Red Wine Benefits Improve Your Health

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Red Wine Benefits Improve Your Health

Every year there are numerous headlines about the health benefits of red wine. But can drinking it really make a difference? The good news is yes. Recent studies that there are many health benefits associated with moderate red wine consumption. Not only can consuming one to two glasses a day help protect us from heart disease, it also safeguards against many other ailments.

For many centuries, several cultures have found that wine is an important role in happiness and a healthy lifestyle. In the modern world, wine is accepted as a healthful drink, and in the United States are we are rediscovering its medicinal value and benefits.

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The French Paradox

The French paradox was a term coined by Dr. Serge Renaud to describe the apparent unusual relationship where the French, especially those in the South of France, eat incredible amounts of artery clogging and heart-stopping saturated fats, smoke heavily, and exercise very little, yet their incidences of coronary heart disease are very low. Their daily and moderate consumption of red wine was given as the most likely factor for this phenomenon. His investigation into this paradox led to the conclusion that it was the French people’s consumption of red wine protecting their hearts from the saturated fats they consume. Renaud appeared on 60 Minutes in 1991 to outline the details of his French paradox theory and within weeks of this program airing, sales of red wine in the United States increased by 40 percent (about 2.5 million bottles).

The Healing Properties of Red Wine

Red wine is made from a fruit which is high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances or nutrients in our foods which help to protect our bodies from free radicals. Antioxidants act as “free radical scavengers” and hence prevent and repair damage done by these free radicals. Today, many studies have shown that red wine derives its health benefits from high levels of an antioxidant called “resveratrol” present in the seeds, skins and fermented grapes. Because of the long process and extensive fermentation of grapes in red wine production, high levels of resveratrol are found in bottled red wine. As defined, resveratrol is a type of polyphenol known as “phytoalexin” that is a group a compounds that plants use to defend themselves attacks such as undue stress, possible injuries, or UV radiation, and certain diseases such a fungus and infection.

The Health Benefits of Consuming Red Wine

  • It is good for the heart – There are specific substances in wines like tannins and flavonoids which can increase the levels of good cholesterol or high density lipoproteins (HDL) in an individual’s blood. Wine’s antioxidants also lower the bad cholesterol or low density lipoproteins (LDL) therefore preventing an individual from developing various cardiovascular diseases, heart attacks, and strokes. It also contains resveratrol which has an anti-clotting effect, lowering the risk of stroke and heart attack.
  • It may help prevent menopause, breast cancer – and estrogen related conditions in the body because resveratrol is also a phytoestrogen, which mimics the estrogen in the body
  • Helps prevent the development of certain neuro-degenerative diseases – Studies have shown that that the resveratrol present in wine can help prevent aging individuals from developing diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, that affect people as they age.
  • It can help prevent food poisoning – Certain compounds in the wine help cleanse toxins from the body. It can also help an individual to avoid dysentery and diarrhea.
  • Red wine can prevent and cure various gum diseases – Gum disease which is caused by inflamed tissue in the gums is a common affliction, especially among smokers. Individuals with gum disease are often advised to drink red wine because the polyphenols in it can lower the levels of free-radicals that cause infection and bacterial growth in the mouth.
  • Consumption can help prevent certain cancers – Due to the antioxidant effect of resveratrol, experts believe that moderate and regular consumption may help possible cancer cells from multiplying
  • It can prevent the development and progression of dementia – especially in older individuals.

While many Europeans would argue that many glasses or even of bottles of wine each day with dinner is moderate and healthy, many experts define moderate consumption as two glasses a day for men and one glass a day for women (due to differences in metabolism and weight). Over four glasses a day, Renaud warns wine has an adverse effect on death rates. Although it still protects the heart, excessive drinking increases the risk of cancer and liver and kidney disease. In moderate amounts, detoxifying small amount of alcohol is not a strain on these organs. However, once you exceed four glasses a day the liver and kidneys become overworked cleaning out your system.So where does all this leave us? Is red wine beneficial to our health?

The answer is certainly yes, but you must temper your enthusiasm for wine with responsibility. If you can drink moderately then you will benefit, if you cannot you may suffer the harmful effects of alcohol. In addition, wine is not a cure-all. Simply drinking wine is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle with a nutritious diet, regular exercise and not smoking. So drink to your health! But do so responsibly and moderately so that you may continue to enjoy great wine for many years to come!

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The issue of wine and health is a topic of considerable discussion and research. Wine has a long history of use as an early form of medication, being recommended variously as a safe alternative to drinking water, an antiseptic for treating wounds and a digestive aid, as well as a cure for a wide range of ailments from lethargy and diarrhea to easing the pain of child birth.

