Red or White wine? Discover which one is more beneficial for your health!
Are you a wine lover? If so, you should probably have heard about the benefits of wine on your health, as well as the risks of overconsumption.
Wine is rich in antioxidants, such as protective polyphenols (flavonoids, resveratrol, etc.) found on the skin of the grapes. With their strong anti-inflammatory properties, polyphenols protect cell membranes, raise good cholesterol (HDL) and reduce bad cholesterol (LDL), damage free radicals and prevent blood clotting. No wonder why wine not only minimizes the risk of heart disease and cancer, but also is considered to have effective anti-aging properties.
But how much wine is good for my health?
If you are not drinking, you don’t have to start it. In case you do enjoy drinking wine, well, don’t overdo it. Exaggeration can bring opposite results leading to high blood pressure, increased risk of cancer, and liver problems, extra pounds, even addiction. Research has shown that wine consumption in moderation, combined with Mediterranean-style diet, as well as regular exercise is the key to healthy life and longevity. Two glasses a day for men and one for women is the quantity doctors consider to be safe.
Red or white wine for better health?
Red wines contain 7-10 times more polyphenols than white wines, probably because they are made with the whole grape including skin and seeds and thus are packed with more antioxidants compared to white wines and other alcoholic drinks. So, if you want to benefit from wine drinking to the utmost, go for a glass of red wine next time you go out for dinner.
Select among high-end Greek wines to have this beneficial one glass per day.
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