As with everything, a lot of research has been done on red wine. It is a drink that contains many valuable nutrients, including vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, K and A, but also high levels of selenium, iron, calcium and magnesium.
Red wine has a positive effect on the human heart, i.e. it has cardioprotective effects. This is because it is full of antioxidants. But it also has an outstanding anti-inflammatory effect, which is why it can help reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis, high blood pressure and heart attacks.
Red wine’s high resveratrol content increases insulin sensitivity and may prevent complications from diabetes. Resveratrol also has anti-carcinogenic effects and may therefore play a role in the prevention of certain cancers.
Researchers have concluded that low doses of resveratrol – about the same as in 2.5 dl of red wine – can reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer by about 50 per cent. However, the more red wine you drink, the lower this percentage.
Drinking red wine in moderation can help prevent cognitive decline, and resveratrol may even help prevent dementia.
Not only red wine but also white wine is rich in benefits. White wine can help you lose weight if consumed in moderation. This is because it suppresses appetite, so less food goes into your stomach at dinner.
Red wine has also been shown to have positive effects on lung health, but white wine has been described as having a much better effect on lung health than red wine. In fact, white wine improves lung function. This is also due to the antioxidant polyphenols, which are found in white wine as well as red wine. White wine also reduces inflammation and oxidative stress in the lungs, which may even reduce the risk of lung cancer.
Both wines have been shown to reduce the risk of brain disease when consumed in moderation, and their antioxidants can make the skin look beautiful.