Ancient Egyptian Papyri and Sumerian tablets dating back to 2200 BC detail the medicinal role of wine, making it the world’s oldest documented man-made medicine. Wine continued to play a major role in medicine until the late 19th and early 20th century, when changing opinions and medical research on alcohol and alcoholism cast doubt on the role of wine as part of a healthy lifestyle and diet.

In the late 20th and early 21st century, fueled in part by public interest in reports by the U.S. news broadcast 60 Minutes on the so-called “French Paradox”, the medical establishment began to re-evaluate the role of moderate wine consumption in health. Studies have since shown positive benefits of the phenolic compound resveratrol with continued research attempting to better understand its functions in wine and the body.

The 1990s and early 21st century saw a renewed interest in the health benefits of wine, ushered in by increasing research suggesting that moderate wine drinkers have lower mortality rates than heavy drinkers or teetotalers.In November 1991, the U.S. news program 60 Minutes aired a broadcast on the so-called “French Paradox”. Featuring the research work of Bordeaux scientist Serge Renaud, the broadcast dealt with the seemingly paradoxical relationship between the high fat/high dairy diets of French people and the low occurrence of cardiovascular disease among them. The broadcast drew parallels to the American and British diets which also contained high levels of fat and dairy but which featured high incidences of heart disease. One of the theories proposed by Renaud in the broadcast was that moderate consumption of red wine was a risk-reducing factor for the French and that wine could have more positive health benefits yet to be studied. Following the 60 Minutes broadcast, sales of red wine in the United States jumped 44% over previous years.

This changing view of wine can be seen in the evolution of the language used in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Dietary Guidelines. The 1990 edition of the guidelines contained the blanket statement that “wine has no net health benefit”. By 1995, the wording had been changed to allow moderate consumption with meals providing the individual had no other alcohol-related health risk. From a research perspective, scientists began differentiating alcohol consumption among the various classes of beverages – wine, beer and spirits. This distinction allowed studies to highlight the positive medical benefits of wine apart from the mere presence of alcohol. However wine drinkers tend to share similar lifestyle habitats – better diets, regular exercise, non-smoking – that may in themselves be a factor in the supposed positive health benefits compared to drinkers of beer and spirits or those who abstain completely.

Danish epidemiological studies suggest that a number of psychological health benefits come from drinking wine. In a study testing this idea, Mortensen et al. (2001) measured socioeconomic status, education, IQ, personality, psychiatric symptoms, and health related behaviors, which included alcohol consumption. The analysis was then broken down into groups of those who drank beer, those who drank wine, and then those who did and did not drink at all. The results showed that for both men and women drinking wine was related to higher parental social status, parental education and the social status of the subjects. When the subjects were given an IQ test, wine drinkers consistently scored higher IQs than their counterpart beer drinkers. The average difference of IQ between wine and beer drinkers was 18 points. In regards to psychological functioning, personality, and other health-related behaviors, the study found wine drinkers to operate at optimal levels while beer drinkers performed below optimal levels.


The Best Way to Get Red Wine

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The second of the Tasting Club events at Coupe Space was Big(ger) Reds. Lead by Anne Martin of Anne Martin’s Wine Services and Leslie Fraser, we were guided through a tasting of 8 reds.
My favourite of the evening was a Concha Y Toro Syrah

The Best Way to Get Red Wine

With all the available wines to choose from, sometimes, it is easier if you simply let somebody do the selecting for you. This is one of the many reasons why a number of wine connoisseurs join a wine of the month club. Such clubs are organized for members to enjoy a bottle of exceptional wine without going from one store to another.

Wine of the month clubs are well aware of the fact that wine lovers have their own preferences. As a member, you do not have to worry about receiving some wine you will just end up storing in your cellar or giving away to your colleague. Essentially, the choice is still up to you. Most clubs let the members select, among the types of wine, the ones they like to get. For example, if you love red wines, just check the box indicating that you want to receive only red wines.

The majority of wine clubs offer two red wines, two white wines, or a bottle of both every month. However, if you are a hardcore red wine drinker, there are red wine clubs too. As what you would expect from the name, a red wine club only provides their members the best red wine.

There are a variety of red wines to choose from. Though red wine clubs limit their shipments to red wines, there are several red wines produced all over the world. In order to ensure that what you will be getting is indeed something you wish, you have to mention specifics. Do you prefer Old World wines? Are you open to the idea of trying new wines from recently established wineries? Do you have a soft spot for Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon?

