24 Oct

The Benefits of Reds

256px-a_wee_glass_of_wineHaving a glass of wine after a long day is a perk for many; a good way to relax and wind down.  And while having a chance to relax is a great thing, there are also health benefits to consuming wine on a regular basis.

While the amount varies depending on gender and body size, one glass per day for women and two for men is considered healthy.  Red wine contains resveratrol, an anti-oxidant that has shown promise in animal studies for reducing oxidative stress and therefore reducing the occurrence and severity of chronic illnesses.  White wine does not contain the same levels of resveratrol because it is fermented without the skins of the grapes, which is where the compound is located for the most part.

To date, no official human studies have been completed on the benefits of resveratrol.  Through empirical data studies, it has been shown that individuals that consume red wine regularly have lower levels of depression and a slower overall aging process, and that red wines may help prevent some cancers, prevent non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, type two diabetes and dementia.

Find Non-GM wines at Organic Wine Exchange!

As long as it is Non-GMO

Organic Wine Exchange is committed to creating organic wines that retain all of the quality that wine drinkers are looking for.  All of their Non-GMO wines are certified through the Non-GMO Project so they are guaranteed.  When you visit their website, hover over the “Shop” tab and select “By The Attribute.”  There you will find a section dedicated to Non-GMO wines.

Caution with sulfites and sensitivities

There are some individuals, myself included, that have a sensitivity to sulfites.  This manifests itself primarily in prescription medications but the sulfites in wine can also be a trigger.  Sulfites are produced naturally during the fermentation process, but conventional wine makers add sulfites to the final product as a preservative.

If you know you have sulfite sensitivities, be aware that drinking wine may not be advisable depending on the level of the sensitivity.


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