We have all heard (and told of) the benefits of wine. Well for those who didn’t believe it or would like to know more (to make that glass go down a little smoother) read on:
Chilean wine enjoys great prestige at an international level, so it is no surprise that it is the favourite of millions of people all over the world. However, its body, taste and aroma are not its only virtues. At present it is also being used as a body treatment and rejuvenating therapy. (Anon, 2010)
Wine therapy consists of an extraordinary antioxidant treatment based upon wine baths and massages that provide a series of curative benefits for the skin. Among its advantages are the rejuvenation, toning and strengthening of the skin, dissipation of wrinkles, regeneration of dead cells, detoxification of the body and improved blood circulation. (Anon, 2010)
But apart from being an aesthetic treatment, wine therapy also seeks to provide a sense of relaxation and well-being to people, in addition to constituting a medicinal aid to prevent future illnesses. (Anon, 2010)
The herbaceous parts of grapes contain highly energetic and beneficial elements. Among these are tannins –which help to prevent heart disorders–, calcium and potassium. The antioxidants present in wine are polyphenols and bioflavonoids, which help to retard aging in people. In addition, wine possesses many vitamins such as A, C and E, as well as proteins, mineral salts and enzymes. (Anon, 2010)
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Anon, 2010, June 22. Wine therapy: the therapeutic benefits of Chilean wine. Last accessed on 24 January 2011. Available online at: <http://www.apecdoc.org/post/7/6999>
This article was first published on 26 January 2011 on www.fortheloveofwine.co.za as part of the Kleine Zalze Summer Edition Wine Ambassadors competition.