A Glass a Day, Keeps The Doctor Away.
That’s how the saying goes right?
There’s a couple of people come to mind immediately when I think of the benefits of drinking wine. I’ve heard that old line time and time again, “sure I’ll just have one more, it’s good for you!”.
It looks like they were on to something though. There are several benefits to drinking Italian wine, and I’m not just talking about using white wine to clean up red wine.
There is actual, real health benefits to the glorious nectar.
These benefits have been boasted right back as far as ancient Egypt, where the Egyptians dissolved herbs in wine to heal stomach aches, infections and other ailments.
So, without further ado, here is our definitive list of excuses to tell your friends why one for the road is absolutely vital:
Italian Wine Lowers Cholesterol
Antioxidants in Italian wine are proven to stop bad cholesterol from accumulating, as well as lowering the risk of blood clots and diabetes.
The procyanidins in red wine that promote a healthy heart also promote lower cholesterol.
So there you have it, your liquid lunch is medically advised if you suffer from high cholesterol!
Italian Wine Reduces The Risk Of Depression
Now, we are certainly not advising anyone to drink their tears and knock back a bottle when they’re feeling down. That’s a bad idea.
However, enjoying a nice glass of Italian wine as part of a moderate drinking lifestyle, is a great way to brighten up your day and de-stress.
Compounds within the grapes’ skin have been found to impede the inflammatory process associated with mental illness and depression.
So don’t feel guilty about your guilty pleasure!
Italian Wine Boosts Your Immune System
Does drinking wine boost your immune system? Yes.
Should you use it instead of your vitamins / daily Actimel? Absolutely not.
Drinking a daily glass of wine can give your immune system a nice little boost. Moderate alcohol consumption can help ward off infections and keep your immune system in check.
However, like all things, don’t overdo it as excessive alcohol consumption can lead to negative effects and would defeat the whole purpose of drinking for the health benefits!
Italian Wine Can Help Reduce The Risk Of Cancer
Along with its ability to lower cholesterol, back up the immune system AND fight depression, Italian wine has also been proven to help fight off free radicals. To us laymen, free radicals are one of the main causes of cell and DNA mutations, which are linked to cancer development.
Red wine is particularly potent in this battle, as the resveratrol that fights against heart disease also fights against cancerous cells!
You heard it here first ladies and gentlemen. Italian wine is basically a superhero. You can expect to see a bottle of fine Merlot lining up with the rest of the Avengers any time now..
Italian Wine Has Proven Anti-Aging Properties
Now. at this stage, you’re probably thinking “is there anything wine can’t do?”.
Well, yes. Unfortunately, it can’t turn back the clock and make me a tad-bit younger. It can however, slightly slow down the process!
A glass of red wine can help fight off inflammation and stress, which are often the cause of premature aging.
According to some experts, even the grape pulp and pips are still rich in resveratrol after the wine making process, and these can be used for exfoliating facial scrubs.
So not only does wine make you feel great, it’ll make you look great. Sit back and relax with a nice glass and an exfoliating mask and let your worries float away!
The Italian Kitchen
So there you have it folks. Next time you’re getting the shifty eyes for pouring that mid-week glass of wine, you’ll have all the fire-power you need to justify yourself!
But remember, all drinks should be enjoyed in moderation, as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
If you’re looking to sample some of the finest wines the Mediterranean has to offer, then The Italian Kitchen, the finest Italian restaurant in North Dublin, only sources the best Italian wines, hand picked by our head chef and sourced directly from Italy, as with all of our fresh Italian ingredients.
The Italian Kitchen at Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport, Stockhole Lane, Swords, Co Dublin