Red wine is the most ubiquitously-enjoyed alcoholic beverage — even churchgoers religiously take a sip of the bittersweet drink every Sunday. Scientific findings now support this weekly religious ceremony! It turns out that a daily glass of red wine is extremely healthy for your body, and if you’re a believer — it’s healthy for your soul too!
The average French citizen exercises less than the typical American, whilst simultaneously consuming a diet consisting of fat-rich foods such as cream sauces, cheeses, and pastries. Despite that, plus a heavy smoking habit, French citizens develop less heart disease than Americans — about half the U.S. rate, actually! The prevalence of obesity among French citizens is less than among Americans, as well.
Why is the average French citizen healthier than the average American? Medical physicians believe it’s due to their cultural daily consumption of red wine. The typical French citizen annually consumes 16 gallons of red wine, whereas the typical American consumes only 2 gallons a year. Scientists have pinned down the miracle chemicals in red wine which are responsible for bestowing cure-all effects: resveratrol, procyanidins, and piceatannol.
Procyanidins and Piceatannol
People living in The Gers of France partake of an extremely high saturated fat diet. They cook almost everything in duck fat. The majority of their meals are made of sausage, pork skin, cassoulet, and various cheeses.
However, the greatest of France’s longevity is concentrated in The Gers. The Gers’s average number of living 90+ year-old men is twice that of the nation’s average! The current record holder for longest living person is held by Jean Calmeet, who lived in The Gers her whole life and kept a strict daily routine of drinking red wine.
How is this possible? The procyanidins and piceatannol concentrations are four times greater in the red wines of The Gers. These two chemicals stunt fat cell maturation, inhibit new fat cell genesis, decrease risk of plaque buildup in blood vessels, and hinder insulin’s fat storing function. Simply, these two chemicals keep you from getting fat, which is probably why habitual red wine consumers have the least amount of abdominal fat compared to other frequent alcohol consumers.
Of the three miracle chemicals in red wine, resveratrol’s benefits makes the other two seem negligible – regulating your blood sugar and boosting your immune system are just the start!
Research has found that people who drink a daily minimum of one glass of red wine have a significantly decreased risk of developing dementia or cancer due to the resveratrol in red wine. Resveratrol inhibits cancer cell growth via suppression of specific metabolites which only cancer cells need. Its antioxidant properties help prevent cancer cell genesis and Alzheimer’s disease. Its antioxidant properties also repair damaged cells and shield both your damaged and undamaged cells from future damage. Studies show that regardless of the stage or severity of a cancer, resveratrol hinders malignant tumors from spreading.
Like procyanidins and piceatannol, but awesomely amped up, resveratrol also fights against fat. It actually shields your blood vessels from plaque buildup, while simultaneously reducing bad cholesterol levels and inhibiting abnormal blood clots. In fact, mice fed a high fat diet had improved health and increased life spans subsequent to being routinely administered only resveratrol. Doctors state that moderate consumption of red wine decreases heart disease risk by 20 to 30 percent.
If you’re skeptical about what you’ve read so far, you’ll find this next bit simply unbelievable! Resveratrol actually bestows the same benefits as endurance exercises. In fact, scientists are saying that one glass of red wine is equivalent to exercising moderately for an hour! Resveratrol increases heart rate, strengthens muscles, and improves overall physical performance — just like a routine gym workout. Its effects are so promising, they’re looking into whether resveratrol supplements can substitute for physical exercise for the disabled, or patients recovering from surgeries or immobilizing injuries.
And the most astounding of resveratrol’s benefits? Eternal youth! Sounds like science fiction? Well, red wine isn’t exactly the fountain of youth, but studies show that resveratrol slows cell aging by interacting with the gene (called SIRT1) which maintains cell longevity and function. Also, since free radicals cause our cells to age faster, and since resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant, resveratrol eliminates free radicals in your body, preventing symptoms of premature aging caused by free radical damage. Thus, the resveratrol in red wine keeps you looking youthful and lengthens your life too! If you find this hard to believe, think back to Jean Calmeet. If that’s not enough proof, then consider that the average lifespan in France is 82, whereas it’s 79 in the U.S. – and remember, the French eat as much fat, if not more, than Americans, sans exercise.
More and more physicians and health nuts are recommending that you take a glass of red wine everyday. What better excuses do you need to enjoy a glass of red wine to relax in the evening, than to prevent cancer, dementia, and heart disease? If you forget to exercise, no problem! That one glass is your jog around the block. So, why not have the best of both worlds? Have that glass and relax, you’ll live longer and stay beautiful too!