Studies have been carried out to demonstrate the benefits of wine. Fundamentally, it has been found that it could help prevent cardiovascular diseases and some types of tumors.
Actually, the benefits of wine are not due to alcohol, but to the presence of resveratrol, one of the polyphenols in wine. This is one of the molecules present in the grapes and consequently in the wine. Moreover, it is found in greater quantities in red wine than in white wine.
The beneficial effect of resveratrol would be
- Expanding the blood vessels and preventing their injury
- Preventing blood clots
- Decrease pain and swelling (inflammation)
- Reduce blood sugar (glucose) levels
- To prevent the agglomeration of proteins in the brain, preventing diseases such as Alzheimer’s
- Reduce “bad” cholesterol in the blood
- Decrease the risk of death from heart attack in men over 50.
- Improve the functioning of cells lining the blood vessels
Another possible benefit of wine would be to maintain healthy teeth. This is because wine would prevent the growth of streptococcus bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria influence the formation of cavities and gingivitis or gum inflammation.
Regular consumption of alcohol in large quantities has no beneficial effect on health. In fact, it causes serious gastrointestinal and neurological diseases, including some types of cancer. Liver diseases, such as cirrhosis, are also known.
Excessive alcohol consumption is harmful to health and also to the safety of individuals and others.
It is well known that a person who is under the influence of alcohol can cause irreparable damage and tragedy. In addition, it increases mortality among habitual drinkers from other causes, such as car accidents.
Therefore, simply eating grapes or drinking grape juice can be a way to consume resveratrol without drinking alcohol.
The juice of red and purple grapes may have most of the health benefits of red wine. Other foods that contain some resveratrol include peanuts, blueberries, and red berries.