Health Benefits of Wine

If consumed regularly in light to moderate amounts, red wine is well known to decrease the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other dire consequences of cardiovascular disease.

Wine relaxes the body, promotes mental happiness and with moderate consumption its alcohol can support physical health Moderate consumption of wine helps protect you by neutralizing the free radicals that stress your system and cause disease. Wine has a diverse variety of polyphenols including resveratrol to lower inflammation, procyanidins to protect cells, and ellagic acid which helps regulate blood sugar.

Adding to these natural benefits, our small lot wines are vegan, containing no animal products. They are also low in sulfites which means they taste fresh, are “hangover free”, do not cause histamine headache, promote better sleep and a healthier digestive system, protecting from pathogens and reducing inflammation.

New studies are constantly backing up the health benefits of drinking moderate amounts of wine, basically one to two glasses of red wine per day.

From decreased mortality rate to attacking cancer cells, a little wine at the end of the day can have the beneficial health effects outlined below.


Provide Antioxidants

Antioxidants are compounds that inhibit oxidation, a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals, thereby leading to chain reactions that may damage the cells of organisms. Wine is full of antioxidants that attack free radicals in the body terminating these harmful chain reactions.

Boost Immune System

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 and the alcohol itself has protective qualities as its ethanol boosts the effectiveness of vaccinations and supports a reduction in all causes of mortality.

Increase Bone Density

As we get older, our bones get more brittle, particularly in women. Bones are constantly remodeling, with old bone being removed and replaced. Normally Estrogen helps keep this bone remodeling process in good balance, however as women go through menopause and estrogen declines, they are at risk of decreased bone density and developing osteoporosis. Research has shown a link between moderate drinking and bone health, as measured by bone density since red wine has high levels of silicon, which increases bone mineral density and reduces the chance of osteoporosis.

Reduce Risk of Stroke

The compounds in wine, as opposed to other alcoholic beverages such as beer or spirits, in addition to wine ethanol are responsible for the protective effect on risk of stroke. Moderate consumption of wine can prevent blood clotting. Wine acts as a natural blood thinner, breaking up blood clots that could lead to a stroke. This lower risk of blood clotting is more beneficial to females than males. A study done by John Hopkins University Medical Center found that resveratrol found in wine could protect against stroke with moderate wine consumption because resveratrol acts as a blood thinner similar to aspirin, but without aspirin’s potential to cause stomach damage.

Reduce Risk Of Heart Disease

In the battle against heart disease, taking all necessary precautions is well worth it - especially when it involves wine. The tannins found in red wine contain procyanidins - phenols which neutralize free radicals - have shown to be effective in helping to protect the lining of blood vessels in the heart, enhancing blood vessel cell health, improving the flow of blood, and preventing cardiovascular disease.

Lower Cholesterol

One of the primary well-researched ways red wine decreases the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease is by improving cholesterol. Red wine affects cholesterol in each of ways we describe below.

  • Increases HDL Two glasses of red wine a day increases “good” HDL cholesterol. Increasing HDL helps lower the risk of heart disease because the HDL binds with cholesterol in the body’s tissues to escort it out of the body and removes fatty deposits in the walls of large blood vessels.

  • Decreases LDL Moderate red wine consumption lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol.

  • Increases size of LDL particles and decrease oxidized LDL In addition to lowering LDL and increasing HDL cholesterol, red wine has been found to increase the size of LDL and decrease its oxidation. Both the size of LDL and its oxidation with free radicals are important factors in the development of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis— the formation of plaques in arterial walls— is the main underlying cause of heart attacks and strokes. The detection of small-sized or oxidized LDL particles in the bloodstream is correlated with greater risk of cardiovascular disease.

  • Decreases Lipoprotein (a) Red wine consumption has been found to lower Lipoprotein (a) a very dangerous cholesterol-like particle that’s considered highly likely to penetrate the blood vessel wall and lead to plaque formation, causing atherosclerosis.

  • Decreases inflammation (CRP) Red wine lowers C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of chronic, low-grade, body-wide inflammation. High CRP levels are strongly correlated with cardiovascular disease and other diseases related to chronic inflammation. Inflammation, like oxidative stress, is another key factor involved in the formation of arterial plaques and the development of atherosclerosis.


Reduce Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, the polyphenols in red wine have been proven to improve sensibility to insulin which reduces insulin resistance contributing to type 2 diabetes risk. Studies also showed benefits of red wine consumption included improved post-meal blood sugar levels and better next morning fasting blood sugar levels as well as improved insulin resistance.


Reduce Risk of Cancer

The risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer can be reduced by drinking a glass of wine. The antioxidants combat 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 by attacking and killing the cells that have the highest probability of being able to cause cancer. Research has found red wine not only helps prevent cancer cells from forming but appears particularly protective against advanced or aggressive cancers.


Improve Cognitive Function

While a couple of glasses of wine can help clear the mind after a busy day, research shows that it may actually help clean the mind as well, improving overall brain function. Red wine consumption drives down inflammation and helps the brain clear away toxins, including those associated with Alzheimer's disease. As a result, it protects the brain from dementia while slowing the onset of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.


Promote Longevity

When you hear about healthy living and longevity, the Mediterranean diet emerges with its core message being olive oil, vegetables and red wine. Research shows the resveratrol in red wine activates a protein that acts as an anti-aging agent. The interaction increases overall health, thus promoting longevity.


Alone, a decreased mortality rate is enough reason to drink a glass of wine every day but when you add this to all the other health benefits listed there is a compelling reason to include red wine in your daily diet for a long and healthy life, so do yourself a favor, and pour a glass of high-resveratrol cabernet sauvignon and toast to your health.


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