are used to make certain red wines can actually have a positive effect on cholesterol levels, according to a study from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain.
Healthy study participants who consumed the same grape supplement found in red wine saw their LDL, or “bad cholesterol,” levels decrease by 9% among healthy. Participants with high cholesterol experienced a drop of 12%. High levels of LDL is what can cause arteries to stiffen and blood pressure to rise, so it’s important to be sure you keep that in check. Great news is, red wine in moderation can help with that!
Resveratrol, found in red wine, may be key to keeping your memory sharp, says Philippe Marambaud, PhD, a senior research scientist at New York’s Litwin-Zucker Research Center for the Study of Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders. It has been shown to hinder the formation of beta-amyloid protein, which is a plaque found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s.
A 2010 study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that among 4,000 faculty members at five Spanish universities, those who drank more than 14 weekly glasses of wine for a year were 40% less likely to come down with a common cold. Antioxidants found in red wine are believed to fight infection and protect cells against the effects of free radicals, which may play role in cancer and other diseases.
Resveratrol, found in red wine, is able to inhibit the growth of acne-causing bacteria longer than benzoyl peroxide. Topical application on the skin is not as effective. Resveratrol must be ingested for maximum efficacy.
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