We’ve all heard the rumours - "Moderate wine drinking is good for you", says one newspaper. "Drinking wine does more damage than it does good" says another. Well after a number of studies from across the pond, we can all go to sleep knowing that the glass of wine you had earlier is actually doing you a whole load of good. We, of course, have no biased one way or the other...but this is what we've heard.
Wine, particularly red wine, has a load of antioxidants. These little molecules are great as they help mop up all the free radicals found in the body. Free radicals are particals that, when left alone, do lots of damage to cell tissue. Without antioxidants, a build-up of these free radicals can lead to cancer...
One victory for wine drinking!
Wine also helps reduce circulation related illness. Procyanidins found in the tannins of red wine are great at regulating an excess of cholesterol: a major factor determining the likelihood of heart disease, heart attacks and strokes.
YES! Two victories for wine.
Lastly, regular (moderate) wine drinking also helps stop the onset of brain functioning problems. Deterioration is measured at a considerably faster rate in non-drinkers than moderate drinkers. What better than a glass of Pinot Noir to sharpen the mind?
BOOM! That’s three victories for wine. I think I’ll raise a glass to that.