Liquor stores in Vancouver might not be the first place that you think of when looking for health products, but some research has linked moderate alcohol consumption with positive health outcomes. Wine, in particular, has a number of benefits, which vary by type. Red wine often receives the most acclaim for its potential to reduce risk of heart disease, stroke and even cancer, but all wines can provide some physical health support.
Red wine is usually the first wine you think of when it comes to health benefits of alcohol. And for good reason – consuming red wine can help thin your blood. Thinner blood can lessen the risk of stroke, and the power behind red wine’s ability to do this comes from a substance called resveratrol, which is found in red grape skin. Resveratrol may also reduce undesirable LDL cholesterol – and that’s just the beginning of the support red wine can offer.
Additionally, red wine contains:
• Tannins, which can improve vascular function and protect against heart disease
• Silicon, which helps to maintain bone density
A study from the Harvard Medical School concluded that men who consumed 4 to 7 glasses of red wine every week even had a lower rate of prostate cancer.
Although red wine usually gets the most attention, lovers of white wine do not need to change their preference for health. A study from the University of Barcelona measured higher levels of antioxidants in some white wines compared to reds. Antioxidants fight free radicals that damage cells and cause diseases such as bowel or breast cancer.
Drinking a moderate amount of white wine throughout the week will deliver similar cardiovascular results as drinking red wine. Researchers at the University of Buffalo determined that white wine could actually promote better lung function than red.
If rosé is your favourite type of wine, you shouldn’t feel left out. Rosé drinkers could also enjoy similar health benefits to those who drink red or white, by consuming cancer-fighting antioxidants, anti-inflammatory polyphenols and blood pressure-lowering potassium in each glass. Rosé could also aid in the reduction of LDL cholesterol and provide possible protection from rheumatoid arthritis.
In addition, rosé often has fewer calories than white or red wine, so it can be a good choice for anyone looking to manage their weight.
All wines contain various levels of disease-fighting compounds, which means you don’t have to sacrifice taste for health – just ensure that you’re drinking responsibly. St. Regis Liquor Store in Downtown Vancouver stocks a wide variety to suit any palate so any choice that you make when shopping for wine or liquor can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Even opting for beer could let you tap into the health enhancements that are associated with moderate drinking, such immune system support.