The French Paradox

I want to talk about Alcohol again but this time, it’s the benefits of Red wine and the French Paradox. The French Paradox which im sure many of you have heard about, is the is the observation that the French suffer a relatively low incidence of coronary heart disease, despite having a diet relatively rich in saturated fats.

So what are the benefits of moderate red wine consumption and how will that positively affect your body in terms of performance in the gym and overall health?

Here are a few reasons to enjoy a glass of red wine 🙂

Sleep– New research shows that certain red wines contain melatonin, in particular, Merlot, Chianti and Cabernet Sauvignon. Melatonin regulates our sleep so one small glass a few hours before bed time may help you sleep better. Melatonin is also an anti-oxidant containing anti-aging and cancer preventative properties. After the one glass the effects are lost and sleep will suffer SEE HERE

Longevity– Red wine contains a compound called resveratrol  which has been shown to increase life span in animal studies.

Brain Health– It has been shown to protect against Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Breast and Prostate cancer– 4 or more glass of red per week has been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 50%. 1 glass per day has been shown to reduce Breast cancer but more than 2 per day, chances of breast cancer increase severely.

Ladies, be sensible please 🙂

Colds– Research in Spain shows that 2 glasses per day can reduce the risk of getting a cold by 44%

Inflammation– Resveratrol has many anti-inflammatory properties which will help overall physical health as many diseases can be attributed to inflammation.

The French paradox is actually quite a big topic area that I would like to go into more detail in a future email or on my blog(coming soon) so please bear with me.

These are just a few reasons why moderate consumption of red wine may be beneficial in your life. Of course, you have to be aware of your overall alcohol intake on a weekly basis.

Have a fantastic week ahead guys, whatever you do 🙂

Cheers

Gavin

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