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The Fruit of the Vine

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The Fruit of the Vine

Known as the '"nectar of the Gods," wine has heen a staple in many European diets for years and has become increasingly popular here in North America as well. Not only are more people pulling the corks out of red wine and sipping happily, but they are sharing in the health benefits as well.

Known as the '"nectar of the Gods," wine has heen a staple in many European diets for years and has become increasingly popular here in North America as well. Not only are more people pulling the corks out of red wine and sipping happily, but they are sharing in the health benefits as well.

The French are a good example of just how healthy a good glass of wine can be. Known for their he art-stopping, artery-clogging saturated fat diet, their taste for unfiltered cigarettes and little exercise, the French are perfect examples of the health benefits of red wine.

Despite all of their '"bad habits" they have one of the lowest rales of heart attacks in the world. Their moderate hut consistent consumption of the wine is the most likely reason for this phenomenon. Although red wine is more renowned for its heart health benefits, it is now seen that white wine consumers are at a lower risk for heart disease than n on-drinkers are.

The health benefits of wine all come down to a natural chemical found in the wine called resveratrol. This specialized chemical stimulates an increase in a body enzyme called mapkinase, which stimulates and regenerates nerve cells. When combined together in experimental studies the resveratrol makes human nerve cells grow small extensions that can connect to other cells.

This stimulation and regeneration of nerve cells, according to a recent Italian study may reduce the risk of neuro-degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Abhcimer's.

Other research has shown that if wine–whether red, white or rose–is consumed as part of a meal it can actually prevent blood clotting triggered by fatty foods. The studies suggest that the wine's alcohol might even stimulate blood factors that may dissolve existing clots. By drinking wine at night when blood circulation is highest you are not only protecting your health at night but it carries over to the next morning–when most heart attacks occur.

Less Known Facts About Wine

  • Wine reduces the viability of bacteria and viruses and strengthens the immune system.
  • Wine has an excellent detoxifying effect on the body that can naturally combat diarrhea.
  • Consuming wine has a relaxing effect and subsequently reduces stress.
  • Wine increases life! Natural antioxidants contained in wine not only help you live longer but healthier too! Even the mortality rate of cancer is decreased through the use of wine.
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