Of course, it is always helpful if you know some red wine basics. Red wines are recognized for their tannins and good aging potential. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon may resemble one another but the former is noted to have lower tannin levels. Barbera has remarkable acidity balanced by its low tannin level. Barolo is a type of red wine best served after long aging. Amarone has full rich flavors with a hint of sweetness to the point of being faintly fruity. For red wines that are medium-bodied with subtle tannic content, try Carmener and Chianti. Zinfandel is also one of the popular red wines these days with its fruity characteristic. Other wines with fruity-like flavors are Tempranillo (strawberries), Sangiovese (cherries), Petite Sirah (blackberries), Grenache (berries), and Gamay (bananas).

On the other hand, if you are not that familiar with red wines and you just developed a taste for them, red wine clubs can serve as perfect source of information. You can take advantage of the newsletters and pamphlets offered by the clubs. Also, when they send out wines to members, they make certain that important details are included in the delivery of the wine of the month such as a brief background of the winery, serving suggestions, and even approximate time for aging.

If you are one of those people who loves surprises and are on the lookout for rare finds, this is a great opportunity for you. By joining a wine club, red wines that are hard to get will be delivered in your doorstep with you not having to do anything. You can even share the experience by applying membership for your friends. Red wine club memberships are indeed exciting gifts especially during holiday seasons.

Aside from the guarantee of receiving the finest of red wines every month, the chance to expand your wine knowledge, and the prospect of being the ideal gift, add the possibility of saving some dollars when you join red wine clubs. They order in bulks and as a rule, wineries sell them at a cheaper price and you get to reap that benefit. No doubt, this is the best way to get red wine. For more information and tips on Best Red Wine visit,

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The Health Benefits Of Drinking Red Wine

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Health Benefits of Drinking Red Wine

So is drinking red wine good for your health or not? The jury is still out but appears to be leaning towards the answer ‘yes’. That a few glasses of red wine a week is good for your health.
And it appears to be because of an ingredient in the wine called Resveratrol

Resveratrol (3,5,4′-trihydroxy-trans-stilbene) is a phytoalexin produced naturally by several plants when under attack by pathogens such as bacteria or fungi.

Resveratrol is currently a topic of numerous animal and human studies into its effects. The effects of resveratrol on the lifespan of many model organisms remain controversial, with uncertain effects in fruit flies, nematode worms,[1] and short-lived fish. In mouse and rat experiments, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, blood-sugar-lowering and other beneficial cardiovascular effects of resveratrol have been reported. Most of these results have yet to be replicated in humans.

In the only positive human trial, extremely high doses (3–5 g) of resveratrol in a proprietary formulation have been necessary to significantly lower blood sugar.Despite mainstream press alleging resveratrol’s anti-aging effects, there is little present scientific basis for the application of these claims to mammals

Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes and is a constituent of red wine, but apparently not in sufficient amounts to explain the French Paradox.The French Paradox is the observation that French people suffer a relatively low incidence of coronary heart disease, despite having a diet relatively rich in saturated fats. The term French Paradox was coined by Dr. Serge Renaud, a scientist from Bordeaux University in France.

When a description of this paradox was aired in the United States on 60 Minutes in 1991 with the proposal that red wine decreases the incidence of cardiac diseases, the consumption of red wine increased 44% and some wineries began lobbying for the right to label their products “health food”.The program catalysed a large increase in North American demand for red wines from around the world. It is believed that one of the components of red wine potentially related to this effect is resveratrol.

In 2008, a study found that high doses of resveratrol (a constituent of red wine) mimicked some of the benefits of caloric restriction (including reduced effects of aging) in mice.

Research suggests that moderate drinkers are less likely to suffer heart attacks than are abstainers or heavy drinkers.Therefore, the alcohol in wine might be a factor in the French Paradox. Wines, particularly red wines, are a source of low levels of resveratrol. High doses of reseveratol have been linked to longevity and cancer prevention in other species

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How to Get the Most From Your Red Wine

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How to Get the Most From Your Red Wine

If you like red wine but don’t know much about it, you’ve come to the right place. In this article we look at some handy tips for buying and serving red wine.

Work up through the sizes

If you are going to be serving more than one glass (or bottle) of red wine, the key thing to remember is to work through the sizes. In other words, start with a light red wine such as a Merlot, Barbara or Gamay, then move onto a medium bodied wine like a Tempranillo, Pinot Noir or Malbec, and/or finish with a full bodied red wine such as Shiraz, Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon. If you start with the heavier red wine first, you’ll find that this will overpower the lighter red wine.

