If you enjoy a nice glass of wine, it gets more exciting every time a new study comes out touting its benefits. Get ready to cheer once again. This time red wine may prove to correct hormonal imbalances.
Red Wine, No Sour Grapes
Besides its deliciousness to so many of our senses, red wine has shown to deliver several positive health benefits. It’s actually the compound found in the grape skins, which is naturally beneficial. It’s called resveratrol.
Resveratrol is an antioxidant. It helps cells in plants, insects, animals, and humans defend against disease.
Women and Wine
In a study just published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the authors wrote that resveratrol intake can help restore estrogen levels.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a significant condition from which many women suffer. In fact, there are currently five to six million women in the US who’ve been stricken with this disease. Too much testosterone is produced, causing a hormonal imbalance, leading to PCOS.
PCOS is a leading cause of infertility in women.
In This Study…
Researchers conducted a double-blind test having some of the female participants take resveratrol, while the others were given a placebo. At the end of the experiment, those in the supplement-taking taking group showed to have a 23% percent drop in testosterone levels. (The placebo gals had less than a 3% decrease in testosterone levels.)
What This Means…
As further studies are conducted, it may prove that resveratrol can help moderate estrogen levels and hormone balancing. Hence, it can be used as a treatment for PCOS—and infertility caused by PCOS.
I’ll Drink to That!
Consuming extra red wine won’t necessarily provide you the amount of resveratrol with which researchers are experimenting. (In fact, overconsumption of alcohol can be dangerous or deadly.) However, one glass of red wine per day, can offer benefits far and wide throughout your body.
Many Resveratrol Benefits
Another astounding discovery about resveratrol is that it may help treat diabetes.
- prevents insulin resistance
- reduces oxidative stress in cells, which prevents premature aging and promotes longevity
- protects the lining of arteries, improving blood flow
- supports brain cells, improving mental function
- prevents cancer cell replication, which can suppress the spread of cancer
Before taking supplements, always read up on them and discuss with your medical advisor. Cheers to the benefits of the adult red juice!