Whether lively, sweet or full-bodied, wine is healthy. Red wine particularly has become a popular choice for a healthy beverage, compared to hard liquor or even beer, packing a good amount of antioxidants that provide powerful protection against cardiovascular diseases and certain cancers.
Medical studies since the past decade reflect the growing number of evidence on the corresponding effect of wine consumption to lower risks of hypertension and heart diseases, higher elasticity of the arteries, and the additional bonus of a slimmer body and a strong immune system. This is due to the high concentration of naturally occurring chemicals, such resveratrol and flavonoids, found in wine that wards off free radicals.
The Color Factor
There are categories of wine like rose, white and red, and it should be noted that the color is the marker for the high concentration of the beneficial antioxidants. The deeper the hue of the red varieties, the longer time the skins of the grapes were left in with the wine during the manufacturing process to achieve the right color. And as the skin is where the chemicals really abound in greater amounts, those wines belonging to this color palette are the top picks. Though the whites and roses are still healthy and no less excellent in taste too, the aim is to get the biggest bang out of the buck, thus color does matter.
How Much to Drink?
Along with the growing awareness of the positive outcome of red wine intake, the question of how much should be consumed a day in order to get the maximum health benefits naturally crops up. Given the truly appealing taste of red wine when paired with the assortment of savory meat and fish dishes, the principle of moderation applies.
Remarkably, only one or two 4-ounce glasses per day is considered to be the required amount that would deliver the best results. This is good news to the economical minded and those looking to get the most out of their money. To get the desired upshot, inclusion of wine in the diet has to come as naturally as the daily bread; one must be in for the long haul.
Much Too Much
However, studies show that imbibing too much (more than the recommended intake) will tip the scales towards the negative consequence, far outweighing the positive ones. The adage of one just can’t have enough of a good thing does not stick with wine. In fact, it could even lead to weaker bones over time.
Health and fitness enthusiasts all over recognize that the real equation of health is good food habits coupled with discipline. The same is true of wine consumption. Quality of life increases with having a strong heart and a fit body.