Full-bodied red wines are best saved for food

Big, powerful red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz work best with tasty red meat. Why? Because these red wines are full of tannins, body and alcohol, which taste good with meat proteins but are often too harsh drunk on their own.

Light red wines work best over lunch

Soft and gentle red wines, such as Merlot and Gamay, are a great choice if you are drinking over lunch. This is because they are low in tannin, alcohol and acidity, which makes them easy to drink and not too powerful for the afternoon ahead. Similarly, they are a great choice as an aperitif, or for drinking on their own on a summer’s afternoon.

How to Get the Most From Your Red Wine  – Buy for the person and occasion

Everyone has different tastes when it comes to red wine, so make sure that you buy your red wine to suit the person who will be drinking it. For example, if you are buying for yourself, go for something that you will like, not what the shop assistant or your friend likes. Also, it’s worth considering the occasion. If you hosting a dinner party, then a big full bodied red wine is bound to come up trumps but if you are having a lunchtime drinks party then a softer and fruitier red wine will be far more appropriate.

How to Get the Most From Your Red Wine  –  Focus on the style

When it comes to choosing a bottle of red wine, if you don’t know where to start or could do with a helping hand, it’s worth looking to retailers who focus on wine styles. Wine styles can give you a lot more choice compared to if you focus on grapes, countries or regions. For example, if you know that you like an Aussie Cabernet Sauvignon, the chances are you’ll stick to that in future, but if you discover that you like “Huge Reds” (full bodied, fruity reds) then you’ll have a host of different grapes to choose from including Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Zinfandel from Old and New World Countries.

Look to where the value is

Don’t be tempted to splash out on big brands or famous names, as you’ll end up paying for the labels. Instead, it is far better is to look to the lesser known regions, where you’ll get all the same quality for a fraction of the price. For example, try a Chilean Cabernet Merlot as a value alternative to a Classic Bordeaux.

Serving is the easy bit

The key to serving red wine is to place it in the kitchen before drinking to ensure that it is the right temperature. Also, especially if you have an old vintage or full-bodied red wine, you might want to open in advance to let it breath. Easy as that!

So now you’ve got the tips, you’ll be ready to put them in to action.

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Red Wine is Very Good for Health

Red wine is very good for health and its keeping health condition. So drinking red wine is good for your heart, lungs, kidneys, brain and more. Because red wine is fermented with grape skins longer than is white wine, red wine contains more resveratrol. Red wine is a particularly rich

source of antioxidants flavonoid phenolics, so many studies to uncover a cause for red wine’s effects have focused on its phenolic constituents,

particularly resveratrol and the flavonoids. However, the evidence seems clear that regular, moderate consumption of red wine is beneficial to

your health.

If your goal is a healthy, fit body, a red-wine habit is not the worst vice in the world. Recent research has indicated a substance called

resveratrol, which is found in the skin and seeds of grapes used to make wine, has promising heart-healthy benefits. It has been linked with all sorts of health benefits over the years: the heart, the lungs, prevention of breast cancer, prostate cancer, tooth decay, longevity and just

general wellbeing. The main health benefit of moderate alcohol use appears to be related to its effect on the development of atherosclerosis or

the accumulation of fatty plaques in the blood vessels, particularly the coronary arteries that supply the heart. Recommendations to consume

moderate amounts of wine are limited to individuals with a clean bill of health. Similarly, in countries like Australia, the US and the UK, wine drinkers are believed to smoke less,exercise more and generally lead ‘healthier’ lifestyles than most beer drinkers. It could therefore be that healthy lifestyles associated with wine drinking are protective against heart disease, rather than wine drinking itself.

The so-called “Mediterranean diet”, which includes a larger intake of wine, has been credited with lower rates of heart disease in those countries, despite a higher intake of saturated fats. The pro-red wine studies suggest antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart. It’s not yet known how beneficial eating grapes or other foods might be compared with drinking red wine when it comes to promoting heart health. It’s interesting to note that if I have a second glass of wine at the end of a busy week, my heart rate and blood pressure drop significantly. However, more research is needed before we know whether red wine is better for your heart than are other forms of alcohol, such as beer or spirits.

” One to 2 drinks per day of any alcohol type have been shown to increase HDL cholesterol by about 12%. Some researchers believe that resveratrol

might be the key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces “bad” cholesterol and prevents blood clots. Other

studies also indicated that red wine can raise HDL cholesterol (the Good cholesterol) and prevent LDL cholesterol (the Bad cholesterol) from forming.

