Wednesday, September 24, 2008

How Wine Helps Your Health

Before considering the good effects of wine on our health, let us first discuss what wine actually is. Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermentation of grape juice. At the highest end rare, super-premium wines are the most expensive of all food items. The rich and sophisticated class considers buying the most expensive wines as their status symbol. The wine which is stored for the longest period of time is considered the best.

Now let us come to the point that what is the relationship of wine with our health problems. It is scientifically proven that the intake of wine, one or two glasses per day can actually be good for our health. (Moderate wine consumption and health: A scientific perspective).

Wine can play an important part in improving our health in various ways.
Wine has been recommended by doctors for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia.
It helps vegetarians to increase their mineral absorption.
It reduces the incidences of troublesome sleeping disorders.
Wines provide benefits such as aiding the digestive process.
It stimulates the intake of nutrients and helps in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease by reducing cholesterol.
It may help lower the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

These facts can be proven by the researches which show that the per capita alcohol consumption in form of wine is very high in France but levels of coronary heart diseases are relatively low. Chemical and food experts all around the world agrees to the fact that wine contain rich deposits of vitamins, minerals and natural sugars that are often beneficial for good health and living.

Wine is also very rich in potassium and low in sodium content. Red wine contains a larger percentage of these elements; it also contains Vitamin B which comes from the skin of the grapes. Anthelme Brillat-Savarin has very rightly said that “A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine” because most of the doctors say that wine aids in production and flow of gastric juices which helps in digestion by breaking down the food in a better and more effective manner.

Many studies conducted all around the world prove that wine lowers the risk of heart attack for middle aged people by 30 to 50 percent. But wine also has its disadvantages as it contains a lot of calories. Sweeter wines that contain residual sugar as well as alcohol has more calories. But ignoring this fact, we can say that wine is very beneficial because it has flavonoids and antioxidants which other juices does not have.

According to me a glass of wine can both be pleasurable and relaxing, it has all the ingredients of our well being. For better health and lifestyle we should indulge in a lot of green vegetables, fruits, low fat diet and regular exercise, but a glass of good wine will surely add on to these in improving our health to a much greater extent.

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