The holiday season calls for a celebration! Parties are being held everywhere – literally. Speaking of which, Christmas is also fast approaching, another important event that’s worth celebrating. When there are parties, wines are always present. It brings people together, no matter what their status in life is. It makes everyone happy and there’s no doubt about that. Even in Ancient times, wines have been the beverage that is being served to everyone – except the slaves. Did you know that the Chinese are the world’s biggest red wine consumers? Surprising eh? They even outranked the French people who have been widely known as the leading wine producing country.
Grapes are the main ingredients in producing wine and France is the largest manufacturer. For centuries, wines have been part of our lives and we have been accustomed to it. This is why even in simple family dinners, you can see this exquisite beverage on the table. Aside from being a party drink or dining beverage, wines have also been proven to have multiple benefits and uses such as disinfectant, antioxidant, veggie cleaner and much more. In addition, it has also been proven to have health benefits to us all. Here are the five little-known benefits of wine that you ought to know.
Reduces Heart-Attack Risk And Heart Disease
Among the classes and types of wine, the red wine has the most health benefits. According to research, 1 to 2 glasses of red wine per day can increase overall survival rates. This explains why French people live longer compared to the British or the Americans. Drinking red wine can help prevent heart attacks and the threat of heart disease. Statistics show that people who drank two large glasses of wine a day were 13 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack.
Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes has been one of the leading causes of deaths in the world. However, a study shows that drinking a glass of red wine at night can help people with diabetes manage cholesterol. Experts say that drinking should be done moderately because if not it could negate the benefits. Aside from that, since people with diabetes are more vulnerable to heart attacks, and drinking of red wine can protect them from experiencing this condition.
Lowers Risk of Stroke
Drinking red wine in moderation can lessen risks of stroke especially for women. Experts suggest that red wine should be your first choice. The suggested amount is 1-2 glasses per day and if you go beyond that, you’re just increasing the risk of getting it instead. Wine contains alcohol that is composed of good cholesterol which prevents the occurrence of blood clots – the main cause of stroke.
Lowers Risk of Colon Cancer
A recent study showed that abnormal colon growths which can lead to cancer can be avoided by drinking three or more glasses of red wine a week. A glass a day could even cut the risk of bowel cancer risks. This is possible because red wine contains resveratrol, a substance found in the skin of grapes which are known to have cancer-fighting qualities.
Reduces Risk Of Cataracts
Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss among millions of people around the world. Now, experts say that moderate drinking of red wine can cut the risk of developing cataracts into a half. The study also found out that those who are wine drinkers were able to reduce risks of cortical cataract to 50 percent while nuclear cataract was reduced to almost 50 percent. Experts suggest drinking moderately to avoid liver problems, high blood pressure, and more.
In contrast with old beliefs, wines have a lot of health benefits and the ones mentioned above are just a few of the many. For years, it has also been used as ingredients to prepare best dishes in the world such as Champagne–Browned Butter Chicken, Chicken Picatta and a whole lot more. There are also excellent wines that are best paired with fruit desserts that will truly blow you away.
You also don’t have to worry if your bottle is half-empty, you can always reuse your wine for cooking any other incredible recipes. In life, there are thousands of things to be thankful for, so the next time you pop the bottle, don’t forget to be grateful especially this holiday season. Have a blast!