One of the well-known and most studied benefits of red wine is its heart protective effect. The diversity of red wine is such that it can match any type of food. A succulent fillet steak washed down with a glass of fine red wine is one of the great gastronomic double acts. Hopefully, cooler heads will prevail, and the medical findings that red wine is actually beneficial for one’s health will pave the way toward adopting the red wine consumption on a larger scale.

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Australian Red Wine – Shiraz

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Today I had an old friend over for dinner. We don’t catch up often enough but we have managed to do so in December 09 and now today which is quite a feat for us.

Being a long time wine lover I have built up a reasonable collection over the years. They are wines that I love and can afford to drink at the time I buy them, not quite the league of the French Grand Cru but if you are enjoying the wine then it is a good wine. Last December I had the good fortune to pick up a very rare Henschke decanter from a shop that was closing down. To mark the first time I am using this decanter I pulled out a special bottle of wine from that winery.

The Henschke Hill of Grace is widely regarded as the second best Australian red wine behind the Penfolds Grange. Its horses for horses, I have tried both and yes they are sensational wines. Shrek and his wife were rather surprised but pleased to be trying their first Hill of Grace. I cooked up a braised beef ribs dish that required a full bottle of zinfandel which was a perfect complement to the main wine.

We polished off the bottle of 1989 Hill of Grace, but there is a small portion of the beef ribs left. It has been a good day.

Australian Red Wine – Shiraz, Fitted Wonderfully With Australia

Australia is fortunate with abundant sunshine of which enables our fruit to reach maturity to excellence. No matter the vagaries of a specific red grape variety, there will definitely end up being a part of Australia which can offer it everything it really needs. Even toughies including old-fashioned Malbec or even black-as-pitch Petit Verdot turn out a treat.

Usually, the drier the wine region, the much more likely it’s going to create rich, full flavoured variations which countless consumers come to affiliate together with Australian red wine. However, Australia likewise offers cool climatic temperatures nicely acceptable to red types which in turn produce lighter along with more sophisticated red wine varieties.

The world’s classic top quality red grape styles happen to be all found in abundance in Australia.

Cabernet Sauvignon has got numerous organic “homes” amidst Australia’s wine regions. The well-known Coonawarra terra rossa soils have created excellent Cabernet Sauvignon for more than a hundred years, whilst a couple of locations can compare with Western Australia’s Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon for pure stylishness.

When it comes to much cooler areas the difficult grape Pinot Noir fits in effectively, whilst the extremely versatile Shiraz, expresses itself incredibly nicely in nearly all but the coolest areas. Quite a few associated with the milder local climate regions are usually also home to that unconventional and superb Australian speciality wine beverage, sparkling red Shiraz.

Hardly any other grape offers such a exclusively Aussie personality as Shiraz. Try to reproduce many may but the vast majority of the world’s wine makers will not duplicate the mulberry, spicy, kind of  ‘a wild’ flavour that can only be Australia’s very own.

Shiraz (the identical grapes as Syrah in France’s Rhone Valley) was initially just one of the earliest vine varieties to land within Australia in 1832. So suited was it on its brand new turf that plantings prospered and it wasn’t long before the nation wide population began to take it for granted. Even so, from the nineteen-eighties most people had begun to be aware of precisely how extremely versatile this could be, its appeal changed dependent on the actual district in which it was initially grown.

Every single type surfaced from exquisite, peppery cool local climate styles (Heathcote within Victoria) to much more intensely flavoured spicy types of Coonawarra and Margaret River to strong and minty (Clare Valley), sweet and chocolaty (McLaren Vale), muscular, and ripe-fruited (Barossa), and leather and rich (Hunter Valley).

Shiraz, has ordinarily been blended in both cool and warm parts of the country with Cabernet Sauvignon can be blended with Grenache and Mourvedre in warm environments.

Lately, with the availability associated with elevated plantings of Viognier in Australia, wine-makers have much more often blended Shiraz Viognier combinations. Typically, Shiraz Viognier blends have a very perfumed aroma and smoother tannins which make these kinds of wines ideal to take pleasure from whilst rather young.

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Australia’s red grapes are amongst its greatest assets: after all, who could imagine a world without classic Australian Shiraz? Australia is blessed with abundant sunshine which enables our grapes to ripen to perfection. Whatever the vagaries of a particular red grape variety, there will be a part of Australia that can give it everything it needs. Even toughies like rustic Malbec or black-as-pitch Petit Verdot turn out a treat. In general, the warmer the wine region, the more likely it will produce rich, full flavoured styles which many people come to associate with Australian red wine. However, Australia also has cool climatic conditions well suited to red varieties which produce lighter and more delicate red wine styles. The world’s classic premium red grape varieties are all found in abundance in Australia.
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