Red Wine has appeared for a very, very long time. These days it is considered a Super Food thanks to its power-packed palette.
What makes a Super Food, anyway? Traditionally the super foods like garlic, soy and salmon are chock full of healthy nutrients your body needs every day. Whether it's Omega-3's in salmon, or antioxidants and tannins in red wine, if the food isn't full of them it'll likely remain on the Not Quite A Super Food list along with hotdogs and cheddar cheese.
Red Wine is making the list because it truly is a nutrient powerhouse. Here's the breakdown of the non-beneficial stuff: 1% sulfites, 1% sugars, 12% ethyl alcohol and 81% water. That's the beginning. After that, you really get the powerful stuff:
1% of red wine is vitamins like Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Choline, Betaine, Lutien, Zeaxathin and Vitamins A, B, K and G.
1% of wine is minerals like sodium, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphours, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, flouride and selenium.
Another 1% is made up of grape thaumatin like proteins and amino acids.
And finally the rest is made up of all the good stuff in grapes. OPC's, Resveratrol, Flavonoids, Bioflavonoids, Phenolic Compounds, Catechins, Tannins, Anthycyanins and Quercetin.
Where else but Brewer's Yeast can you get all that packed into one food? Well, actually, about 15 other great Super Foods are just as healthy.
While drinking alcohol in excess is not healthy, alcohol in small portions does wonders for the body. Lowering cholesterol, and reducing blood pressure are just two of the benefits the alcohol itself provides the body.