Health Benefits of Red Wine
Cheryl and I attended a Leadership Workshop ( Klemmer and Associates) in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago. And, as we often like to do.... add something and fun and new into the mix. We attended a day long wine tour of the Napa Valley. We had the most delightful guide – Joe – who took us to 4 wineries. One of our favourites was the Madonna Estate. It has been run by the Bartolucci Family since 1992. In addition to practicing natural farming methods, they also combine traditional and modern winemaking techniques. As the third oldest winemaking family in the Napa Valley, it is important to them that they continue the commitment to farm naturally and preserve the winemaking traditions of past generations.
Health Benefits of Red Wine Have you ever wondered why people living in certain regions of France have a relatively low occurrence of heart attacks, despite their high-fat diet? Their heart health may be linked to red wine that many French people drink with meals. Experts have identified a potential link between red wine and and lowering your risk of heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants: Its antioxidant content may be one of the biggest health benefits of red wine. Antioxidants are molecule compounds that repair cell damage caused by harmful oxygen byproducts in the body.
Some research has found that antioxidants can help reduce the risk of certain kinds of cancer, heart disease, macular degeneration and diabetes — and red wine is full of them. The skins and seeds of red grapes carry a particularly powerful antioxidant called resveratrol. When red wine is made, the skins and seeds are fermented in the grapes' juices, causing red wine to have high levels of resveratrol. Cancer prevention: Resveratrol has also been shown to minimize the risks of some types of cancer. It helps prevent DNA mutations that could lead to cancer, and it prohibits new blood cells from encouraging cancer growth.
Bottom Line: Enjoy a glass of red wine. It's good for you!