Blood sugar regulation- A study done on a group of overweight individuals showed that resveratrol reduced the levels of a blood sugar marker after six months of taking resveratrol. Because Alzheimer’s disease is now being linked to diabetes and blood sugar problems, its no wonder that resveratrol also has an effect on blood sugar regulation.
Healthy aging- Damaging free radicals are responsible for aging and age-related diseases. The antioxidants found in red wine help fight those free radicals, similar to the way antioxidants in fruits and vegetables do. Some researchers suggest that it’s not just the chemical properties of red wine that improve aging, but the behaviors drinking wine produces. Just one glass can help reduce stress and enhance feel good feelings after a long day.
A Little More…
If you don’t enjoy a glass of wine every now and then currently, there’s no reason to start. You can gain many of the same benefits from a healthy diet. Anything rich in color such as red cabbage, red grapes, blue berries, and raspberries contain antioxidants. However, if you enjoy a glass here and there and want to incorporate it in a healthy way, here are a few things you’ll want to know.
The type of wine matters.
Studies have shown that Cabernet Sauvignon contains the most flavonoids, followed by Pinot Noir, then red zinfandels and Merlots. If you forget the specifics, just remember that dryer wines offer the most benefits. Organic wines are best in order to avoid the chemicals often sprayed on grape skins as well as sulfates.
Just 4 oz of red wine has been shown to be beneficial, so don’t use stress as an excuse to have a whole bottle alone in the name of health! One glass with dinner each night or a few glasses a week will do it. Consuming too much red wine will have a negative effect on your health and beauty.