Exactly why is red wine beneficial?
(NC)—Red wine, with its concentration of polyphenois properties, is reputed to deliver several health benefits in the name of resveratrol, melatonin and flavonoids.
What do these constituents do for you?
Here's a snapshot of the findings from the Canadian Craft Winemakers Association (CCWA), an organization that supports professional techniques for making wine inexpensively at home:
• Resveratrol is naturally produced by grape skin contact during the fermentation process and high doses of it seem to mimic the effects of reducing your daily calories by 20% to 30%. This may explain why some cultures are able to enjoy higher fat diets with plenty of red wine while experiencing lower incidents of heart disease.
• Melatonin is also present in red wine. It is produced naturally by the body in small amounts and is thought to delay the oxidative damage and inflammatory processes that are typical of old age.
• Flavonoids are antioxidants and are believed to help the body neutralize certain free radicals, which may otherwise trigger the type of cellular activity that leads to cancer.
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