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I practice athletics, can I drink wine without any problems?


Sport and wine are not incompatible and can coexist without any problem as long as the consumption is moderate. Moreover, a number of studies have shown that wine has advantages and benefits for the body in general.

But it is normal that many athletes wonder if they can drink wine, because they spend a lot of energy and often eat and drink healthy, and do not want to lower their stress level. The truth is that moderate wine consumption is not only possible, but it also provides benefits for those who practice athletics, among other sports.

While doctors and nutritionists state that it is best not to drink too much wine just before competing. And it reaffirms because, according to studies published on Sport Medicine, excessive consumption of wine before practising athletics can increase the number of injuries and the athlete dehydrates long before.

Virtues of wine

On the other hand, the virtues of wine reaffirm the theory that it provides cardiovascular benefits, particularly useful for those who do exercise regularly. It also increases levels of good cholesterol and prevents the bad one. Other benefits of moderate wine consumption combined with sports is that it relaxes the muscles in the arteries, lowers blood pressure and helps preventing osteoporosis

It is well known that red wine includes flavonoids, which are antioxidants that reduce the risk of heart disease. American doctors have claimed that “a glass of wine with dinner the night before a race is nothing to worry about”.

In addition, nutritionists state that each person processes alcohol differently, and that depends less on the amount. Some athletes and wine drinkers at the same time limit their consumption to one or two glasses of wine or beer per day, and drink a lot of water to compensate dehydration, always before the day of the race or competition.

Long live to wine!

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Marqués de Caceres Reserva Magnum 2005: a red wine with DO Rioja based on the top of tempranillo and graciano from 2005 vintage and 13.5º of alcohol.



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Cune Crianza 2011: a red wine from Rioja DO vinified with garnacha negra and mazuelo from 2011 and 13.5º of volume of alcohol.



Wine, an ally to prevent skin cancer


Wine has many benefits for the body, both exterior and interior. Several studies have established the advantages of wine on the skin, giving it greater elasticity and youth. And now it could also prevent skin cancer, as it happens with other types of cancer.

To this statement, four scientific studies that have been developed in various countries, show some of the effects of wine in preventing skin cancer. Specifically, they state that the effects of wine polyphenols act against the various cell types of skin cancer.

For example, one study states that resveratrol inhibits the growth of a type of squamous cancer, which like the rest, is caused by the ultraviolet rays from the sun, while another study establishes that resveratrol can induce opoptosis of cells from cardinoma epidermoid type A431.

One of these studies that demonstrate the relationship between wine and prevention of skin cancer was performed in Spain, specifically in Madrid. In this case, the research concluded that three red wine polyphenols inhibit the growth of melanoma cells. There are different types of skin cancers, being the melanoma the most dangerous of all them, being malignant. Skin cancer goes unnoticed by many people and, in fact, is one of the most spread among Spanish population.

Finally, another study tested in this area established that polyphenolic combination has a strong therapeutic potential in the treatment of melanoma on humans, which reproduces and grows with sun exposure, mostly.

In these studies it was found that the application of various types of polyphenols that compose wine on the dorsal area of mice affected by skin cancer could stop the degree of development of this type of cancer.

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Bodegas Castaño is the maker of this Solanera Viñas Viejas 2012, a wine red with the Yecla DO made with garnacha tintorera and cabernet Sauvignon of 2012 and with an alcohol proof of 14.5º.



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Hécula 2012: a wine red with the Yecla DO made with monastrell of 2012 and 14º of volume of alcohol.


Stressed out? Drink a glass of good wine!


While it is known for its delicious taste and for being the preferred drink to accompany meals at meetings, wine also offers a number of health benefits to which are now added the results of a study performed by the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, indicating that drinking wine reduces stress.

According to the cardiologist Raul Pastor, head of the department of Internal Medicine, Clinical Hospital of Buenos Aires, one glass of wine daily in the case of women and two glasses of wine a day for men, significantly reduce the oxidative stress, which damages the genetic material of cells and is responsible for ageing, as well as for tumour formation and generation of chronic diseases.

Resveratrol, a component present in red wine, is one of the new alternatives to combat cardiovascular disease and to maintain a youthful skin thanks to its antioxidant properties.

Additionally, the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, has discovered that resveratrol also stimulates an anti-stress gene, which in turn activates other genes that protect the body from infection and even from ultraviolet radiation.

Paul Schimmel, one of the scientists in charge of the investigation indicated that ?this stress response represents a stage of biology that we had overlooked, and it appears that resveratrol activates it at concentrations much lower than those used in previous studies?.

Other benefits of resveratrol are:

  • Cardiovascular disease: it helps reducing inflammation, prevents oxidation of cholesterol by preventing platelets from sticking together and forming clots that cause heart attacks.
  • Diabetes: helps preventing insulin resistance.
  • Cancer: reduces the spread of cancer cells.
  • Alzheimer: it is able to protect nerve cells from the accumulation of plaques, responsible for Alzheimer.

Previously they had already released the benefits of resveratrol, but in this particular study was discovered the way how it works on the body: according to the results, resveratrol adheres to the PARP-1 protein and this generates an anti-stress and DNA repair response factor.

As for the stress, it is a feeling that produce excessive feelings of frustration and anxiety, but at low levels can help you perform your daily activities.

Stress is generated by several reasons, depending on the lifestyle of each person, from work, economic status or relationships, and can be identified by symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, dizziness, tremors and sweating.

Doing sports, resting, eating a balanced diet and drinking wine in moderation can help reduce stress and improve your quality of life. So get going and leave the stress aside!


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Descendientes de J. Palacios is the maker of this Corullón 2012, a wine red with DO Bierzo made with mencía of 2012.



