Red Wine: Good for your Heart and Weight Loss

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Researchers have been unable to solve the problem “French Paradox” for many years. This puzzle states that even though the foods eaten by the French people are full of saturated fats, yet most of them have low cholesterol levels and very few of them have any disease related to the heart. This phenomenon has been attributed by many to the presence of red wine in their regular diet.

Then you should also take full advantage of the situation and enjoy the benefits of good health provided by an occasional glass of red wine.

Bring down your cholesterol level

Red grapes from Tempranillo, which have a high amount of fiber gets used in the production of red wines like Rioja. The results of the research carried out by the Spanish university called “Universidad Complutense de Madrid,” teaches us that these grapes affect the cholesterol levels very significantly. The results of the research on healthy participants have shown that red wine has reduced their “bad cholesterol” ,or LDL, by almost 9 percent.

Provide protection to your heart

According to “John Folts, Ph.D.,” a professor to the department for nutrition and medicine for cardio-vascular diseases of the Wisconsin-Madison University, the antioxidants called polyphenols found in red wine, helps the blood vessels in retaining their flexibility and decreases the risk of formation of blood clots. He says that the effect of these polyphenols is roughly equivalent to that of aspirin, but you have to be moderation with your drinking as your heart can get damaged if you are a heavy and chronic drinker.

Put your blood sugar under control

Researchers have come to the conclusion that a natural compound called Resveratrol is present in the skin of red grapes that can help diabetic people to control their blood sugar levels. It was found that 250 mg of Resveratrol administered daily to the participants of this study continuously for three months, lowered their blood sugar levels in comparison to those who were not on the pill.

Additionally, there was a significant reduction in the overall cholesterol amounts and blood pressure at the systolic level. It’s concluded that possibly Resveratrol has a stimulating effect on the secretion of insulin or activates some protein that in turn controls the glucose level and increases the sensitivity to insulin.

Help to boost your brain activities

A senior scientist named “Phillipe Marambaud, Ph.D.,” engaged in research at the “Litwin-Zucker Research Center for the Study of Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders” in New York, says that possibly Resveratrol is responsible for the sharpness of your memory. It’s found that the compound can prevent the formation of a protein of the beta-amyloid group which is the main ingredient for the production of plaque in the brain of patients inflicted with the Alzheimer’s disease. He recommends that you should have a glass of red wine after exercising your brain with brain teasers and crossword puzzles for at least an hour.

Avoid getting infected by colds

The antioxidants contained in red wine may help you to avoid being afflicted by the common cold. A study carried out by the “American Journal of Epidemiology” in 2010, shows that out of the 4000 members of the faculty teaching at five universities in Spain, the members who drank 14 or more glasses of red wine per week had 40 percent lesser chances of being afflicted by the common cold.

As per the “National Institutes of Health,” this was because the antioxidants protect the cells against infection by free radicals that probably are responsible for diseases like cancer and others. Research done by “Cedars-Sinai Medical Center” based at Los Angeles concludes that the antioxidants reduce the level of sex hormones as a protection against breast cancer.

Prevent the occurrence of cancer

Research carried out at the Virginia University says that the Resveratrol obtained from three to four glasses of red wine in a week may be sufficient to destroy cancer cells in their nascent stage. When the cancer cells in the human body were treated to doses of Resveratrol, the effect of protein that fed the cancer cells got inhibited.

Keep your body slim

The compound Resveratrol hogs the limelight when the healthy compounds contained in wines get considered. Study done by the “Journal of Biological Chemistry” suggests that the credit should go to a chemical compound called Piceatannol that is obtained from Resveratrol after conversion carried out by the human body. This compound binds with the receptors of the fat cells through which insulin is received and blocks the paths that are required by the fat cells to change and grow from the immature stage to a mature stage.

Stop the decay of your teeth

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Drinking red wine helps you to maintain a perfect set of pearly-white teeth. Red wine, with minimum alcohol content, helps the enamel of the teeth to become hard thus preventing any corrosion from occurring. The influence of the Streptococcus Mutans bacteria, which causes the teeth to decay get resisted by the hardened enamel. The polyphenol antioxidants of red wine prevents the gums from getting infected and reduces any inflammation caused by an infection.

Get a good night’s sleep

If the presentation at the office scheduled for the next day is keeping you awake, then it is better to have a glass of red wine than a cup of milk. The melatonin contained in the red wine can put you to sleep very comfortably. One glass of red wine should be sufficient to bring sleep to your eyes. If you are not able to sleep after having it, then you should consult a doctor as you may be suffering from insomnia.

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