Wine's Health Benefits
Wine relaxes the mind leading to mental happiness and the alcohol in moderate wine consumption can be good for your physical health.
Evidence of the far-reaching health benefits of wine continued to pour in from researchers around the world. New studies are constantly backing up the health benefits of drinking wine for moderate drinkers. From decreased mortality rate to attacking cancer cells, a little wine at the end of the day can go a long way when it comes to beneficial effect.
When we say "moderate drinking", that means what is clinically considered to be healthy. For women, it's one glass a day and for men it's two – not gender based just physical makeup. Take a look at the ten ways wine benefits your health.
Wine is full of antioxidants that attack free radicals.
Boosts The Immune System
While you probably shouldn't stop taking daily vitamins, drinking a glass of wine daily can give your immune system a boost. Moderate alcohol consumption can ward off infections and keep your immune system in check.
Increases Bone Density
As we get older, our bones get more brittle. You could increase your calcium intake by drinking milk, or you can do yourself a real favor and sip on a relaxing glass of wine. Red wine has high levels of silicon, which is great for your bone mineral density. It increases the density and reduces the chance of osteoporosis. And like warm milk, it may help you doze off at night.
Reduces Risk of Stroke
Moderate consumption of wine, and alcohol in general, can prevent blood clotting. Wine acts as a natural blood thinner, breaking up any blood clots that could lead to a stroke. This lower risk of blood clotting is more beneficial to females than males.
A study done by John Hopkins University Medical Center found that resveratrol found in wine could protect against stroke with light to moderate wine consumption because resveratrol acts as a blood thinner similar to aspirin, but without aspirin’s potential to cause stomach damage.
Reduces Risk Of Heart Disease
In the battle against heart disease, taking all necessary precautions is well worth it - especially when it involves wine. The tannins found in red wine contain procyanidins - phenols which neutralize free radicals - that have shown to be effective in preventing cardiovascular disease.
According to WebMD, researchers tested the effects of red wine on the health of blood vessels. What they found after 21 consecutive days of consumption was that blood vessel cell health was enhanced, improving the flow of blood. This increases the health of the heart, lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.
So the lesson is, if you want a healthy heart, drink a glass of red wine. While the American Heart Association does not support drinking for nondrinkers or those at risk of alcoholism, those who already imbibe may continue light drinking for positive heart health.
Have bad cholesterol and no dietary guidelines? The procyanidins in red wine that promote a healthy heart also promote lower cholesterol. Reservatrol also decreases LDL - bad cholesterol - while increasing the HDL - good cholesterol. This also means that red wine benefits blood pressure, so if you're suffering from high blood pressure or high cholesterol, it's best to pour a glass of red wine.
Reduces The Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes.If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, wine may help. Resveratrol has been proven to improve sensibility to insulin. With insulin resistance contributing to type 2 diabetes risk, a nice glass of wine makes the list of things you can enjoy.
Reduces The Risk Of Cancer
The risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer can be reduced by drinking a glass of wine. The antioxidants combat free radicals that allow cancer to thrive. Red wine especially is beneficial, as the resveratrol that fights against heart disease also fights against cancerous cells.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that "Men who drink an average of four to seven glasses of red wine per week are only 52 percent as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer as those who do not drink red wine. In addition, red wine appears particularly protective against advanced or aggressive cancers."
Improves Cognitive Function
Drinking a single glass of wine has shown to improve brain function. The chemicals in red wine prevent the brain's neurons from dying off. As a result, it protects the brain from dementia while slowing the onset of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
When you hear about healthy living and longevity, time and time again the Mediterranean diet comes up. At the core of that diet, beyond olive oil and vegetables, is wine. There is something magical inside the daily glass of wine that increases life span and that magical thing is resveratrol.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that resveratrol activates a protein that acts as an anti-aging agent. The interaction increases overall health, thus promoting longevity. If a decreased mortality rate is not enough reason to drink a glass of wine, then I don't know what else it.
Do yourself a favor, and pour a glass of high-resveratrol cabernet sauvignon and toast to your health.