Where are all my wine lovers at? Most of us have heard at some point that wine is good for you but might not be sure what the benefits actually are. Although research is still being investigated on the possible benefits of wine on the body and remains controversial among the literature, here are 3 reasons why wine has the potential to be pretty awesome for your health.
- Wine is a fermented beverage, meaning that the production process uses live organisms, which act as probiotics. Early research shows that Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) strains found in wine may help improve gut health 1,2.
- Resveratrol is a natural antioxidant that is found in large amounts in grapes and provides a protective effect on your heart 3. The benefit of resveratrol in wine and heart health has been well documented since the early 1990’s through epidemiological studies 4.
- Resveratrol in wine may also help prevent certain types of cancer through the effects on the cell cycle or even induce cell death in cancerous cells 5. More recent studies are available regarding this protective effect with prostate cancer.
Red wine is also recommended in the Mediterranean diet. To learn more about the many healthy benefits of the Mediterranean diet, check out our other article here.
Remember to consume wine in moderation. Alcohol in excess would outweigh any benefits. If you don’t drink alcohol, I wouldn’t recommend to start drinking it for the reasons listed above since you can get these benefits from other sources such as fruits, veggies and yogurt. If you’re working on losing weight, it is generally a good idea to eliminate or reduce your alcohol intake, since these beverages can contain a lot of calories. One 5 oz glass of wine typically contains about 125 calories. This would take about 33 minutes of walking or 17 minutes of cycling to burn6. Some sweet wines may have a higher sugar content from what was left in the fermentation process or even added sugar if it is fortified, which may pack on extra calories in addition to the calories from the alcohol itself. This is not always always the case though. A dry red wine with a high alcohol content may actually contain more calories than a sweet white wine with a lower alcohol content. The bottom line is to assess what your health goals are and determine whether it is right for your lifestyle. If you decide to enjoy a glass of wine now and then, know that it might offer several health benefits.
1 García-Ruiz, Almudena (2014) Assessment of probiotic properties in lactic acid bacteria isolated from wine
2 Marco, Maria L. (2017) Health benefits of fermented foods: microbiota and beyond
3 Chen, Wen-Pn (2007) In vitro electrophysiological mechanisms for antiarrhythmic efficacy of resveratrol, a red wine antioxidant
4 Jing, Su (2015) Antioxidant properties of wine lactic acid bacteria: Oenococcus oeni
5 Yu, Wei (2012) Cellular and molecular effects of resveratrol in health and disease