Modern Australians nowadays seem to be more conscious about the food and drinks they consume on a daily basis compared to the past. New generations, particularly millennials, are leading the charge by making healthier dietary choices and leading better lifestyles in general. Wine is no exception. With more and more vineyards embracing organic farming methods, organic wine trade in Australia has jumped on board. However, organic wines do not only taste well, but they are also beneficial to one’s health.
Organic Wines are Made from Organic Grapes
Organic wines are more natural and cleaner products to consume because organic grapes are not sprayed with harmful chemical pesticides, fertilisers and herbicides. Usually, winemakers use these chemicals to kill off any unwanted weeds or insects that can attack vines. Eventually, they can end up in your wine, surrounding soil or river system which can be harmful for your health. Since organic wines are not sprayed with these chemicals, they are healthier to drink and you can even have some health benefits from consuming them.
When you see a wine bottle with the label “organic” that means its winemaking process differs from conventional wines. To grow organic grapes, the winemakers must follow a number of entirely different agricultural practices. Simply put, they need to maintain the health and condition of their vines with more natural methods than the methods used in conventional winemaking.
Drinking Organic Wine Promotes Longevity
According to a study conducted by a group of Italian researchers in 2011, organic wines were found to have significantly higher antioxidant and resveratrol activity. Resveratrol is a polyphenol that can be found most especially in organic red wines, leveling up to 30 percent higher than in conventionally produced wines. It is a powerful antioxidant that can be found in the skin of grapes and red grape juice and it can help the body fights off free radicals that can damage our cells and organs.
Moreover, it has been found that the resveratrol that’s present in red organic wine promotes longevity by increasing the activity of sirtuins which are a family of proteins that regulate cellular health and protect the body against diseases of aging. Even though there are studies suggesting that opting for red organic wine is likely to result in health benefits that lead to a longer life span, they emphasize that the positive benefits come only with moderate consumption.
Well, who said we need a fountain of youth to live a long live? Just pour yourself a glass of organic wine and enjoy its surprising benefits.
Keep Your Heart Healthy by Drinking Organic Wine
Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are a life-threatening problem in the world since ancient times. According to Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), 5.6% Australian adults aged 18 years and over, had one or more conditions related to a heart or vascular disease. However, the intake of polyphenols that can be found in organic red wines, may help protect the lining of the blood vessel in the heart.
So, consuming one to two glasses of organic wine per day may reduce the risk of CVD. While, decreasing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) which is known as bad cholesterol that can cause artery damage, organic red wine increases the body’s high-density lipoprotein (HDL) which is known as a good cholesterol that may reduce the risk of CVD.
Furthermore, some studies have shown that moderate organic red wine consumption may reduce the risks of heart disease in people with type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder that is characterized by the way your body metabolizes glucose. Because there is no enough insulin that can regulate the movement of sugar into your cells, sugar levels build up in your bloodstream and that can cause damage to organs, nerves, and blood vessels.
People with type 2 diabetes are usually advised to reduce the alcohol consumption in order to have better control of their blood glucose levels. However, since organic wines are free of additives such as refined sugar, sulphuric acids and fining and clarification agents, drinking a glass or two of red or white organic wine can lower blood sugar up to 24 hours.
Thankfully, today more and more people (not only those with diabetes) are aware of the harmful effects sugar has on our body, and they try to find healthy alternatives to sugar that will still satisfy their thirst for sweetness.
Forget Bad Hangovers
The maximum legal limit of sulphur dioxide in Australian wine is 300 parts per million (ppm). That is a common preservative in wine that is used to inhibit or kill unwanted yeast and bacteria and it’s the main culprit of bad hangovers. However, for the certified organic wines, the limit of sulphur dioxide can’t exceed 220ppm. So, when buying an organic wine, always pay attention to the amount of sulphur dioxide.
Anyway, today there are more and more winemakers that tend to produce preservative free organic wines that lessen the effect of potential headaches, allowing you to enjoy a couple of glasses and still feel fresh the following day.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world. That is why people need to take preventive measures, so it can be prevented or caught early. So, besides refraining from smoking, eating healthy food, exercising and so on, drinking a glass of organic wine per day may also be used as a potential cancer prevention. Organic wines contain antioxidants which are substances that may help prevent cell damage. These antioxidants such as resveratrol, quercetin, catechin and gallic acid may destroy cancer cells and improve the effectiveness of radiation and chemotherapy cancer treatments.
Nutrients in Wine May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
As we get older, one of our greatest fears is losing of all our precious memories. Some people believe that is inevitable, but there are many different ways that may prevent that happen. One of them might be consuming organic wine. The resveratrol that we mentioned before, helps in keeping blood vessels open, so the essential supply of oxygen and glucose can move freely to the brain to keep it alive and working. So moderate consumption of organic wine may prevent the development of Alzheimer’s disease or slow its progression in people who have symptoms. Anyway, too much alcohol may have the opposite effect, so keeping the right balance is very important.