An anonymous Bishop of Seville is quoted as saying: “I have enjoyed great health at a great age because, every day since I can remember, I have consumed a bottle of wine except when I have not felt well. Then I have consumed two bottles.”
While we certainly would not recommend that level of wine consumption, we do know that our favorite adult beverage offers certain health benefits when enjoyed in moderation.
Numerous studies have demonstrated that red wine, in particular, offers several benefits. Among them…
* It’s rich in antioxidants.
Darker grapes are brimming with resveratrol, epicatechin, catechin and proanthocyanidins. Of these, resveratrol and proanthocyanidins are particularly beneficial to one’s health.
* It can help keep the heart healthy.
By regulating cholesterol levels, it can help keep the blood vessels flexible. That said, heavy drinking can damage the heart, so always follow the “everything in moderation” dictum.
* It can help keep one’s memory sharp.
Studies have shown that the resveratrol that is present in red wines inhibits the formation of beta-amyloid protein, which is a key ingredient in the plaque of the brains of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
* It can reduce the risk of depression.
Especially among middle-aged to elderly people, those who drink red wine are less likely to be depressed than those who don’t. Although no specific medical reason was cited for this observation, it’s believed that wine’s role as a “social beverage” helps bring people together while minimizing isolation — a common cause of depression.
There have been numerous other studies demonstrating the health benefits of wine consumption. But keep in mind that every one of them has stressed the moderate consumption of wine.
So enjoy a glass or two with dinner, preferably with family and friends, and propose a toast to everyone’s good health.