Wine is one of the most popular beverages in the world. Each country in the world has its own way of making wine. It is an important drink during celebrations, events, rituals and celebrations throughout the world. Most health conscious people take wine for better digestion.
Because of the taste and alcohol that is present in wine, many people like to drink wine. This is actually good. Beneficial effects of wine can be favorably gained through slight or moderate consumption.
The healthful effects of wine are a subject of debate and great study. In the US, there is a significant increase of the sales in red wine. This was initiated from health news reports coming from France.
The French reports stated that there is a lesser incidence of coronary heart disease in France than in USA. This was quite surprising for US dieticians considering that the traditional French diet has high amounts of saturated fat. Experts suggested that this could be due to the significant consumption of wine by the French.
Studies, though, have shown a J curve association between wine consumption and heart disease. This means that heavy drinkers and those who never drink wine have higher chances of having heart diseases. However, slight drinkers have a less risk. Moderation is always the key to good health.
Another healthful effect of wine that is being theorized is that moderate consumption of wine can improve a person’s resistance to cancer. This is especially true for red wines. There is evidence that red wine contains a lot of polyphenols that are responsible for cancer prevention.
Many researchers have observed that a chemical called resveratrol is responsible for the healty effect of red wine. This chemical is naturally produced by grape skin in reaction to fungal infection during fermentation. White wine, though, has less resveratrol because of the absence of grape skin during fermentation. Resveratrol is both cardio-protective and chemo-protective, as shown in animal studies. Aside from this chemical, red wine also contains antioxidants and flavonoids.
Red wines from southwest France and Sardinia, Italy have high levels of the compound procyanidin.. Procyanidin helps suppress the production of a peptide called endothelin-1 which is responsible for constricting blood vessels.
If too much wine is drunk, however, the consumption of alcohol can have adverse effects. That is why people are always cautioned to drink wine in moderation.