The French population as a whole tends to consume a good bit of cheese, butter, bread and red wine and yet maintains relatively low levels of cardiovascular issues as a nation, along with smaller waistlines in general. What is the reason of this French Paradox?
Resveratrol has been suspected to be one of the “magic keys”, the miracle compound of red wine, one the primary anti-oxidants that is found in grapes. Take into account how moderate quantities of red wine can keep you healthy.
1. Inhibits Growth of Fat Cells
Believe it or not, but drinking moderate amounts of red wine can actually help inhibit the growth of fat cells and therefore help you manage your weight. The reason behind this is that a compound called piceatannol, which that is contained in red wine, actually inhibits the development of immature fat cells. For these immature fat cells to mature and grow into actual fat cells, they need to gain access to insulin’s ability to activate genes that carry out further stages of fat cell formation. This process generally takes around 10 days. Piceatannol actually binds to the insulin receptors of these immature fat cells, thereby inhibiting their ability to develop further, and preventing their transformation into fat.
2. Helps Prevent Heart Disease
There is another miracle component contained within red wine is resveratrol.
It’s a powerful anti-oxidant and can prevent low density lipoprotein, or LDL (“bad cholesterol”) from oxidizing. When LDL is exposed to oxidizing substances it can lead to a sequence of events involving your immune system that may eventually lead to the formation of plaque that can constrict your blood vessels. Resveratrol can prevent this reaction from occurring by binding to the LDL in your body before the oxidizing substances reach it. This can lead to much healthier blood vessels.
3. Controls Blood Sugar
Red wine can also benefit those that suffer from type 2 diabetes. For those of you that are unaware, people that have type 2 diabetes generally experience a rapid rise in blood sugar immediately following a meal
Studies show that red wine is very effective at slowing the passage of glucose through the small intestine into the bloodstream, thereby being able to control blood sugar levels, and potentially preventing a blood sugar spike.
4. Prevents Age-Related Memory Loss
Resveratrol is back at it again. Not only does this little compound have multiple benefits for your body, it can also help your mind by preventing age-related memory loss
5. Prevents and Starves Off Cancer Cells
Yes, that’s right. Red wine has been shown to even help starve off cancer cells that are caused by excessive alcohol consumption. Excessive alcohol consumption bombards your genes which can result in cells with DNA damage. These are the ones with the highest likelihood of becoming cancerous.
Resveratrol challenges these cells and kills off the ones with the most DNA damage, thereby preventing them to turn into cells that can eventually lead to cancer. Although red wine contains alcohol as well, by limiting your drink to one a day, you won’t consume enough to damage your body, and you can ensure that the benefits of positive chemicals contained within red wine far outweigh any negative effects that the alcohol may have.
6. Extends Your Life Through Anti-Aging
The component in red wine, resveratrol, is able to activate the sirtuin genes. This, combined with a healthy lifestyle, is said to be a main contributor of the longevity experienced by the people of Ikaria Greece, who live on average 10 years longer than in the rest of Europe and the US.
7. Increases Testosterone Levels
Aside from the much talked about benefits of resveratrol, there is another little compound contained in red wine, called quercetin. This compound can help naturally increase testosterone levels as was found in a recent study published in the Nutrition Journal.
8. Improves Muscle Strength
Resveratrol improves muscle strength as well as heart function.
The research showed that “resveratrol showed similar results to what you would see from extensive endurance exercise training.
9. Improves Your Metabolism
Red wine contains another compound called ellagic that helps in boosting the metabolism of the fatty acids in liver cells. It improves liver function in overweight people by boosting the burning of fat
10. Helps Fight Cavities
There are two factors in red wine that contribute to it being effective at fighting tooth decay. The first one is the high level of anti-oxidants that help to kill these bacteria. The second is based on how long the liquid remains on the teeth which is known as 'substantivity'. The higher the substantivity, the more effective the liquid is at killing bacteria.
But, How Much Wine is Too Much?
The goodness of red wine can be easily countered with the negative effects of alcohol. So how much wine is too much? According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans:
“Alcohol should be consumed in moderation. It is not recommended that anyone begin drinking alcohol or drink more frequently on the basis of potential health benefits.”
Moderate Drinking Definition
• 2 glasses of wine for men daily
• 1 glass of wine for women daily
So guys, next time you sit at dinner table and think twice about the red wine, just keep the health benefits in mind and enjoy the drink in moderation.