Red Wine Burns Fat and Lowers Blood Pressure, Plus 7 Other Health Benefits for Winos

Red wine definitely induces weight loss and a lot more!

Last year researchers from Oregon State’s College of Agricultural Studies took interest in benefits which red wine can offer, and published their findings in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. Researchers wanted to understand what exactly was going on inside the body.

They fed mice with a high-fat diet for 10 weeks. When mice were chubby enough, half of them were given extracts from Pinot noir red wine, while the other half had a general blend of “mouse chow.” The wined-and-dined mice not only stored less liver fat, but they also lowered blood sugar.  

This outcome led to the researchers’ finding that ellargic acids inside a vineyard’s grapes have the power to delay the growth of fat cells and slow down the development of new ones. So, a glass of red wine may hold the secret key to easier weight loss for many obese Americans.

In honor of the National Red Wine Day, let’s take a closer look at these 7 sip-worthy benefits of red wine:

1. Cuts cancer risk.

Researchers at the University of Virginia claim that a protein in grape skin can kill cancer cells. The protein, resveratrol, helps starve cancer cells by blocking development of a key protein that feeds them. Researchers aren’t exactly sure how, but another active antioxidant in red wine known as quercetin works against cancer cells, according to the American Cancer Society. It helps to induce natural cell death in certain types of cancers, most often colon cancer.

2. Mimics gym time

Resveratrol is also responsible for heart-healthy benefits, including improved physical performance and muscle tonus and strength. It also mimics cardiovascular enhancements similar to exercise. But the benefits are limited, so do not get inclined to trading in your cardio exercises for cabernet.

3. Offers memory protection against Alzheimer’s disease

The powerful antioxidant resveratrol protects against cell damage and prevents age-related mental decline. Resveratrol may also help improve short-term memory. After just 30 minutes of testing, researchers found that participants taking resveratrol supplements had a significant increase in retention of words and showed faster performance in the hippocampus (that is the portion of the brain associated with the formation of new memories, learning, and emotions). Resveratrol also helps to remove chemicals responsible for causing blood clots, which is the primary cause of coronary disease. 

4. Improves dental health

Another research implies that antioxidants (called polyphenols) found in red wine can slow bacterial growth in the mouth and thus they help prevent cavities. In order to test the theory, researchers treated cultures of bacteria responsible for a dental disease with a variety of different liquids. Their finding was unambiguous: red wine of all liquids was most effective in eradicating these bacteria!

5. Reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. The study conducted in 2007 suggests that red wine tannins, which give red wine the color red, contain the compound procyanidins also known for protecting against heart disease.

Some sorts of red wine have particularly high concentrations of the compound, so you need to choose your brand wisely. Another study from the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that moderate drinkers are less likely to have a heart attack.

This is due to the power of high-fiber varieties of red wine to lower high cholesterol levels. Healthy study participants, who were given a grape supplement found in red wine, had a 9% drop in LDL (the “bad cholesterol” that can clog arteries). Those with established high cholesterol, who were given the same supplement, experienced a 12% drop in LDL. Some other tests also showed that a daily dose of red wine can reduce blood clot-related stroke rates by 50%.

6. Helps fend off the common cold. Those plentiful antioxidants found in red wine, make you less likely to experience a bout of the common cold in harsh winter! 

7. Promotes longevity. Researchers at Harvard Medical School reaffirmed that resveratrol may provide anti-aging benefits by stimulating the production of a protein that protects the body from diseases caused by aging. The 2007 study published in the Journals of Gerontology supports these anti-aging claims too. Over a 29-year period Finns wine drinkers had a 34% lower mortality rate compared with beer or alcohol drinkers.

Tip back a glass of red wine when you feel like it and say goodbye to weight problems, poor eyesight, colds…

Shay N, Okla M, Kang I, Kim DM, Gourineni V, and Chung S. Ellagic acid modeulates lipid accumulation in primary human adipocytes and human hepatoma Huh7 cells via discrete mechanisms. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.