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The magic health ingredient in wine is the flavonoid. These flavonoids have antioxidant and anticlotting properties that fight cardiovascular disease. Flavonoids are found in fruits, vegetables, teas, chocolates and herbs.

In the case of wine, grape skins contain significant amounts of flavonoids and other polyphenols. While both red and white wine contain flavonoids, red wine, because of the winemaking process of fermentation with grape skin, is said to contain up to 10 times more flavonoids than their white counterpart. White wine lovers however do not despair. There are white wines that contain high flavonoids too.

Some white wines also go through grape skin contact during fermentation similar to a Chardonnay. This is the reason why the Chardonnay varietal wine is normally greenish yellow in hue compared to the very translucent light yellow color seen in most white wines. Rosé wine is in between red and white in flavonoid count.

Another health saving polyphenol found in mostly red wine is resveratrol, one of the antioxidants that comes from grape skins and seeds (tannins). Recent studies, though still inconclusive, already show resveratrol to prevent cancer by restricting tumor growth.

Experimentations done with laboratory mice already proved this theory. So wine, in particular, red wine, seems to be the perfect antidote for age-related illnesses such as cancer and heart disease.

The health angle is so real that moderate drinking on regular or even daily basis, is highly encouraged.

While a normal bottle of 750 ml. size may be excessive for one, the sharing now comes in for practical reason. Wine has always been a social drink, and now there is a legitimate wellness benefit that makes it doubly motivational. And the best part of it all, wine is not medicine, with zillions of choices, we can get to choose the better ones for added pleasure.

So, rather than munching on a celery stick and counting on much flavonoids, a glass of wine can do the same trick. Let us all drink to health… moderately of course

Source: Manila Standard

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