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Why Is Red Wine Good For Cholesterol?


Wine is one of the elements present in most tables at lunch or dinner; even, it usually makes a show on great occasions, reserving the best wines for special moments. And, although it should be taken in moderation, we are talking about a “food” that may affect positively our health.

Positive effects of wine on health

As we have seen in other posts, there are many health benefits from consuming a glass of wine in our daily diet. From improving the health of the gums to improving the mood and reducing fatigue. However, in this case, we want to focus on how wine helps us reduce cholesterol.

Resveratrol: the miracle chemical

Wine is rich in many nutrients, but above all, in polyphenols. One of the most effective in the fight against cholesterol is resveratrol. It is a chemical substance rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are essential in preventing the formation of clots.

According to a study done by a Spanish institute Mayo Clinic, drinking red wine or sherry has health benefits such as, preventing blood clots in veins and, therefore, avoid cardiovascular problems and “bad” cholesterol.

Vitamin E and nutrients

On the other hand, and continuing with the benefits of wine in cardiovascular health, it is worth noting that red wine is rich in many nutrients. Vitamin E is ideal for people with heart problems or to prevent them. It has been proven that vitamin E is capable of cleaning our blood, which also prevents clots while protecting the tissues of blood vessels.

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Pruno 2016: Based on 90% of Tinta Fina and 10% of Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the secrets of Pruno emerges precisely in the 64 hectares owned by Finca Villacreces in the “Golden Mile” of the Ribera del Duero. 

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El Molar 2016: In a region with a hot and dry climate, where the brand’s winemakers mainly cultivate Monastrell grapes, El Molar 2016 stands out like a shiny diamond for its fruity touch.

Resveratrol: Could Also Help against Infertility


Resveratrol, a polyphenol found in grape skins and therefore in wine, has been prooved by a scientific study to be very beneficial against a hormonal problem that 10% of women of reproductive age around the world suffers from: Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. This is according to the study published in the Endocrine Society Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

The endocrine problem causes women to produce higher levels of testosterone and other androgen hormones such as dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate, DHEAS, which can cause infertility, menstrual irregularities and weight gain, as well as increase risks of diabetes

The study was conducted at a university in Poland where 30 women diagnosed with PCOS underwent tests where one group was given a resveratrol supplement while the other group was given a placebo.

After 3 months of the study, women who consumed resveratrol showed a reduction in testosterone and DHEAS levels by 23.1% and 22.2%, respectively, while the placebo group saw a 2.9% and 10.5% increase. In addition, women under resveratrol showed increased insulin sensitivity throughout the study.

“There are not many treatments for PCOS, and there are those that reduce the ability to conceive,” explains Antoni Duleba of the University of San Diego, “however, resveratrol is a natural substance that does not appear to show any side effects.” “Although it is too early to know whether this treatment will lead to the complete restoration of regular menstrual cycles or if fertility will improve, we have faith that it will soon and we will be safe. The bad news is that to get the resveratrol administered during the test would need to drink 100 to 200 liters of wine a day,” concluded Duleba.

We know that the consumption of resveratrol and other antioxidants contained in red wine can be very beneficial to our health, as long as it is consumed moderately. In the long run, and as more studies continue to confirm the benefits of wine, it is better to continue drinking not to be at risk.

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Beronia Reserva 2011



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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2005

Alcohol to improve olfaction


According to a study by scientists from Israel, a small amount of alcohol can help lowering the inhibitions of people, a fact that is already known by many, but as a result of this study was also discovered that it can enhance the sense of smell considerably.

For the study, 20 volunteers participated in some odor detection tests, which consisted mainly of smelling three different liquids. Two liquids were a mixture of the same six odors, while the third liquid had one of the odors replaced.

Each volunteer had two seconds to smell the fluid and detect which of them had this different ingredient. One group drank 35ml of vodka and the another, fruit juice. People with alcohol in their blood had a better ability to detect and differentiate between the different smells that those who consumed fruit juice only.

Speaking to New Scientist magazine, Yaara Endevelt, from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot and lead author of the study, said:

?If we knew more about the mechanisms that caused this inhibition, then it might shed light on why some people lose their olfaction, and that can be useful for some types of olfactory loss?.

This emerges as a kind of therapy for recovery and improvement of the ability to smell, according to Endevelt.

