Archeological evidence suggests that wine was enjoyed by the ancient Egyptian, Greek, Arab and Chinese civilizations, and in fact residues of red wine have been found in 7,000-year-old grape-based wine, the oldest archeological evidence for winemaking, discovered in the 1960s in Hajji Firuz Tepe, Iran.
See below for the ancient terracotta jar it was found in.
In addition to this rich historical heritage, wine, and red wine in particular has been found to be relatively high in certain important nutritional compounds: the polyphenols. Polyphenols are not like other nutrients in that they serve to build or repair your bodies cells, they serve the special function of protecting your cells from free radicals and oxygen radicals, which can be environmental or produced by normal cell function. These free radicals can damage cells and DNA, having a variety of deleterious effects on the body.
Polyphenolic compounds, flavonoids, flavones and anthocyanins are collectively named anti-oxidants.
Recent scientific studies (1) have shown that red wine may produce cardio protective effects via the antioxidant content of wine, and especially compared to other forms of alcoholic beverages. Red wine consumption increased HDL levels- the good cholesterol, which collect cholesterol and take it away from your arteries, and also lowered fibrinogen, which is associated with blood clotting. Alcohol does have almost the same amount of calories per gram as fat, so in order to reap the benefits of the red wine, moderate consumption is advisable.
A further consideration to maximize the protective benefits of red wine is to choose organic wine. Organic wine is preferable as it does not contain any chemicals or preservatives that can do more damage than the antioxidants in the wine can protect you from.
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