At Asiago’s, we don’t believe you need any excuse to come in and have a delicious meal in our welcoming environment. Whether you’re visiting us for a date night, a family dinner, or you’re just craving Italian food, Asiago’s is the best choice in Boise for great Italian food and wine. Did you know that wine, in addition to being a tasty indulgence, is thought to have health benefits when consumed in moderation? So, the next time you come in to enjoy an Italian meal and wine pairing with us, you can also pat yourself on the back for making a healthy, delicious choice!
A Brief History
You may be surprised to learn that wine has been consumed in various parts of the world for over 6,000 years. In Italy alone, wine has been around for over 4,000 years. Wine is a creation which has certainly stood the test of time, and is just as well-loved today as it was in ancient history. With such a wide variety of delicious wines to try, the health benefits are merely a bonus!
Heart Health Benefits
Both figuratively and literally, a glass of wine is good for your heart! Studies have shown that moderate wine consumption can reduce the risk of heart disease. If that sounds unbelievable, there’s a very specific reason why wine can be heart healthy — antioxidants in wine are thought to help protect blood vessels in your heart. Wine also contains resveratrol, a plant compound which acts similarly to antioxidants and might also protect blood vessels. The consumption of antioxidants in general is associated with reduced risk of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Inflammation is the process of your body fighting against harmful toxins or infections in order to heal. This process generally only lasts for a short period of time — a few days at most. However, if your body lingers in this state of high alert, the condition is called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation can eventually lead to other disorders. Fortunately for wine lovers, wine contains anti-inflammatory compounds! Studies comparing moderate wine drinkers to non-drinkers have found far reduced levels of inflammation amongst wine drinkers.
Improved Mental Health
Studies have also shown correlation between wine consumption and improved mental cognition. Participants who were light to moderate consumers of wine were shown to have improved cognitive function, and reduced risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. In addition to these long-term effects, resveratrol has been linked to improving short-term memory and retention.
Red or White?
Many of the studies around potential health benefits of wine have primarily focused on red wine rather than white wine. Due to its much higher concentration of resveratrol, red wine is likely the choice that provides the most health benefits.
Stop by Asiago’s!
You probably didn’t need any more convincing to enjoy a perfectly-paired glass of wine, but if this article has made you crave delicious Italian food and wine, be sure to visit us at Asiago’s! Asiago’s is your destination for the best Italian food and wine bar in Boise. Call us today to make a reservation!