With the famous and beloved Half Corked Marathon returning to Osoyoos this May, let’s take a deeper look at the Okanagan’s most delicious and artful product: wine! While it’s common knowledge that exercise, like running marathons, is good for the human body and soul, turns out red wine also has some significant health advantages!
Several Spanish studies reported in the journal ‘BCM Medicine’ that drinking moderate amounts of wine might reduce the risk of depression!
Researchers examined 2,683 men and 2,822 women to show that those who consumed 2 – 7 glasses of red wine a week for 7 years were less likely to suffer from depression. This is true even when lifestyles were accounted for!
Elixir of Youth
Scientists at Harvard Medical School found that moderate amounts of red wine have anti-aging properties! A chemical called Resveratrol found in the skin of red grapes promotes a longer lifespan. This chemical is also found in blueberries, cranberries and nuts, but wine definitely has our vote.
The University of London also found that a chemical called Procyanidins increases the health of blood vessels. The researchers suggested that this may be why people of Sardinia and South West France have longer lifespans.
There are multiple studies suggesting that red wine decreases the risk of cancer. Contrary to the effect of most alcohol, which increases the risk of cancer, the skins and seeds of red grapes have chemicals which decrease estrogen levels while increasing testosterone levels. This may result in a decreased rate of breast cancer! There are also studies suggesting that red wine decreases the chances of bowel, lung and liver cancer too.
Of course, the old adage ‘everything in moderation’ holds true, and the science says that the health effects of red wine can only be appreciated when enjoyed in moderation (between 1 and 2 large glasses a day).
The Half Corked Marathon
For added health benefits, our completely unscientific opinion is that the Half Corked Marathon is where it’s at. This popular run takes place in the South Okanagan each spring and is coming up on May 27th this year.
This crazy run is all about the fun, so you can run from winery to winery, taking pit stops for the vino as you make your way through the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country. Of course, this popularity also means that this year’s event has been full for months, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep an eye out and enter the ticket lottery for next year!
For more information visit: https://www.watermarkbeachresort.com/event/half-corked-marathon-weekend/