Is Wine Healthy?!

What hasn’t been said about wine?

Extends lifespan, prevents heart attack and cancer and perhaps the ideal recipe against overweight?

The Bahat Winery team invites you to look at studies that will show you which wine to drink and how much:

The “French Paradox”

Does the “French Paradox” ring a bell? Here is a brief reminder: A well-known study found that French people suffer less heart and blood vessel disease than Americans do. This finding is surprising in light of the fact that the French menu is high in fat and cholesterol, considered to be risk factors for these diseases. A paradox indeed! The assumption is that it all boils down to the French custom of drinking a reasonable amount of red wine daily.

It is healthier to drink Israeli red wine!

Unlike white wine, red wine undergoes fermentation with the skin left on. The grape skin contains a polyphenol called resveratrol, which is really a natural antioxidant. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals in our body. These harm body cells and can cause cancer, heart and blood vessel disease, and they lead to aging. When red wine is prepared, the skin is left to immerse in the grape juice for a long time, absorbing polyphenols, which remains after the juice becomes wine. It is important to note that different varieties of wine contain different amounts of polyphenols, as does the same type of wine from different vintage years. This is because wine is affected by the type of land on which the vines are grown, the variety of grape, the weather and more. In this regard, we will note that Israeli wine contains almost double the amount of polyphenols in foreign wines. The production processes of different varieties of wine indicate that red wine has an antioxidant potency 20 times the amount of sweet red wine and 44 times that of white wine.

Wine and Health

  • Wine gladdens the human heart – Polyphenols delay the oxidation of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) – the dominant factor in the development of atherosclerosis (a disease in which excess cholesterol clings to and clogs artery walls.)  Also, their consumption prevents platelets from sticking, thereby lowering the risk of blood clots, which cause heart attacks. Furthermore, studies have found that a moderate intake of wine could prevent recurring heart attack among those who suffered one in the past.
  • Wine Delays the Development of Cancer

Different studies have found that these antioxidant chemicals, which come from grape skin and are found in red wine, suppress the reproduction of cancerous cells. Additional studies in this field have identified resveratrol (a type of polyphenol) as being highly significant.

  • Wine to life!  — A new published study has found that resveratrol is also effective in delaying aging and extending lifespan.
  • Wine for watching your weight – Three studies dealing with the relationship between drinking wine and overweight found that those with a moderate daily intake are at lower risk of overweight compared to either persons who abstain from alcoholic beverage or heavy drinkers. They also run a lower risk (of 54%) of suffering obesity. At the same time, researchers warn that drinking alcohol is not a new weight loss method!
  • Additionally, studies claim that a moderate and regular intake of wine is effective for a number of conditions and diseases, including reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, cataract, and stroke.

Wine Wine Also Has Something to Offer:

A study by Professor Holgar Shunman from Buffalo University in New York found that red wine could benefit the heart, but that lungs prefer white wine. Researchers found that drinking white wine is closely associated with better lung functioning. Their study further notes that lung functioning could be an indication of overall health and is in fact a very good predictor of heart disease.

What is a “reasonable amount”?

A moderate intake means one glass of wine per day for women and up to two glasses for men.

Women are advised to drink half the recommended amount for men because their liver contains about half the amount of the enzyme that breaks down alcohol, and is why alcohol remains in their blood for longer.

Remember, as with all things good, one should not go overboard. The key is moderation, and in any case, one thing at a time, and remember: don’t drink and drive!