June 11: National Rosé Day, celebrated on the second Saturday in June, is today, June 12. While you may celebrate it by gifting or opening a bottle or can or more of your favourite Rose and sharing with your loved one, remember there are inherent advantages of drinking wine in general and Rose in particular, writes Subhash Arora
National Rosé Day is celebrated on the second Saturday in June. The special day, which falls on June 12 this year, honors the pink wine for summer and the good times it brings at social events. India being generally at the peak of its hot months, is a perfect time to enjoy the glass or Rose, the sales of which has been a laggard for the last 15 years as compared to the rest of the world but has now started catching up with the Reds and Whites in the last couple of years.
Aside from being a great picnic wine and for outdoor events (if and where allowed by law-especially the Cans), rosé wine also claims a number of health benefits if consumed moderately. There are 17 listed health benefits that wine can bring to you- courtesy of WebMD, Healthline and Whitehall Lane and International Business Times:
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1. Reduces cancer risk
Drinking wine moderately has been found to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, including that of the breast, lungs and prostate. According to one study, the aromatase inhibitors present in red wine reduce oestrogen, a chemical that encourages the growth of certain cancer cells in the body.
2. Promoting stronger bones
can lower one's risk of osteoporosis. Bones inevitably begin thinning as people age, but women who drink about one to three glasses of wine a day have been found to have greater bone mineral density, according to a study.
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3. Combating inflammation
Wine contains anti-inflammatory compounds, according to Healthline. This lowers the person's risk of developing illnesses associated with chronic inflammation such as heart disease and certain types of cancer.
4. Improves heart health
A Study has found that people who consumed moderate amounts of wine were 25% less likely to get heart disease compared to non-drinkers. Light drinkers were also less likely to die prematurely due to heart attacks.
5. Lowers bad cholesterol
Red wine is said to lower bad cholesterol in the body, according to Whitehall Lane. Bad cholesterol is known to increase one's chances of having a stroke.
6. Improves mental health
An occasional glass of wine may lower one's risk of being depressed. But be warned that people who drink heavily or binge drink, are more likely to get depressed. delWine advised that moderation is key to maintaining proper balance when consuming wine or any alcohol.
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7. Promotes longer lifespan
Due to the various health benefits that come with drinking wine, it comes as no surprise that wine can lengthen a person's lifespan by reducing the risk of developing certain illnesses, the belief in Hindu philosophy believing that the number of breaths one can take during one’s lifetime has been pre-ordained.
8. Improves gut health
The anti-bacterial properties of wine enable it to treat stomach irritation and other digestive disorders. Harmful bacteria in the gut also have fewer chances of infecting someone who occasionally drinks wine.
9. Regulates Type 2 diabetes
Wine increases insulin sensitivity.. The antioxidant found in wine called resveratrol is also known to prevent complications brought about by Type 2 diabetes and is effective in controlling blood sugar levels when consumed in moderation.
10. Regulates blood pressure
Red wine has been found to reduce blood pressure. Due to the polyphenol antioxidants of wine, moderate drinkers have lower blood pressure, and this reduces their chances of developing cardiovascular disease.
11. Prevents vision loss
Researchers have found that resveratrol in red wine can prevent vision loss because of its ability to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. This is according to a 2016 study on the antioxidant and its relation to ophthalmic diseases.
12. Protects against brain damage
People who suffered from a stroke or a central nervous system injury can protect themselves from getting secondary brain damage through resveratrol. In a 2015 study, the antioxidant was found to have neuroprotective potentials.
13. Prevents dementia
Research seems to suggest that people who abstain from drinking wine have an increased risk of getting dementia -- a condition that entails memory loss and deterioration of cognitive abilities.
14. Prevents liver Disease
Drinking wine moderately can be good for your liver and is known to have positive effects on liver fibrosis and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
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15. Provides antioxidants
The antioxidants present in wine can prevent cellular damage. Because the drink is rich in these compounds, people who moderately drink wine have a lower risk of developing diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
16. Keeps the body slim
The compound piceatannol that comes from resveratrol reduces the fat cells in the body, making it easier to stay slim.
17. Keeps memory sharp
Resveratrol prevents the formation of beta-amyloid protein or the protein found in the plaques of the brains of people with Alzheimer's.
Which Rose to drink
There are several imported Rose varieties that are available-more famous ones out of these being Sogrape and Miraval (there are several others-chose the slightly sweet or dry versions- I love the Provence styled pinks). Check out the Retailer in your city.
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Thus there is a wide range of Rose wines available to celebrate the National Rose Day-both foreign and Indian variants. You can get a range of French and Italian Rose wines-ranging from dry to off- dry styles (slightly sweet style). Most Indian wine producers including Sula, Grover and Fratelli, York etc produce more than one variant. For example, Sula makes a Zinfandel Rose but a far superior and more comfortable-to-drink the wine on a summer afternoon-The Source Grenache Rose which has achieved the distinction of being one of the top labels for Rose wines in India.
Celebrate with any Rose wines of your choice on the National Rose Day- even choose sparkling Rose- like Chandon Rose, Il Tropicale from Sula or even a TILT can from Fratelli, if you will. Or perhaps a Pink Spumante from the Prosecco area?!
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