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Red Wine For Health Aware Lot -A Guide
David and Charlotte Regan  |  December 18, 2023

Drinking wine has some benefits for human health, you may have heard or read several times. It is quite right and the thing is you have to choose the apt strains in this regard. Red wines contain compounds that do fetch you important health benefits but not all red wine variants score well. Remember that each type is made with specific fruits, the fermentation processes are unique and the same is true about the soil type where the plants were harvested!

Why Red wine is deemed good for health?

The earthy richness, pleasant notes and warm sensations that you get in a glass of red wine reveal only half of its goodness. In each glass, you get a blend of beneficial phytonutrients. There are Antioxidants, Polyphenols and flavonoids. In some red wine strains, you get a decent amount of resveratrol. There are other flavonoids too. These flavonoids fetch you notable health benefits including:

  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced symptoms of depression
  • Enhanced memory
  • Improved insulin sensitivity
  • Regulated metabolism
  • Better cardiac health

 How much red wine is good?

While red wine consumption is definitely good for your health, you have to look at the amount too. There is no denying wine comes with a good amount of calories and so drinking without moderation can add to your waistline.

On an average, you can drink 4 ounces of red wine per day, provided your health metrics are fairly normal. You can consume a 750-milliliter bottle of red wine in 5 days without exceeding the safe limits. Of course, women and men fare differently here. Men can exceed the 4-ounce limit a day with a meal but women should not do that.

It is also necessary that you think of any existing health condition before drinking red wine daily. Those with health issues like pancreas issues, liver health woes and poor sleep need to check their wine intake. The same thing can be said about men and women over 60 years and pregnant women.

So, what are the healthier red wines?

The good thing is there are plenty of red wine strains that can be deemed healthy.

  • Malbec grape-based red wines contain a lot of resveratrol antioxidants. They trample popular red wine strains like cabernet sauvignons.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon– It is known as the most harvested wine grape, globally. It eliminates cavity-causing bacteria, studies have shown.
  • Petite Sirah– It contains a generous amount of natural tannins. These contain antioxidants like thiol and resveratrol.
  • Pinot noir– In Pinot noirs, you get a good amount of antioxidants and so you can use it to combat cholesterol. It also has a decent amount of resveratrol. The overall calorie and sugar level is also on the lower side.
  • Barbera– An Italian-origin red wine, Barbera is among the healthiest red wines. It also has elevated amounts of resveratrol.

 What about the sweet red wines?

You can think of the dry blends of red wines to be safer for the heart than the sweet varieties. The dryer notes have elevated amounts of flavonoids, polyphenols etc. They are also good for regulating the cholesterol levels in your body and contain less residual sugar. You can stick to wines like merlots, cabernet francs and cabernet sauvignons.


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