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9 benefits of wine for your health

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Drinking wine is an undisputable joy. The better if it comes with a great number of advantages for our health. Do you want to know which ones?

Among others, wine improves the memory, helps prevent the apparition of cataracts as well as improve our cardiovascular system and even diminishes tooth decay.

But why does wine bring so many advantages to your health? One of the keys lies in the resveratrol, a vegetal component (polyphenols) which is found in red grapes’ skins as well as seeds and contains multiple benefits for your organism. Containing more of this component, red wines deliver far more benefits than white wines.

Well, now you know if you maintain a balanced diet, exercise regularly and drink one of two glasses of red wine per day as per the World Health Organization, your body will benefit from the numerous advantages of wine. Would you like to discover all of them? Check out our infographic!

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The red wine that will help you lose weight

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On many other occasions we talked about some of the benefits of wine for health, referring to cardiovascular diseases, as an anti-ageing factor… But so far we haven’t had news of its possible influence as accelerator of weight loss, something that would be added to a long list of good reasons to drink wine, always in moderation.

According to a recent study by Oregon State University, a specific type of red wine slows the growth of fat cells in the liver, a finding that would indicate, once all relevant testing is performed, that consumption of red grapes -fresh, in form of juice or fermented as wine- could help solving health problems related to obesity, especially hepatic steatosis, also known as “fatty liver” or FLD.

In particular, the compound responsible for this beneficial behaviour of some types of grape is the ellagic acid, also present in oak galls, in addition to several fruits (for example blackberries and raspberries) and nuts (walnuts, pecans…), green tea and oolong tea. This polyphenol is found in grape varieties such as Red Muscadine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, etc., and ageing in oak barrels multiplies its presence in the wine resulting of its fermentation, so the more ageing, the better.

The study, conducted by biochemists and molecular biologists from the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU in collaboration with the Universities of Florida and Nebraska, concludes that ellagic acid improves fat accumulation in the liver and reduces the presence of blood sugar (in an experiment performed with laboratory mice overfed with a high fat diet).

This finding, if a similar behaviour in humans is confirmed, would prevent the occurrence of this type of liver fat, very common in people with obesity and diabetes, merely adding to a balanced diet and moderate exercise, the consumption of a small bunch of grapes daily, a glass of red wine, grape juice or its equivalent in other foods with presence of ellagic acid, which is also beneficial in the treatment of chronic inflammation, cholesterol, free radicals and even some types of cancer.

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Drink wine and save money at the dentist

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Wine provides a number of properties for the body, making it one of the most comprehensive drinks. It is an antioxidant, prevents cardiovascular disease, prevents cholesterol, along with other many other benefits for your health. And… it also prevents caries.

This last statement can give us many joys, allowing us saving money at the dentist if, besides taking care of our oral health, we drink wine in moderation.

This says a new study led by the Research Institute of Food Science at the Autonomous University of Madrid and published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, which states that wine is good for teeth care.

In order to reach this finding, the researchers have been able to confirm that the dental plaque biofilm, which protect teeth against plaque and the occurrence of any dental disease, being immersed in red wine with grape seed and ethanol, offered successful results.

That is, they allowed to reduce dental plaque bacteria thanks to their natural antioxidants -the polyphenols- present in wine and grapes, which offer various advantages in addition to preventing caries. Through this research we learned that polyphenols hinder growth of bacterial flora. The results are healthier teeth, with less tartar and no tendency to deteriorate by the remains of bacteria that accumulate over time.

But this is not the only known study about this topic. Already in 1997, the faculty of dentistry at the University Karolinska Institutet, in Sweden, examined several professional wine tasters with different ages, and the result is that a large proportion of them had some teeth eroded by the consumption of wine, but none had caries.

 

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Cosmetics and Wine

Cosmetics and wine

To make a good wine is complicated, even for the most expert winery. It implies to take good care of the vineyard, the grape and the production, and to be lucky with the annual meteorology.