Alcohol present particularly in red wine, has been associated with many health benefits, primarily due to the presence of resveratrol, found in the skin of red grapes, an accredited compound that reverses the effects of aging, in addition to protecting against heart disease, that many people use in beauty treatments, and as a new way to maintain a healthier lifestyle and a healthier look.

Today the benefits of alcohol consumed in moderation are increasingly known, and the predisposition to alcohol consumption that some people had in the past is now often defeated.

Today we suggest, always in moderation, two great red wines:

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Aster Crianza 2008



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Hacienda López de Haro Crianza 2011

Wine to improve memory


According to a study published in the magazine Journal of Neuroscience, resveratrol has been shown to improve memory. This compound is present in the skin of red grapes and is able to improve short-term memory.

This study, performed by researchers from University Charité of Berlin, was focused on the effects of resveratrol in overweight people. Several test were performed before and after the study: memory tests, a blood sample and a brain scan.

23 volunteers received 200 milligrams of resveratrol daily while another group of 23 volunteers received a placebo. At the end of the study was proven that those who consumed resveratrol had better short-term memory than those who consumed the placebo.

?The study is the first to show a relationship between the red wine compound and cognition in overweight adults?, said researcher Veronica Witte.

As for the blood tests, they showed low levels of a marker of blood sugar in people taking resveratrol, indicating that sugar metabolism may be related to brain connectivity and memory.

A study of the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, said the health benefits of resveratrol are a myth. In this study a group of 783 elderly Italians were monitored over the course of 16 years, and the results indicated that resveratrol was not associated with inflammation reduction, cardiovascular disease, cancer, or a longer life.

However, this is the most used antioxidant by skin care companies, due to its highly proven anti-aging properties, and it is preferred by many compared to other options.

Do tou like buying wine about its taste, or about its wealth profits? Today we suggest:

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Viña Arana Reserva 2005



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El Coto Crianza 2010

Beauty treatments based on wine


Day by day, increasing benefits of the wine resveratrol are found, and in the world of beauty, its contribution is not less, since different brands of skin care have begun to use its antioxidant qualities.

Resveratrol is the antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes, and is now part of the ingredients in many beauty products, promising to delay aging of the skin, giving it greater firmness and elasticity.

Among the most striking beauty treatments we can find the Malbec DNA, that entered the skin care industry through grape-based products in 1995, and now spas offer wine therapies in tubs for about $ 2,000.

Others who have not been left behind about skincare using the benefits of resveratrol are Arcona, located in Los Angeles, with moisturizing wine masks, and the Greek brand Apivita, with its anti-wrinkle cream.

?Resveratrol has proven to be very powerful, and people -as it comes from wine- reacts with interest?, said cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Paul Frank from New York to the Financial Times.
Furthermore, the brand 100% PureBeauty offers products based on resveratrol, such as masks, eye creams, serums and lip glosses, and have increased their sales by over 1,000% in the last three years.

A world of possibilities has opened up for entrepreneurs in the world of beauty and with this, a range of options to pamper the skin of men and women around the world thanks to the wine.

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Conde de Valdemar Reserva 2006

The new “magic pill” is made with red wine


Some time ago we discussed the beneficial effects of Resveratrol, a component present in the skins of red grapes (and therefore also in red wine) that has begun to be tested by medical scientists on animals, in order to study there benefits. Among them, reducing obesity, their antioxidant capabilities, anti-aging benefits and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

Though one of the testing stages Resveratrol is still practiced in rats and mice, it is a reality that it has managed to absorb free radicals and aging culprits to cancer.

The Journal of Physiology recently discovered that these free radicals are necessary for the body to recover after exercise, so that a daily dose of this miracle pill also reverses the effects of exercise, including lowering blood pressure and lower levels cholesterol.
This should not alarm the wine lovers.

Remember that a dose of resveratrol is equivalent in power to 100 glasses of red wine, so it is not possible to suffer the adverse effects through a glass of wine or two. This experiment made on sixty-five years old men during eight weeks.

Similarly Resveratrol component remains the most praised for its beneficial properties since its discovery and remains accessible to everyone from ancient time through a delicious glass of red wine, as we recommend today:

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Palacio de Monsalud



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Dinastia Vivanco Reserva 2005

Like wine for chocolate

 TAGS:With bread and wine you can walk your road, we could say that chocolate and wine and the brain goes fine. At least this is what researchers have deduced at the Northumbria University, who claim that the combination of chocolate and red wine is good for the brain.

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?