Wines have etched its significance at the gatherings of success. Whether it be tying the Nuptial Knot, Birthdays, Job Promotion or the next big move, raising a toast to the occasion with a glass of wine is the mark of accomplishment. A tradition that has been consistent through the ages. The discovery of wine is quite debatable dating back 6,000 years ago in either Israel/Palestine, parts of the middle East or what is now called Georgia. Wine was first produced out of a mishap when native yeasts stuck to grapes stored in containers turned the sugars in the grapes into alcohol. Ancient Egyptians refined the sciences of both grape growing and winemaking and included wine in burial crypts for consumption in the afterlife. Though myth owes wine production to the Greeks, they spread winemaking throughout the Mediterranean, and the Romans turned it into a big business. The Spanish exploration of the New World brought winemaking to the Americas, while other Europeans took it to Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
In our modern world, the wine culture thrives on and has gained more popularity not only because of its classy heritage but also for its health benefits which have been upheld by research conducted on the subject. However, due to the presence of alcohol, wines must be consumed in moderation or not at all. Below are benefits of a healthy wine culture.
Wine (especially Red) in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. The alcohol and certain antioxidants may help prevent Coronary artery disease, the condition that leads to heart attacks. Part of the benefits might be that antioxidants in wine may increase levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol) and protect against cholesterol build-up. Resveratrol in wine comes from the skin of grapes used to make wine and because red wine is fermented with grape skins longer than white wine, it contains more resveratrol. Though not as extensively studied as its red counterpart, white wine does have positive heart health attributes too.
Maintain Bone Density
Research on Bone mineral density (BMD) found that phytochemicals such as the polyphenols found in grape skins contribute to healthy bones. Hence the saying, Drink milk to build bones and wine to preserve them. This analogy hints at stages of development in infancy and adulthood
Wine contains flavonoids that have the ability to kill cancer cells. These natural substances are tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol which have beneficial effects such as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and thus inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
Promotes Sleep & Reduces Stress
Resveratrol contained in wine isn’t only healthy for the heart but also assists in calming the nerves and has the ability to reduce stress. Wine could also aid in managing anxiety, bad feelings, tiredness, and fatigue.
Treat yourself to a glass of our fine wines, it’s a toast that ushers you to a world of pure goodness.
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