People of the Mediterranean have a wonderful relationship with wine. The sea breeze, the long summers and the love for a good glass of wine accompanied by good friends, all are factors that helped this relationship grow through the course of time. People who prefer red wine have lots of benefits. Scientists from all over the world have come to explain these benefits. In this article we are presenting to you the nine best known!

#1 Keeps you in shape

Those who know how to enjoy a glass of red wine will be happy to learn that it has a very special quality. It activates a gene that prevents the formation of new adipocytes. Red wine also promotes the body’s natural detoxification, which in turn helps you gradually eliminate body fat.

#2 Strengthens the brain

Red wine develops the memory and strengthens the brain. It actually boosts the production of good cholesterol (HDL), a substance that reduces inflammation in the arteries and prevents obstruction. Nevertheless, do not forget: Over consumption will obviously have the opposite effects.

#3 It heals gum infection

If you suffer from gum bleeding, red wine is the answer! Grapes contain specific compounds that help in the fermentation of wine to prevent the growth of streptococci and other bacteria associated with dental problems. Wine can also help you prevent inflammation of the gums.

#4 Cleans the mouth

If you feel your mouth “dirty” after your dinner and you do not have a toothbrush with you, do not worry. A glass of red wine can do all the work; it can reduce the taste of fats when eating foods that contain meat and helps you feel your mouth clean.

#5 Strengthens the bones

We grew up believing that milk works beneficial to our bones. Apparently red wine is also beneficial! A survey published in 2011 in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals that red wine can improve bone mineral density by reducing the chance of osteoporosis over the age of 50. And this is due to the polyphenols – a powerful type of antioxidant – contained in the grapes and especially in their “peel”.

#6 It reduces cholesterol

The red wine is rich in polyphenols. One of these is the notorious resveratrol, a chemical element rich in antioxidants. It helps in the care of blood vessels in the body and prevents the formation of blood clots. At the same time it reduces LDL cholesterol and elevates the levels of HDL.

#7 Helps digestion

Red wine enhances the growth of good bacteria, maintaining bowel health and improving the digestion process. Other foods that have these benefits are garlic, honey and asparagus.

#8 Wine gladdens the heart!

According to the American Heart Association, a glass of red wine in the evening keeps the heart healthy. However, its consumption should always be measured to prevent atherosclerosis or accumulation of fat on the walls of the arteries which often cause thrombosis. These in turn will lead to heart attacks. The same research has shown that red wine, as opposed to any other type of alcohol, prevents coronary heart disease and strokes.

#9 Helps you relax

The measured consumption of red wine can release endorphins allowing everyone to relax and enjoy the moment. So, enjoy your nights with a glass Playia Cuvée Spéciale 2017 of Oenou Yi – Ktima Vassiliades.

*Drink responsibly: never exceed the recommended alcohol consumption. Experts recommend a glass of wine per day. Over consumption leads to far-reaching adverse effects.