Does wine really have health benefits? Many researchers believe so, and as a result, this beverage has received much news coverage. But what gives wine its healthful properties?
The benefits of wine may be explained with the antioxidants in grapes. One particular antioxidant, resveratrol, is a type of plant estrogen found in grape skins that has been shown to fight inflammation. Although white wine also has potential health benefits, red has the highest concentration of resveratrol. Additionally, the fermentation process used to make wine allows resveratrol to be readily absorbed by the body.
One particular wine that is very high in resveratrol is pinot noir. Pinot noir is a very unique grape and wine. In France, it is simply called a “red Burgundy,” after the region where it is grown. In the Americas, it is named by the grape itself: pinot noir. This wine is known for its velvety texture, smoothness, and lingering flavor. It is a very delicate and difficult grape to grow that requires great skill, as it has some of the thinnest skin of any grape and is extremely temperamental.
So enjoy a smooth glassof red wine tonight with dinner and drink to your health!
Cynthia Matossian, MD, FACS