By now, we’re sure you’ve heard that a glass of red wine every day is beneficial to not only your mood, but also your health. Due to high amounts of antioxidants in red wine, our favorite alcoholic substance reigns supreme through its ability to decrease symptoms of aging, both physically and mentally. Now have you heard of resveratrol? It's thanks to this particular antioxidant that red wine gets its good wrap.
What is Resveratrol?
Red wine benefits are through the roof thanks to resveratrol. This is a plant compound found in red wine and is the main reason a glass of red wine a day is encouraged by health nuts and doctors alike. Why is wine good for you? Because of the antioxidants it contains. Antioxidants are something we know we should be having, but exactly what they are and do can be a bit unclear. Ultimately, antioxidants ward away physical and mental signs of aging. They are compounds found in food which delay and sometimes completely stop cell damage. Thus, cells are younger and stronger because antioxidants clear up waste before it does harm to a cell.
Resveratrol is abundant in the skin and seeds of wine grapes. So wine antioxidants are a result of pressing and fermenting wine grapes during the winemaking process. While red wine grapes hold the highest content of resveratrol, table grapes also contain this compound.
Red vs. White
Surprisingly enough, white wine can be made from red wine grapes. A large difference between red and white wine is due to the pressing and fermentation process. Red wine is produced from grapes which are pressed and fermented with their skins and seeds. White wine is made from pressing grapes without their skin or seeds. You might have heard of orange wine. Orange wine is the result of white wine grapes, like chardonnay or sauvignon blanc, being pressed and fermented with the skin and seeds. Processes a bit differently than typical white wine, orange wine slightly healthy; however, red wine still holds the highest antioxidant content.
All wine taste delicious, but red wine wins a gold medal when it comes to health benefits. Why is red wine good for you? Because of the large amounts of resveratrol in red wine grape skins. Since red wine is produced using the skins as a vital ingredient to create its velvety and smooth taste, nutrients, resveratrol, and other antioxidants, are maintained in the final product. Below are just a few red wine health benefits:
- lower cholesterol
- boost immune system
- ample antioxidants
- reduced cancer, stroke, and heart disease risk
- increase bone density
Tthe best red wine for health is a more dry red wine. Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Syrah are typically the driest types. The more dry a red wine is, the more antioxidants it contains. With sweetness comes more sugar and less nutrients. So if you’re enjoying a glass of red wine and want to keep it healthy, reach for a dry red wine and fill that glass up!
Resveratrol in Grapes
While wine grapes contain more resveratrol than table grapes, both are good sources of this disease fighting and anti-aging antioxidant. Primarily stored in the skins, resveratrol is found in each part of the grape. So while red wine is the best wine for your health, white wine still holds some benefits. Keep in mind, quantity matters - one glass of red wine a day is recommended for health purposes. However, resveratrol is not only found in grapes. Peanuts, blueberries, and dark chocolate also contain this antioxidant and are recommended in moderation.
Flavonols are another antioxidant in red wine grapes, very similar to resveratrol. Polyphenols are a specific nutrient group of flavonols with many heart healthy nutrients due to their dense composition. Polyphenols side effects…
- Boost the immune system
- Lower stress hormone levels
- Disease prevention
- Increase mental alertness
- Fight cancer cells
Wine cholesterol you might ask? Zero! Red wine has actually been proven to lower cholesterol and increase heart health. All the more reason to drink a glass!
Antioxidants in Grape Nectar
Domaine Santé mimics the pressing process in wine production. Therefore, Grape Nectar also contains resveratrol as one of its key nutrients. High in all antioxidants is our Bored-O Rouge blend. Using one of the driest red wine types, Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with Merlot and Malbec grapes to create natural liquid grape sugar that can be used in replacement for all sugars on the market. With Grape Nectar, your body receives antioxidants like resveratrol that aid in disease prevention and anti-aging symptoms, both physically and mentally. Why stick to table sugar when Grape Nectar adds so much more flavor, aromatics, and health benefits!
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