Many of you have probably heard that drinking a glass of red wine is good for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Many studies proved that wine is a rich source of healthful compounds that help in reducing heart diseases and maintain body’s immune system. The alcohol and certain antioxidants contained in red wine help to prevent artery damage by controlling HDL and LDL cholesterol level. Red wine and its benefits have been studied extensively for a long period of time and some findings suggest that it can enhance a better lifespan, prevent against certain diseases, good for mental health and so on.
Some of the current research studies have explored that a moderate wine consumption may provide you with more than just heart benefits. Some of the latest studies found that red wine consist of digestive probiotics which is capable of improving intestinal health of the body.
Red Wine and its Beneficial Impact on Your Gut
It is a general fact that all of us need good bacteria in our gut to maintain a good intestinal health. But the reality is that many people don’t know about how to keep up a healthy gut balance. Gut microbiota are microorganisms that are present in the intestine and the imbalance of these bacteria cause effects on immune system and metabolic health. Having a balanced mix of bacteria in your intestinal tract helps to easily digest food, regulate immune system and helps to produce essential vitamins.
Foods and supplements with probiotics (healthy bacteria) have become widely popular among people, because such food items help to enhance digestive health. The fact is that probiotics are increasingly added to such kind of food items. But there are some food products such as yogurt and wine which contain probiotics naturally, enhancing the growth of good bacteria. With the recent studies on gut health, researchers shed light on the possible beneficial effects of drinking red wine and its effect on intestinal health as well.
A moderate intake of red wine helps to improve the digestive health of the body and also provide associated benefits. The polyphenols present in red wine have the prebiotic effect which is beneficial for the progress of intestinal bacteria, called gut microbiota. Polyphenols are natural compounds which are present in beverages, coffee, tea, red grapes and some nuts. It is the first time polyphenols are analyzed and the studies assessed the red wine and its beneficial impact on gut.
Results of a case study (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition), it is stated that the polyphenols in red wine help to improve the level of some gut bacteria including Bifidobacteria, Prevotella, Enterococcus and bacteroides. In the study 10 participants were asked to avoid alcohol for a certain period of days. Then for 20 days they consumed red wine and in next phase of 20 days they consumed red wine without alcohol. In the last phase, they consumed a moderate amount of gin. The researchers tracked the fecal microbiota changes in every phase. The researchers found that the red wine effectively produced improvement in the good bacterial composition of the gut.
Other Major Health Benefits of Red Wine
In addition to the improvement in intestinal health, the case study found that there are other major health benefits associated with red wine. The red wine also indicated beneficial impact on blood pressure level and total cholesterol level. Red wine consists of the antioxidant resveratrol which reduces the LDL cholesterol level (bad cholesterol) and prevent damage to blood vessels. Both red wine and white wine varieties contain resveratrol, but red wine contains more of this antioxidant.
Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant which helps improving lung function. Red wine also contains flavonoids, a powerful antioxidant, which works as a cancer preventive. Studies also show that those who have a moderate wine consumption can effectively lower the risk of heart attack to a certain percentage.
Red wine includes proanthocyanidin which is a powerful antioxidant. Free radicals cause damage to cells of the body and antioxidants helps to prevent this. Most of the dark red wines contain high amount of antioxidants. Some antioxidants present in red wine help to reduce the signs of aging. Drinking one/two glasses of wine per day helps to prevent degenerative diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Red wine including non alcoholic red wine can effectively harden your enamel and thus prevent tooth decay.
It also helps to reduce inflammation in the gums. Compared to other alcoholic drinks, wine is effective in improving omega-3 fatty acid level in plasma and blood cells. Maintaining a good level of omega-3 fatty acids provides protection against coronary heart disease. Some studies also reported that a moderate consumption of red wine can reduce the risk of depression in both men and women.
The Amount of Red Wine Intake per Day
Research shows that the regular, moderate consumption of red wine could have a significant effect on developing a healthy gut. Red wine is the one and only way to build up a balanced healthy gut. But it can be considered as a quiet relaxing way to improve your healthy gut bacteria. One serving of wine is equal to a four ounce glass. Men can consume one or two servings of red wine per day. In the case of women, a moderate consumption of one serving per day is good for health. Alcohol contained drinks stimulate appetite and it is good to drink red wine with food.
Above all, a moderate wine consumption is the key element to a healthy lifestyle. If the wine intake per day exceeds a normal limit, it will result in serious health problems. Drinking too much wine increases your risk of heart problems, high blood pressure, obesity, liver problems and other issues. Individuals with congestive heart failure, liver disease, depression and other health problems should not take any kind of alcohol at all. It is strictly advised that individuals with such problems should consult with their physician before consuming red wine or any other alcohol contained drinks.
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