Health Benefits of Ohana Winery Tropical Fruit Wines
People often ask us here at Ohana Winery…why make fruit wines? Well despite the fact they all taste amazing, they are also full of health benefits. Like with certain grape wines, the fruit wine fermentation process leads to a concentrated amount of certain beneficial vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes. In fact, some fruits even have additional health properties that are not found in grape wines. Below, the winemaker discusses the health benefits of wines produced here at Ohana Winery and Exotic Fruits.
The key factor that makes pineapple wine so healthy is the enzyme Bromelain, which is unique to pineapples. Bromelain has two major beneficial roles in the human body. Firstly, its enzymatic activity helps break down large protein molecules in the digestive system. This improves digestion and is soothing for the stomach. Secondly, bromelain has a significant anti-inflammatory role, which has proven to be highly effective in reducing inflammation in arthritis sufferers.
Everyone loves a good strawberry, sweet, fruity and delicious. Aside from the wonderful taste, strawberry wine has powerful health benefits. Strawberries contain high concentrations of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are part of a class of molecule called flavonoids. Flavonoids are well known for their cancer fighting properties. Specifically, the anthocyanins found in strawberries have been shown to attack colon cancers cells more effectively than other berries. Strawberries also contain high levels of antioxidants which help lower bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Mango wine is one of our favourites at the winery, not just because of the taste, but all the health benefits one mango contains. Mangoes are full of vitamin C, with just one fruit containing enough to reach the recommended daily intake. Mangoes also have an antioxidant known as Beta-carotein, which has cancer fighting properties. Other antioxidants such as vitamin A, C and E, plus selenium also help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Lychees truly are an exotic fruit, one that is grown amazingly well in Australia, and is one of the winemaker’s favourite fruit to make wine from. The lychee contains a flavonoid call Quercetin. Quercetin is a strong anti-inflammatory inside the human body. Another flavonoid, Kaempferol, is also present and has cancer fighting properties. Lychees also contain high amounts of vitamin C, much more than oranges or lemons. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant, plus it has recently been proven to directly attack the common cold virus!
As you can see, fruit wines are not just perfect for sipping on a sunny afternoon, but they also possess positive health properties beneficial to everyone. Although… you might find it hard to get your GP to write a prescription for it 😝