Red Wine and the Common Cold

Trying to beat a cold during these frigid, winter months? Get plenty of rest, exercise, Vitamin C… and a glass of red wine?

Yes, you can add a glass or two of your favorite Cab to the list.

common-coldThere are two fields of thought on red wine’s effect on the common cold and the resulting inflammation – the body’s natural defense mechanism that destroys bacteria and viruses – that occurs. Some researchers believe that certain chemical compounds in wine can help immunize the body against hundreds of common viruses when consumed. The antioxidant properties, called flavanoids, not only lower blood pressure, but also absorb harmful toxins in the body, including mucus in nasal passages. Flavanoids are found mostly in fruit – specifically grapes, apples, and pears.

Other researchers think that wine drinkers DO get colds but don’t notice symptoms because of a substance found in red wine call resveratrol. Resveratrol is believed to suppress the body’s inflammatory process in the nose and airways.

Whatever the case may be, the benefits of a glass of red wine are too hard to ignore. So drink up (in moderation!).

Looking for the perfect red wine this winter? Stay away from light and acidic. We suggest snuggling with a selection that is rich, full-bodied and packs a punch. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Zinfandel are always popular choices. If you would like bold and robust, we recommend Petite Sirah. Whatever you choose, remember, a glass of red wine a day keeps the doctor away.

Cheers to good health!

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