Wine Heals Mind and Body

"The dose makes the poison", the Medieval physician Paracelsus said once.
Throughout its long history, wine has been both glorified and forbidden. It has been attributed with unique healing proper- ties. It has also been declared a weapon of Satan. Throughout the 20th century, wine was treated like an ordinary alcoholic drink. In 1991, however, Serge Renaud, a French medical researcher appeared on the CBS news show 60 Minutes, discussing why France had 40 per cent lower rates of cardiovascular disease compared to America, even though people in both countries consumed unhealthy diets and exercised little. Why? Renaud argued that the French people's regular, moderate consumption of wine with meals, particularly red wine, was a significant reason for their better health. The next day, sales of French red wine in the US rose by 40 per cent. The positive effects of moderate alcohol use have been the subject of so many publications recently that they can fill up entire libraries. Of all alcoholic beverages, wine and in particular red wine of- fers the most positive impact on human health.

Wine Makes Us Leaner. Then Why Diet?!

"Eat less to live longer" is the motto infallibly supported by hundreds of research materials and real examples. A moder- ate diet is at the heart of modern anti-aging therapy. Why? Fewer calories account for moderate metabolism, moderate metabolism requires less energy. Less energy means lower release of free radicals that leads to lower glucose levels and to diabetes mellitus.

The most important reason is the so-called gene silencing. It has been discovered that a certain gene - SIR 2 - which keeps the cell in equilibrium, is triggered by reduced food consump- tion. It makes sure to allow as little energy as possible to leave the cell and meanwhile it renews DNA, i.e. the diet is recom- mended if we want to live longer, but unfeasible for weak human will. Scientists directed their research to find a way to stimulate this dieting process by triggering the gene in ques- tion without subjecting the cell to starvation. Then a revo- lutionary discovery was made by David Sinclair of Harvard Medical School. He observed that some of the tissue samples lived much longer than others and found that these samples were in a medium saturated with resveratrol (the polyphenol contained in red wine). White wine is traditionally present in numerous treatments and procedures for weight loss. As early as the 1920s, the physician Johann Schroth developed the so-called Schroth Cure. The basis of this intensive treatment with a slimming and purifying effect is a dietary nutrition plan, excluding cooking salt, fat and protein, and alternation of "drinking" (dry white wine and water) and "dry" days. The cure also includes full body wraps that activate wine’s cleans- ing action and positively affect blood pressure, the level of fat (cholesterol and triglycerides) and uric acid.

The bottom line is that:

  • in principle, the diet is good for our health and longevity;
  • the presence of wine not only is acceptable, but also desirable.

It does not matter what the wine is, white or red. Each of them influences positively different aspects of the diet.

Wine Therapy

Wine therapy is a type of body and face treatment that is gaining popularity worldwide. The treatment with wine and grapes benefits the skin, gastrointestinal tract, and liver, and boosts the immune system. The healing properties of grapes are employed in a number of spa treatments, including facial masks, wine wraps and baths, rubbing, massages, even pedi- cure! Grape diet is widely applied in the treatment of many diseases. Wine therapy has also been actively applied lately in the creation of cosmetic products.

The uniqueness of grapes is that it is rich in glucose, fructose, vitamins C, A, P and B, trace elements and amino acids vital to the body. It is a beneficial natural product that has been widely used for various purposes, hence the name "Vegetable Milk".

Women in Ancient Roma added young red wine to their baths in order to have smooth and beautiful skin. The ancient Greeks also knew the healing secret of red wines and em- ployed it. They mixed wine with herbal extracts and rubbed it on their faces and bodies to maintain an ideal silhouette and healthy and clean facial skin. Hippocrates described in his manuscripts the healing action of red wine as a remedy for anemia and for its general toning action.

In 1914, scientists discovered that grapes and its derivatives (grape seeds, vine leaves and their extracts, dried pomace, etc.) contain a large quantity of active substances - polyphe- nols, which contribute to the binding of free radicals formed in the human organism under the influence of sunlight, ciga- rette smoke, stress, and environmental pollution. Free radicals are among the causes for aging, malignancy and cardiovascu- lar disease. As for the positive impact of polyphenols on the cardiovascular system, evidence of their effect is found with the well-known wine lovers, the French. Despite the frequent consumption of fatty foods in France, the incidence of cardio- vascular disease is among the lowest in the world.

The healing effect of this both therapeutic and cosmetic method used in wine therapy combines the healing elements contained in grapes with natural mineral waters. For example, concentrated grape seed extract recovers damaged collagen fibers, nourishes, smoothes and rejuvenates the skin. For alle- viation of varicose vein discomfort and for strengthening the vascular tissue of the blood vessels, you can try body wraps with vine leaves extract, chardonnay and aloe vera mousse. In order to boost the body's immune system and quicken me- tabolism, massage with exfoliating effect is recommended, as well as massage in combination with cold-pressed grape oil.

Beauty lies within each of us, wine just makes it visible to others.

Ivan Makedonski