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Arabella Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is a red wine with DO Robertson from the Arabella cellar produced with cabernet Sauvignon from the 2013 vintage and 13º of volume of alcohol.

10 benefits of beer


Historically it has been known that wine provides many nutrients and health benefits. But now it has a direct competitor, the beer, which now stands as another drink with several advantages for the body in general. Today, we show you these 10.

  1. Good for the heart. A number of studies have established that the consumption of beer, always moderate, reduces cardiovascular disease by 30%.
  2. Against arthritis. Studies performed with beer suggest that women who drank moderate levels of beer were 22% less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.
  3. Brain stimulator. It is good to stimulate the brain, so a beer per day helps reducing the appearance of some memory-related brain diseases.
  4. Rich in potassium. Beer is rich in potassium, a fact that offers a good diuretic effect.
  5. Decreases pressure. If you drink beer moderately, there is less chance of having high blood pressure in the long run.
  6. Vitamin B. It brings large doses of vitamin B. This is good for some issues, such as regeneration of cells.
  7. Good for the bones. Other minerals found in beer, such as magnesium or phosphorus help prevent bone-related diseases.
  8. Antioxidant. It provides natural antioxidants, so beer is good for delaying skin aging.
  9. It’s not fattening. Contrary to common belief, beer -always consumed in moderation- is not related to weight gain, as shown by a study from the University of London with nearly 2,000 beer drinkers.
  10. Very hydrating. It brings a lot more hydration than other types of soft drinks. And it contains much less sugar.

So, you know, drink beer, but always in moderation! Today we recommend a french and a italian beer:

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Biere Du Demon



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Peroni Nastro Azzurro

Red wine against heart attack and cancer

Vino tintoRecent studies confirm the protective effect of black grape and red wine against heart diseases but now they also have a further merit: cancer prevention. The key? It?s in flavonoids, which can also be found in tea and some vegetables.

The god Bacchus, or Dionysus, would be so happy knowing that science finally discovered the power that black grape and red wine have in preventing heart attacks, cerebral infarcts, as well as certain types of cancer . Antioxidant properties of grape seeds, usually used to produce red wine, have been demostrated. Grape seeds contains flavonoids which are also founded in some types of vegetables (mostly broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower), as well as in the great majority of fruits and in teas.

Flavonoids explain the reason why red wine has been indicated as a protector of arteries, heart, and brain, as long as it?s consumed in moderation: 2 glasses per day, maximum. These compounds, thanks to both their antioxidant and antitoxic action, can help patients affected by diabetes and atherosclerosis, or those who have undergone bypass surgery or liver transplant.

Both flavonoids and other types of antioxidants like selenium, zinc, beta-carotenes, as well as vitamins C and E, are employed to prevent cardiovascular disease and delay the process and apparition of cancer and of cataracts. They are also used against acute and chronic stress, against the damage caused by excessive exposure to sun rays and also when liver is been hacked by medications.

In the case of wine antioxidants, some of the latest research shows that drinking two glass of wine daily reduces mortality by 35% from cardiovascular disease and by 20% from cancer. The air we breathe is composed of 20% oxygen and 1% of this gas when absorbed by the organism transforms itself into free radicals, which are compounds that bombard cells and cause negative effects such as the transformation of cholesterol into a basic substance of plaques that can gradually obstruct the arteries. Antioxidants neutralize the damage caused by these oxygen free radicals.

This is the reason why doctors usually prescribe antioxidants starting at the age of 35 to 40, especially for people suffering from diabetes, obesity, sedentism, and for those who have genetic predisposition of cardiovascular disease and high colesterol, or those who are regular tobacco smokers. They are also presiscribed to patients suffering from angina pectoris, cerebral vascular insufficiency and heart attack.

It seems that, due to the lack of time necessary for a healthy and balanced diet, antioxidant supplements will start to be implemented in order to increase life expectancy. So let?s buy wine and have a nice glass of red wine. To your health!

A glass of wine a day and health

VinoDrinking red wine every day during meals is considered normal in a lot of countries but in certain cultures this habit could seem slightly odd. In most of Europe and America it would not surprise anybody, infact, drinking a glass of wine every day is the most normal thing in the world. However the point we are going to focus on is not cultural nor social, least of all is it about wine qualities and the pleasure that it implies.

Research studies from around the world concluded that a daily and moderate consumption of red wine extends life expectancy by about 36% more than in people who are not used to drinking it; it means that people drinking small daily doses of wine (one glass) live approximately 3.8 years longer than the ones who don?t drink it.

Additionally the people drinking a daily glass of red wine have 34% lower risk of heart diseases, a health problem which increases death rate in people with advanced age.

More benefits of red wine

Besides letting us ?live longer?, wine has other properties that could be compared to medicine. As everybody knows, red wine significantly helps the circulatory system. But than?s nota ll wine is for: Doctor Janet L. Stanford said that men drinking 4 or 5 glasses of red wine per week have 50% lower risk of prostate cancer, and stated that wine is a powerful antioxidant, a good anti-inflammatory agent and is also really helpful in eliminating carcinogenic cells.

?According to these studies, white wine, beer and other spirits don?t have the same preventive value as red wine.?

Another miraculous power of wine is its ability to aid in losing weight, because the liver processes red wine calories in a particular way: it converts them in energy and not in fat.

It?d be hazardous to reccomend alcohol for medical purposes, but it?s clear that wine has a lot of good qualities if you drink it moderately because, whatever wine or alcohol is, its consumption must always come along with common sense and moderation.

This information came from the Department of Public Health of Wageningen?s University (Holland).