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If you’re a wine lover—you’re in luck. February 18th is National Wine Day! And if you are anything like me, that would be all the convincing needed to enjoy a glass of red wine — preferably made from grapes grown at high-altitude climates. But, for those of you who need further proof, science speaks for itself.

By now, you’ve probably heard how a moderate consumption of red wine is good for the heart, but the benefits don’t stop there. Why? Well, it’s not the alcohol content. It actually a powerful compound in red grapes and other dark-colored produce. You see, grapes and their seeds are rich in polyphenols. That’s why grape seed extract is part of the energy-boosting Gundry MD Vital Reds formula.

I realize I talk about polyphenols a lot. And for good reason! I cannot stress how wonderful they are for you.

Last fall, I was vacationing in Portugal’s Douro Valley wine region. Walking through the breathtaking vineyards with leaves changing colors, I was reminded of polyphenols. So, I asked my wife, Penny, to film me, and made this video about the benefits of polyphenols — all shot on location:

5 Amazing Benefits of Red Wine

Moderate consumption of red wine — one 5-ounce glass per day for women, and two glasses per day for men — can be good for more than just heart health. Red wine is rich with a polyphenol called resveratrol, which has numerous health benefits. But don’t just take my word for it, check out these five proven specific benefits:

1) Resveratrol is believed to promote cellular proliferation (kind of like cell growth) and stop apoptosis (cell death). It’s been linked to stopping enzymes that cause inflammation, meaning red wine can reduce inflammation! 1,2

2) Along with its anti-inflammatory properties, it’s also considered to be anti-viral. Basically, the promotion of cell growth and the prevention of cell death are a huge plus here, as those functions can help viruses from spreading within the body. So, drinking red wine can help keep you from getting sick. 3

3) It’s also been linked to anti-aging effects. Resveratrol is believed to stop cell death, which could help slow the body’s appearance of aging, especially in the skin. 4,5

4) It could help keep you slim! “According to a 13-year study conducted on more than 19,000 women, consuming light to moderate amounts of alcohol reduced the chances of becoming overweight.” Four types of alcohol were tested in this study, red wine, white wine, beer, and liquor. Of those tested, red wine was found to have the strongest slimming results.6

5) Resveratrol has shown promise in reducing symptoms linked to health problems within the body’s major arteries. By stopping inflammation and promoting cell growth, the antioxidant could possibly assist in reducing lipid buildup and more. 7

Sources

1 N B, BE J, Poljak A et al. Resveratrol as a Potential Therapeutic Candidate for the Treatment and Management of Alzheimer’s Disease. – PubMed – NCBI. Ncbinlmnihgov. 2016. Accessed October 28, 2016.
2 N B, BE J, Poljak A et al. Resveratrol as a Potential Therapeutic Candidate for the Treatment and Management of Alzheimer’s Disease. – PubMed – NCBI. Ncbinlmnihgov. 2016. Accessed October 28, 2016.
3 Schagen S, Zampeli V, Makrantonaki E, Zouboulis C. Discovering the link between nutrition and skin aging. Dermato-Endocrinology. 2012;4(3):298-307. doi:10.4161/derm.22876.
4 Bastianetto S, Dumont Y, Duranton A, Vercauteren F, Breton L, Quirion R. Protective Action of Resveratrol in Human Skin: Possible Involvement of Specific Receptor Binding Sites. PLoS ONE. 2010;5(9):e12935. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012935.
6 Keeps You Slim and Trim from 10 Reasons Wine Is Good for You. The Daily Meal. 2017. Accessed February 17, 2017.
7 Higdon, Ph.D. J. Resveratrol. Linus Pauling Institute. 2005. Accessed October 28, 2016.

 

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