Unlike most other foods and beverages, wine can be directly absorbed by the body without being predigested. Intake of an appropriate amount of wine can benefit the nervous system, imparting a comfortable and pleasant feeling. This state of balance will enable more acute thinking processes and better judgment-making ability, as well as the experience of a pleasant frame of mind. Therefore, for people who suffer from anxiety, the intake of a small amount of wine can help reduce anxiety without having to take medication, which can have side effects. Since ancient times Chinese people have realized that wine has a nourishing and health-strengthening effect. According to ancient Chinese medical books, wine can replenish inner vigor, reduce hunger, warm the stomach and kidneys, retain a youthful complexion and resist cold.
Wine is also known to be effective in helping to prevent cardiovascular diseases. Take the lifestyle of the French for example: French food is rich in animal fats, and the intake of cholesterol among French people is high. Furthermore, rates of cigarette smoking and alcohol intake are both quite high. So it is plausible to suggest that that due to diet and general lifestyle, French people would be prone to diet-related health problems. However, the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases amongst French people and the resultant mortality rate is quite low, with the reason being that French people are avid wine drinkers. The average per capita consumption of wine in France is 108 liters a year, i.e. 300 ml per person per day, and deducting children from the equation, average consumption will be even higher. This is the so called “French Miracle” due to their love of wine. The main reason is that polyphenol, an antioxidant in grape skin, is left in red wine, and this has the effect of lowering the incidence of cardiovascular diseases.
Other benefits of moderate drinking can include a delay in the onset of senility and the prevention of many other ailments and diseases. Wine contains resveratrol, a compound that can remove oxygen-cent red radicals, aiding in the prevention of eyesight deterioration. Polyphenol in grape skin can lower the rate of breast cancer among women. Resveratrol in wine can effectively reduce the rate of pneumonia and chronic lung
diseases. The antioxidant capacity of cyanine glycoside in grape seeds is 20 times higher than vitamin C and 50 times higher than vitamin E, and is very effective in delaying the onset and slowing the progress of senility. According to some statistics, the probability of older people in France who drink 3-4 glasses of red wine every day developing dementia, including early-onset dementia, is only 25% of those who don’t drink red wine.