Is red wine the fountain of youth or a potent poison? Is enjoying a glass of red wine with dinner each evening beneficial to your health? Current research suggests that a glass of red wine each day may be providing you with more than just a little relaxation. Researchers say they've identified how a compound commonly found in red wine, peanuts, and grapes slows the aging process while increasing maximum lifespan.
The compound is called resveratrol -- a natural antioxidant, commonly found in plants (fruits and nuts, especially in red grapes, mulberries, raspberries, and peanuts) –may be able to replicate this process, allowing cells to live longer. For years, researchers have found that moderate red wine consumption may be beneficial to more than just your heart. Studies show that reservatrol reduces risk of cancer (inhibits tumor development), atherosclerosis, heart disease, and brain diseases such as Alzheimer's disease -- all diseases that are more prevalent as we age.
For over 10 years, research has indicated that moderate intake of alcohol improves cardiovascular health. In fact, in 1992 Harvard researchers included moderate alcohol consumption as one of the "eight proven ways to reduce coronary heart disease risk." However, research has suggested that specifically red wine is the most beneficial to your heart health. The cardioprotective effect has been attributed to antioxidants present in the skin and seeds of red grapes.
A four-ounce glass of wine is equivalent to one serving. Men will benefit from consuming one to two servings per day. Women should consume only one serving per day to reap the maximum benefits. This is not to say that you should start drinking alcohol if you presently do not. Occasional or binge drinkers have higher mortality rates than those who drink moderately on a regular basis. In those who consume three or more drinks per day, there is an increased risk for elevated serum triglycerides (fat in the bloodstream). Long-term, excessive alcohol consumption can damage nerve cells, the liver and the pancreas. Heavy drinkers are also at risk for malnutrition, as alcohol may substitute for more nutritious foods. Just have a regular, moderate consumption of red wine. CHEERS!!!