We could say the same, now, about cosmetics, because the wineries are aiming to investigation, attracted by the benefits of resveratrol. But this is only one of the many components of wine, so there are still a lot of benefits to discover. And these benefits can mean, to many wineries, the best way out of the crisis.

How were the benefits of wine known?

One of the first wineries that started the study of the cosmetic properties of wine was Château Smith Haut Lafitte, in Burgundy, they began to study the properties of one of the components of the seed, the famous polifenols, they act as skin protectors against the free radicals, responsibles of aging.

These studies took them to commercialize the brand “Caudalie”, it includes lotions that use polifenols and resveratrol (as anti-aging agents) and viniferine (to reduce skin marks). They own the patents in every ambit and their brand is one of the most successful in France, starting from the same vineyard where they still produce wine.

“About 200 years ago, women resorted to the vineyard to remove skin blemishes. Specifically, they used the sap of the weeping vine, says María Martín Benito, responsible of the cosmetics elaborated by Finca Torremilanos. They are all products that help to improve the skin, to tone up and to take care of it, because for the moment we are not investigating on makeup: “”We discard decorative cosmetics because we work from a very natural product and we want to continue doing so. With decorative cosmetics is very difficult to maintain this natural line. “

In addition, these products generally have the green seal, because only natural products are used in its elaboration.

In some vineries, like Freixenet, they state that there´s people who go to the vineyard just to buy their cosmetics, and not cava, because they can´t find them in their home town.

What about white wine? Is it so beneficial?

Actually, most of the wine properties are still unknown, neither for red nor for white wine. The truth is that the first components to be proved beneficial were polifenols, which just as resveratrol are principally found in red wine, but that doesn’t mean anything, since the first studies were based on the analysis of red wines.

That´s why the characteristics of red wines are the first ones we know about. But it´s not ruled out that white wine have its own advantages, and that soon, there might be cosmetics based on them, like the ones based on red wines.

In case you want to taste a wine while you try their lotions, here we recommend you some of the wineries who produces cosmetics:

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Like wine for chocolate

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According to the investigators, the combination of the two foods improves the blood vessel circulation in the brain, because they are rich in polyphenols.

The investigation was initially designed to prove the benefits of resveratrol in the brain. Resveratrol is one of several types of polyphenols in red wine that according to researchers, leads to increase blood flow in the brain, and carries sugars and oxygen to the brain, becoming easier and faster to make complex calculations.

The researcher and project manager Emma Wightman, noted that the effects are best perceived in older people, whose blood flows tend to decrease naturally, and therefore the improvement can be more easily noticed.

During the investigation, the volunteers were taking capsules of resveratrol, while being brain scanned to see the results. “Several studies have already shown that resveratrol only brings benefits and has no contraindications, it can be taken as supplements, ” told Dr. Wightman

Crystal Haskell, supervisor of the research, carried out tests with volunteers, replacing the resveratrol by the polyphenols from chocolate, and found that the sweet is capable of delaying brain fatigue after intense mathematical exercises. Thus, the combination of red wine and chocolate is even more effective for mental health.

This way, tests to verify that other foods different than the resveratrol were less effective, that actually returned to a surprising result: wine and chocolate complement each other perfectly and provide better results than separately.

What wine to choose? In Uvinum we recommend 3 wines from Rioja, in addition to the benefits of resveratrol with chocolate, enjoy them:

  • Campillo Reserva 2004: One of the classic Rioja Reserva red wine of profound and complex flavors. Once decanting you’ll discover a friendly wine full of nuances
  • Marqués de Cáceres Reserva 2004: The same vintage, but a wine with a very different cut. Much more powerful with less mineral notes and more leather and vanilla. 2 big ones to compare.
  • Marqués de Riscal Reserva 2005: Another great wine from an exceptional vintage. The fusion of the other 2 wines, spicy, balsamic and marked by firm tannins and well together. Special.

And what about you? What wines would you choose? Which are your red wines with chocolate?