October 15 is National Red Wine Day! Red wine is infused with plenty of antioxidants, which has led to the smooth drink being credited for healthy hearts, but did you know that there is something else in red wine that's beneficial? In fact, studies have shown that not only could a moderate consummation of red wine help with heart health but also hearing health.
Red wine is commonly praised for being “heart healthy” – with a plentiful amount of antioxidants and tannins protecting against cardiovascular disease and some cancers. But, what you may not know is that red wine consumed in moderation can also help protect against noise induced hearing loss.
How? The answer may be in the resveratrol.
Resveratrol is an antibiotic substance produced naturally by particular plants. Resveratrol can be found in peanut butter, dark chocolate, blueberries and most abundantly in the skin of red grapes.
In 2013 Dr. Michael Seidman of Henry Ford Hospital published a study on the relationship between aging and the use of resveratrol, focusing on hearing decline and cognition. Seidman and his team fed resveratrol to healthy rats before exposing them to loud noise. Results showed that the rats with resveratrol in their system suffered 50-percent less hearing loss than the rats treated with the placebo when exposed to the loud noise.
While Seidman hasn’t done any research on humans, the protective effect of resveratrol on noise-induced hearing loss looks promising. Noise-induced hearing loss impacts more than the ability to hear. It can increase blood pressure and blood sugar, consequently leading to a higher risk for heart disease.
Coincidently, studies have shown that resveratrol-packed wines also demonstrate blood sugar lowering effects.
If you haven’t already learned to appreciate a fine glass of Malbec or Pinot Noir, now might be a good time to do it. Who knows, maybe a glass of red could help keep your hearing healthy.