With cupid’s holiday approaching quickly, it’s a welcoming thought that there are actually delicious Valentine’s Day treats that are also advantageous to your health. These simple, yet delectable and enticing, foods make the perfect addition to any Valentine’s Day celebration, and what’s better yet – they all yield measurable benefits to your health.
It’s been the focus of many recent studies: red wine and health benefits. For years, it’s been known that red wine contains powerful antioxidants that help protect the lining of blood vessels in the heart and increase levels of good cholesterol. But the recent studies have focused on resveratrol, a type of molecule known as a polyphenol. This type of molecule is a member of a family of compounds that help plants fight disease. What’s interesting is that our bodies don’t produce resveratrol, so we need to get it from other sources – such as a delicious, bold cabernet on Valentine’s Day.
Found in the skin of red grapes, resveratrol seems to be the most beneficial ingredient in red wine. While its benefits range from anti-aging properties to cardiovascular benefits, resveratrol is something you can be sure you’ll hear more about in the future. With positive results seen thus far, further studies are being conducted linking resveratrol to a decrease in the risk of Alzheimer’s and a reverse in the growth of cancerous tumors.
What’s the bottom line? If you enjoy a bottle of red wine with your partner on Valentine’s Day, you could actually be benefiting your health!