Why You Should Un-'wine'

Wine has been beneficial for thousands of years.

In ancient Egypt, wine was used as an herbal wine remedy. Wine in ancient Egypt was infused with dissolved herbs, like mint, sage, thyme, honey and juniper berries. Fast forward to today, wine is considered a luxury to purchase, enjoy and share with loved ones.

Wine is a great way to relax. Whether you are a sipper that loves red or white, wine has become essential for restaurants, private caterers and for evening at home.

Wine gives us reason to look forward to the weekend. Enjoying the aroma and flavors of wine has more benefits than your time relaxed.

According to Healthline, red wines are most potent and packed with antioxidants due to grapes being fermented with skin-on. White wine has lower amounts of antioxidants due to the fermenting process not including the skin-on.

A five ounce pour is proper for a unwinding evening. It's reported as a normalcy for men and women have between one to two glasses a day. Whether you're a lover of Malbec or Chardonnay, enjoy each sip promoting health benefits that allow us to live longer life spans with less health complications like heart disease, diabetes and harmful infections.

Get to know the super food beverage a bit closer and their benefits below!

Wine is filled with antioxidants.

Red wine contains essential antioxidants like quercetin, polyphenols, and resveratrol.

Quercetin is an important flavonoid found in red wine that promotes positive heart health by moderating blood pressure, reduce inflammation and prevent oxidative stress. Quercetin combats free radicals like eye related disorders, cognition impairment, allergies, chronic fatigue or diabetes.

Polyphenols, also known as phenolics, are phytochemicals or micronutrient, have an abundance of antioxidant activity. Polyphenols play a role of a probiotic. This micronutrient is responsible for increasing good bacteria in your gut. This can help with weight management and disease prevention.

Resveratrol is a plant compound with an antioxidant role. This compound promotes good health by lowering bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol. In addition, resveratrol can protect against brain cell damage.

A study conducted at the University of Barcelona showed white wine has equal phenols as red wine.

Antioxidants in red wine help counteract oxidative stress by preventing and repairing damage caused by oxidation. Free radicals play the role in developing cancers, autoimmune diseases, cardivascular and neuro-degenerative diseases.

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Wine reduces the risk heart related problems.

Antioxidants in wine enhance the body's immune defenses and lowers the risk of developing heart conditions.

According to Wide Open Eats, the tannis evident in red wine contains procyanidins, a phenol that counteracts free radicals, are effective in reducing cardiovascular disease. Procyanidins are found in red wine. This phenol promotes a healthy heart and lowering cholesterol.

Antioxidants found in red wine can slow down the progression of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis occurs when there is a buildup of fats, cholesterol and plaque along the artery walls. According to the International Journal of Molecule Medicine, a study showed with moderate red wine intake could reduce atherosclerosis.

Resveratrol decreases bad cholesterol, also known as LDL, while increasing good cholesterol. A study done at Curtis University in Australia found regular consumption of red wine reducing LDL cholesterol levels in postmenopausal women by eight percent and increased HDL cholesterol by 17 percent.

Moderate consumption can prevent the risk of stroke by minimizing blood clotting. Resveratrol in red wine acts as a blood thinner similar to aspirin.

Another study at the Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa found improve blood flow upon consuming red wine for three weeks.

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Wine can improve brain functions and increase life span.

According to Wide Open Eats, resveratrol activates a protein that acts as an anti-aging agent.

Wine is considered "food for the brain" - just don't take it "to the head" too much. Red wine contains compound chemicals that keep brain neurons from dying. They protect the brain from dementia. Also, normal consumption of red wine slows the onset of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.

Who said having a glass or two was so bad?

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