There’s no doubt that wine is good for the soul, but it could also have benefits for your health.
There is nothing like settling down with a glass of your favourite Pinot Noir after a long day at the office, unwinding with your feet up as you savour every sip. And if previous studies are anything to go by, there are a plethora of health benefits to be had from the occasional red wine – research has found that moderate consumption of red varietals has been linked to good health.
Wine and heart health have often been associated with one another, due to the high antioxidant content assumed in many types of red wine. These antioxidants are derived from compounds such as polyphenols and resveratrol, which have long been linked with lowering heart health issues such as bad cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
Polyphenols such as procyanidin are found in the skins and seeds of grapes, meaning that wines made out of skin contact contain higher levels of these antioxidants. Young red and orange wines can all claim their stake in the title of the healthiest wine, as these varieties are teeming with polyphenols in the form of tannins. Pinot Noir is often touted as the healthiest wine due to its elevated resveratrol content, but other red varieties such as Tannat, Sagrantino, Petite Sirah, Marselan and Nebbiolo can also be deemed healthy due to their high procyanidin levels.
The bottom line? Red wine may have its health benefits, but it’s all about moderation. Studies have found these benefits are only applicable to moderate consumption of red wine, with over consumption cancelling out any goodness provided by these powerful antioxidants.
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