We pull it out for celebrations, and use it to relax after a long day of work. We use it to mark the end of the year, and as a way to make every meal special. Yes, we are of course talking about wine.
Over the years, the healthful claims of wine have been broad, ranging from the scientifically proven to the utterly ridiculous. With so much information out there about the health benefits of this wonderful beverage, it begs the question: Is Wine Actually Good for You? As is the case with many of life’s secret pleasures, wine has a bounty of prosperous assets, as long as it is enjoyed in moderation.
The best way to make any wine work for you is using a StiQit with your glass.
Resveratrol – Nature’s Miracle Drug
Found in the skins of ripe grapes, Resveratrol is an antioxidant that has been linked to a variety of health benefits. Studies have shown that Resveratrol is correlated to strong blood flow and helps maintain healthy heart function.
Resveratrol is a double hitter in that it not only protects blood vessels from free radicals, but it also aids in the production of nitric oxide. This chemical helps keep blood vessels dilated at appropriate levels.
The drug has also been linked to an increased ability for the body to fight cancer cells. Studies have shown that moderate wine consumption reduces the risk of Colon Cancer by 50% and Prostate Cancer by 52%.
Low Carb, Low Cal, Full Flavor
For those watching their calories, wine is an easy choice. As compared to the following beverages, wine has an average of 123 calories per serving. Much less than the commonly produced commercial beer or cocktail.
Beer – 154 calories
Margarita – 153 calories
Manhattan – 187 calories
Cosmo – 212 calories
Sazerac – 180 calories
Piña Colada – 245 calories
Mojito – 242 calories
As compared to many other choices, wine has by far the fewest calories and is thus a good option for those trying to cut back their waistline.
Wine also has far fewer carbs than many of our other favorite adult beverages. With an average of only 4 grams of carbohydrates per serving, wine has less than ⅓ the carbs of beer, coming in at 13 grams in the average bottle or can.
Balancing your Cholesterol
Studies have linked drinking one to two glasses of wine daily to increased levels of HDL. HDL, often called Good Cholesterol is involved in clearing blood vessels of LDL, or Bad Cholesterol. LDLs will clog blood vessels, creating a buildup which hinders your blood’s ability to flow.
Even if your body is unable to remove all of the bad cholesterol from your veins and arteries, wine has found a way to help. Phenols in wine have been linked to antioxidant properties which help prevent leftover LDLs from doing too much harm.
Those with a sensitivity to sulfites often experience a range of unpleasant symptoms as a result of consuming wine. These symptoms can include: Hives, headaches, nausea, difficulty breathing, and abdominal cramping. Sulfites have also been linked to the forming of free radicals which directly relate to a wide range of types of cancer.
Sulfites occur naturally during fermentation and help many producers with shelf stability. They are used to kill pests and bacteria in wine, so their complete elimination in production is unlikely.
Fortunately, there is an easy solution to this pesky problem. Stiqit is a sulfite removal tool that can be used on red, white, sparkling, fortified, and rosé wines. It takes just a few seconds and removes those pesky chemicals leaving you with delicious, sulfite-free wine. With sulfites’ ability to concentrate free radicals, Stiqit is great even for people without the sensitivity.
Downfalls of Overabundance
Consuming greater than one serving of alcohol a day for women, or two servings for men, can have serious negative impacts on your health. Long-term overconsumption has been liked a many different sorts of cancer, including liver, mouth, and colon.
Your liver is especially susceptible to damage from alcohol, as when toxins are cleared from your body they are filtered through the liver. Chronic heavy drinkers face many potential problems such as Alcoholic Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, and Fatty Liver Disease. The symptoms of these conditions range from mild to life-threatening, and deserve every attention.
So, is wine actually good for you? The short answer seems to be yes. If you come prepared with the right tools and don’t overindulge, the healthful benefits of drinking wine are enormous.