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It's Drink Red Wine Day - and that's a good thing

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

There is some evidence that drinking red wine may offer health benefits. If you are a nondrinker, health experts do not recommend that you start drinking alcohol. 

But if you enjoy alcohol in moderation, red wine is worth considering. Red wine may be healthier than white wine because of the different fermentation processes. Unlike red wine, most white wine is fermented after the grape skins are separated from the mashed fruit and juice.

As many of the antioxidants in grapes are in the skin, red wine contains more antioxidants than white wine. Antioxidants are important for maintaining good health because they protect your cells from damage. The antioxidants found in wine are polyphenols, which are compounds found in plants. One polyphenol in red wine that is of interest to scientists is resveratrol, which may have benefits including protection for your brain, heart, and body.

RED WINE BENEFITS

Some benefits of drinking red wine can be traced to the alcohol itself, so any alcoholic drink used in moderation could have the same effect. Other research into the health benefits of red wine focuses on the particular qualities of red wine, many of which have not been fully explored.

Scientists have found these possible health benefits of red wine consumption:

Blood pressure control

The antioxidants in red wine could lower blood pressure. In a few studies of people with slightly elevated blood pressure, red wine extract lowered readings. Both systolic and diastolic pressure improved. The studies concluded that the polyphenols in red wine were responsible.

Heart health

Although more research is needed, some studies show that red wine is good for heart health because it helps reduce the risk of plaque buildup in the arteries. Resveratrol, a polyphenol in red wine, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and may reduce the risk of cancer by discouraging cancer cell growth. Although more human studies are needed to confirm this effect, early research on resveratrol in wine has shown its cardiovascular benefits. It's possible, however, that compounds other than resveratrol in red wine are responsible for a lower risk of certain cancers, including colon and prostate cancer.

Reduced risk of Alzheimer's

The polyphenols, which occur naturally in red wine, prevent the formation of certain proteins that create toxic plaques that can kill brain cells. These polyphenols can also lessen the plaque toxicity that is already present in the body, thus reducing cognitive decline. Research shows that drinking in moderation could reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia vs. no alcohol intake. Some effects of alcohol on the brain, including reduced blood thickness and increases in HDL or “healthy” cholesterol, seem to show that moderate alcohol consumption may help lower the risk of developing dementia. However, we need more research on this.

Lower risk of diabetes

A large study of current drinkers showed that a moderate intake of alcohol, especially wine, with meals could reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. The results were not the same for heavy drinking or drinking alcohol without a meal. 

 

Just remember that W.C. Fields said - it was a woman who drove me to drink and I didn't even have the decency to thank her.  You can thank me now! 

Comments (22)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Lise - cheers to those who celebrate and to others who don't imbibe.  After all, it's a big world.  🍷

Feb 18, 2024 06:53 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I actually have Red Wine with Dinner almost every night .  The Apostle Paul told us that a little wine is good for the stomach.

FYI - there are TWO AR Wine Groups who are still somewhat active 

Feb 18, 2024 06:58 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I did not know that there are wine groups here in the Rain - good to know - I am going to look for them!  Thanks Michael J. Perry 

Feb 18, 2024 07:13 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I will have some red wine and help you celebrate this special day.

Have an outstanding week.

Feb 18, 2024 07:44 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I enjoy red wine too and did not know it was red wine day! Michael J. Perry i did not know there were any wine groups on AR. You need a do a post with links to them so we can join easily! 

Feb 18, 2024 07:47 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I just looked up wine groups to join and found two I'm checking out:

https://activerain.com/groups/activerainwiners

 

https://activerain.com/groups/wineconnoisseurs

Feb 18, 2024 07:52 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912

Of course Michael is the founder of the second and Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate is the founder of the first link.  Gayle now runs a horse rescue and has participated in our Zooms calls over time😎

Feb 18, 2024 08:24 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

Dorie, thank you for sharing my group. Gosh, it's been FOREVER since I popped over here! Thanks go to Eileen Burns for mentioning me, too, otherwise I would never have known! 

Feb 18, 2024 08:34 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Dorie, I just open a bottle of white wine last night but will have red cab tonight thanks to you tell me this.

 

Feb 18, 2024 08:01 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Every day is a red wine day!  😋  Thanks for the links to the Ar groups Dorie Dillard Austin TX 

Feb 18, 2024 08:25 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

And Eileen, thank you SO much for commenting so that I received word of it in my e-mail box! Haven't been here in FOREVER. Forgot that I even had established that group oh-so-long ago! BUT, with this nudge, I will raise a red toast to Red Wine Day! Salut! Cheers!

Feb 18, 2024 08:36 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

Lisa, yay for Red Wine Day! I will toast you later!

Feb 18, 2024 08:37 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Lise,

Red wine, never a bad thing. Thank you for sharing the information. Buyers and sellers in your area will benefit from your expertise. Wishing you continued success. Have a wonderful day and sell a house. bill

Feb 18, 2024 11:08 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Lise,
I am mostly a white wine drinker. I enjoy a meal with a good Merlot, Syrah, or Menage Trois. I am aware of the purported health benefits of red wine. White wine has it's own health benefits for me... mentally speaking. 🤣

Feb 18, 2024 11:17 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

LOVE me some cab, Lise! Funny but, I have Alzheimer's in my family. For years, I've read everything I can about it but, have never heard about the red wine tidbit that you shared. Those who have had Alzheimer's were t-totalers so, that may explain them not being helped by the red wine. 

Thanks so much for sharing this! 

Feb 18, 2024 01:21 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Lise, while not a drinker I have always felt a glass of red wine, on the table, adds to the ambience of any resturant. M

Feb 18, 2024 04:35 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Lise- I rarely drink wine anymore but when I do, it's always red. 

Feb 18, 2024 05:42 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Lise Howe thank you for the reminder of Drink Red Wine Day. Many people will enjoy celebrating Drink Red Wine Day.

Feb 18, 2024 06:11 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow I must share this post with Diane I drink Bordeaux every night and she drinks Pinot Grigio every night, so I drink healthier:))Endre

Feb 18, 2024 09:48 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

p.s.: I had no idea today was drink Red wine day, good think it is red wine day for me every day:))Endre

Feb 18, 2024 09:49 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Well, I participated without even knowing that I was participating, haha.  Since I have a glass each day, I am pretty much covered.

Feb 19, 2024 04:09 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

My wine of choice is Merlot and I did partake!

Feb 19, 2024 04:39 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I did not know it was officially red wine day yesterday, but interestingly enough I did enjoy a bottle of zinfandel with the hubby. Yummy

Feb 19, 2024 06:11 AM