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Health benefits of wine

By: Erik Loigom
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Over many years and in many countries, researchers have been exploring the health benefits of drinking wine. Some are intriguing, some are humorous and some are hard to believe.

Here are some of the researchers more beneficial findings:

Red wine fights obesity? One type of wine grape is known to contain weight loss helping ellagic acid. Red muscadine (aka “scuppernong”) is a wine grape native to southeastern U.S. and grows primarily in Georgia.

There are only about 5,000 acres of Muscadine grapes in the world.

In the battle against fighting off free radicals that cause terrible health problems such as cancer, wine could be your answer. Wine is full of antioxidants that attack free radicals when they come lurking around.

Drinking a glass of wine daily can give your immune system a boost. Moderate alcohol consumption can ward off infections and keep your immune system in check.

Red wine has high levels of silicon, which is great for your bone mineral density. It increases the density and reduces the chance of osteoporosis.

Moderate consumption of wine — and alcohol in general — can prevent blood clotting. Wine acts as a natural blood thinner, breaking up any blood clots that could lead to a stroke.

The tannins found in red wine contain procyanidins — phenols which neutralize free radicals — that have shown to be effective in preventing cardiovascular disease. Those procyanidins in red wine that promote a healthy heart also promote lower cholesterol.

The risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer can be reduced by drinking a glass of wine. The antioxidants combat nasty free radicals that allow cancer to thrive. Red wine especially is beneficial, as the resveratrol that fights against heart disease also fights against cancerous cells.

It may sound crazy, but drinking a glass of wine is like food for the brain. Drinking a single glass has shown to improve brain function. The chemicals in red wine prevent the brain’s neurons from dying off.

When you hear about healthy living and longevity, time and time again the Mediterranean diet comes up. At the core of that diet, beyond olive oil and vegetables, is wine. There is something magical inside the daily glass of wine that increases life span.

I think I will live to 150 and remember drink in moderation.

Erik Loigom is the owner of UnWined in Folsom. He can be reached at 916-357-5500.