January is Heart Health Month
(NC)-The human body benefits from the polyphenois properties of red wine, namely resveratrol, melatonin, and flavonoids. The key to experiencing these benefits however is moderation.
Health specialists recommend that to stay in the range of beneficial activity, the average man may consume two, 5-ounce glasses of wine each day, and the average woman should be limited to one, 5-ounce glass per day. Any more than this and the benefits are erased.
"Resveratrol is naturally produced by grape skin contact during the fermentation process of red wine," says David Long of the Canadian Craft Winemakers Association, an organization that supports professional techniques for making wine at home.
"A high dose of resveratrol seems to mimic the effects of reducing your daily calories by 20% to 30%. In fact, several studies have suggested that resveratrol may explain why the French culture is able to eat a higher fat diet than the average, while experiencing lower incidents of heart disease."
Melatonin is present in red wine, produced naturally by the body in small amounts, and is thought to delay the oxidative damage and inflammatory processes that are typical of old age. Flavonoids are also antioxidants. Flavonoids are believed to help the body neutralize certain free radicals, which may otherwise trigger the type of cellular activity that leads to cancer.
Moderation with wine consumption is also beneficial when it comes to the weekly shopping budget.
"For most of us, saving money is always a priority," Long continued, "so do remember that the newest innovations in consumer-made wine give you countless varieties at half the price. In fact, the exactness of a winemaking kit today produces, in eight weeks, as much as 30 bottles of dependable, high quality wine which is so much fun to make.
More information is available online at www.winemadesimple.ca.