Red wine is a favorite drink that you have surely tried countless times. What you probably don't know is that red wine contains a valuable antioxidant that has numerous he alth benefits. This is resveratrol.
Resveratrol is a type of antioxidant found not only in red wine, but also in chocolate, peanuts, grapes, white wine, blueberries, cranberries, pistachios, according to the specialist on nutrition Ella Rauen-Prestes quoted by realsimple.com.
Resveratrol is a polyphenol. Polyphenols are a group of antioxidant substances that are found in more than 70 types of plant foods, among which is wine, as a beverage originating from a plant product.
Daily consumption of small amounts of wine is thought to be associated with reduced cardiovascular risk. The phenomenon is called the "French Paradox," which derives its name from the French tradition of drinking wine every day. Research shows that the French are among the nations with the lowest cardiovascular risk, which is explained by scientists with their traditions, nutrition and the richness of their soil and climate, writes realsimple.com.
What are the he alth benefits of resveratrol?
The potential he alth benefits of resveratrol are considered many, although most studies have been conducted mainly on laboratory rats. More research needs to be done on the impact of resveratrol on human he alth, says Rauen-Prestes. However, according to her, a glass of wine and a piece of natural chocolate a day definitely make us he althier.
Resveratrol can help cells be more protected against free radicals.This is because it is an antioxidant and fights the damage and inflammation that free radicals cause to cells. When we consume more antioxidants, they bind to free radical molecules and stabilize their influence on natural processes in cells and tissues.
Antioxidants, such as resveratrol, fight cell aging, suppress inflammation in them, fight malignant processes in cells that create conditions for cancer and chronic diseases.
Is it worth drinking a glass of wine a day? Definitely yes. However, for the sake of your he alth, it is best to consult a doctor to advise you on whether it is safe to drink alcohol given your individual he alth condition.