Monday, 19 October 2015

The Benefits to Drinking a Glass of Red Wine a Day

The Ideal Wine Company team recently learned that new research has indicated that drinking a glass of red wine a day could be good for people with type 2 diabetes.

Health benefits

If you’re a regular reader of the Ideal Wine Company blog, you’ll know that various studies have shown that there are a number of health benefits to red wine. The anti-oxidants in your favourite tipple can be better for you than an hour in the gym, as well as help ward off age-related memory decline. New research has shown that red wine might also be good for people with type 2 diabetes as well.

The study

The Independent reported that it was research recently published in the ‘Annals of Internal Medicine’ journal that suggested this ground breaking finding. The study involved 224 participants with type 2 diabetes (which is linked to obesity), and who often abstain from alcohol. The subjects were randomly asked to drink 150 millilitres of water, white wine or red wine with their evening meal for two years.

Participants who had a glass of red wine with their evening meals had healthier blood fat profiles. In other words they had more “good” cholesterol than participants who drank mineral water or white wine. They boasted better cholesterol levels and healthier hearts, something researchers linked to the phenol antioxidants found in the dark grapes used to create red wine.

Found to be superior

Iris Shai, the professor from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev who served as the lead scientist on the study, commented on its results. Shai said: "Red wine was found to be superior in improving overall metabolic profiles.

"Initiating moderate wine intake, especially red wine, among well-controlled diabetics, as part of a healthy diet, is apparently safe, and modestly decreases cardio-metabolic risk. The differential genetic effects that were found may assist in identifying diabetic patients in whom moderate wine consumption may induce greater clinical benefit."

Try our red wine

This just goes to show that you can reap a number of health benefits when you drink a glass of red wine a day. Here at the Ideal Wine Company we feature a number of fabulous red vintages on our product list. You might want to buy the Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT 1990, a delightful vintage from Italy that’ll provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime experience.