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Cheers to your health
How wine can do a body good

02/08/18



 Drinking wine in moderation (one to two four-ounce glasses a day as defined by the American Heart Association) has its health benefits. February is American Heart Month, so in honor of that, I’m going to share some of the ways wine can help you live longer. It can certainly make you happier, too, whether you’re relaxing with a glass or attending a fun event like one of the ones coming up this month. 

I read an article at wideopeneats.com that talked about some of the basic health benefits of wine. For example, wine contains antioxidants, and they are present in both red and white wines, even though we typically think of red as having more health benefits, mainly found in the skins. Antioxidants can help us battle many health problems, including cancer. 
My argument for red wine over white is the sugar content, depending on the grape. Especially this time of year, I like to reach for a medium- to fuller-bodied wine because I find it more satisfying. Plus, in watching the amount of sugar I am consuming, I know a drier red wine, like a cabernet or chianti, has a pretty low sugar content compared to a moscato or riesling. If you are watching your sugar intake, keep the type of wine in mind, as some sweet red blends will rival other sweet white wines.
While drinking too much can bring on the wine flu, according to the article, wine in moderation can help boost the immune system. This time of year, when germs abound and sicknesses run rampant, we can all use a little help in boosting our immune systems, so pour a glass and give yourself a little help.
Phenols and resveratrol in wine have many health benefits, including lowering the risk of blood clots, which is particularly important in women. This also lowers the risk of having a certain type of stroke. According to Wide Open Eats, a study done by John Hopkins University Medical Center found that the phenols in red wine act like a blood thinner, similar to aspirin. Resveratrol is found in grape skins, so it has a higher concentration in red wine since the grapes stay in contact with the skins longer before they are made into wine.
Citing webmd.com, the Wide Open Eats article said that wine can help prevent cardiovascular disease and help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Again, while moderation is key, the tannins in wine contain phenols, which can enhance blood vessel cell health. The procyanidins in wine also help with heart health, but have also been shown to help lower cholesterol. Additionally, the resveratrol in wine increases HDL, or good cholesterol, and can help lower LDL, or bad cholesterol. Lowering blood pressure means a reduced risk of stroke as well.
I know you probably don’t need any more reasons to drink wine, but resveratrol in wine has been shown to be good for longevity, too. This is because it has anti-aging and disease fighting properties. So pour that glass, enjoy wine in moderation and know that you are also enjoying some health benefits as well.
 
Valentine’s Day festivities
Is there anything more romantic than a vineyard? Many New Hampshire wineries, including Flag Hill Distillery & Winery, Gilmanton Winery & Vineyard and Averill House Vineyard, are offering Valentine’s Day dinners and events. Some are scheduled on Valentine’s Day or the weekends prior to and following the holiday. Check their Facebook pages or websites for more information.
 
National Drink Wine Weekend
While Feb. 18 is National Drink Wine Day, some New Hampshire wineries are turning it into a whole weekend of celebration, including Averill House Vineyard (Brookline), Fulchino Vineyard (Hollis), Moonlight Meadery (Londonderry), Appolo Vineyards (Derry), Copper Beech Winery (Hooksett), and Winnipesaukee Winery (Wolfeboro).  A commemorative glass for $10 is your ticket to visiting the participating wineries from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days. You can also be entered to win some great prizes. More information can be accessed via the Averill House Vineyard Facebook page. 





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