Stress release with the pop of a cork
(NC)—After a long hard day, there is no treat more soothing than the sound of a cork popping from a favourite red or white. Immediately, stress melts away as you begin to share your day.
And not only are there short-term benefits from a few sips of wine, but in reds especially, the concentrated properties of resveratrol, melatonin, and flavonoids deliver long-term benefits as well.
Resveratrol, for example, 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 incidences of heart disease,” says David Long of the Canadian Craft Winemakers Association (CCWA), an organization that supports professional techniques for making wine at home.
“Melatonin is also present in red wine,” Long continued. “Melatonin 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.”
Similarly, flavonoids are antioxidants too. Flavonoids are believed to help the body neutralize certain free radicals, which may otherwise trigger the type of cellular activity that leads to cancer.
The key to experiencing the long- and short-term health benefits is moderation however.
“Health specialists recommend that to stay in the range of beneficial activity, the average man may consume two, 5-ounce glasses of wine each day, and the average woman should be limited to one, 5-ounce glass per day,” Long explained. “Any more than this and the benefits are erased.”
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