We’ve all heard by now about the many alleged health benefits of having a little red wine before bed.
I said a little. Put the bottle down, Jessica.
As it turns out, many of those seemingly too-good-to-be-true health benefits are, in fact, well … true. Here’s how it all pans out–from my understanding, at least.
The Science of Wine
This past weekend I decided to do a little “research” into the whole “red wine is good for you” thing, and that started with the not-at-all-scientific method of
blatantly copying tediously taking notes from internet sources.
It later led, of course, to partaking of some Merlot, but that’s beside the point.
What I found during my soporific searchings was that most red wine benefits come from a compound called resveratrol.
I know, it sounds like a prescriptions medicine (have at thee, “I don’t consume chemicals” crowd) but hold your horses. Resveratrol comes from red grape skins and can even be purchased in supplement form so you technically don’t need to drink wine to get it, but let’s be real–where’s the fun in that?
All the Essentials
Resveratrol has been shown to support longevity, combat heart disease, protect the brain, and stem cancer growth.
Resveratrol supports longer life by activating a gene called SIRT1, which combats the effects of obesity and diseases associated with aging.
To fight heart disease, resveratrol helps reduce inflammation and bad cholesterol, AKA “LDL” (I love acronyms). This can reduce the risk of heart attack by making it harder for clots to form.
By protecting nerves in the brain and stemming plaque build-up, resveratrol can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Lastly, resveratrol has been shown to hamper cancer cell growth. WebMD postulates that it may even kill cancer cells, while other sources state that it makes cancer cells more susceptible to treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.
The Fountain of Youth
Drinking wine in moderation is good for your skin–it stimulates blood flow that combats wrinkles and other signs of aging. You can also have healthier skin by bathing in the wine.
But only kind of.
As it turns out, applying wine to your skin can prevent acne, rejuvenate your skin, and keep you all bright and glowing and youthful-like.
Life In Moderation
To close things out on a more serious note, most studies recommend two to seven glasses of wine per week to keep you happy and healthy. That does not mean have nothing on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and then slam seven glasses on Friday. That’s called alcohol abuse.
The key, as with everything in life and especially alcohol, is moderation. So pop a cork on that Willamette Valley red, pour some sippy, and reverse-pop that cork and (gently) pop that bottle back into your refrigerator. It will be there for you tomorrow. It won’t go bad. To quote the man, the myth, the legend: Maury Ballstein, “For Christ’s sake, it’s a casserole, Sheila! It’ll stay!”
Or better yet, get to know the wines of Oregon a little better with a winery tour on a huge party bus. You don’t have to worry about driving and get to sample local wines from vintners all around Oregon!
Enjoy it a little bit at a time over a long time and you’ll also enjoy all those health benefits.