If you love to relax with a glass of wine after a long day, we have good news for you…studies have found red wine to be beneficial for the mind and body. A glass of wine with dinner should be viewed as a complement to a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and regular exercise.
1. Wine has been associated with longevity.
A study by Harvard Medical School concluded that resveratrol, known as the “red wine compound,” can potentially treat and prevent diseases related to aging. Remarkably, the study found that resveratrol actually extended the lifespan of mice. More research is currently being performed to learn how those benefits can be applied to humans.
2. Wine may naturally enhance exercise performance.
Exercise and wine? It may seem like a strange link, but a study by the University of Alberta discovered the “red wine compound” resveratrol may enhance exercise training and performance by increasing heart function and muscle strength. Of course, athletes should not drink red wine before exercising, but incorporating moderate amounts into an overall healthy diet can have a positive effect on an athlete’s performance.
3. Wine could improve liver health.
While alcohol is generally damaging to the liver, researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine have found that by drinking one (only one) glass of wine per day, you can decrease your risk of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), the most common liver disease, affecting 40 million American adults.
4. Wine may protect against certain types of cancer.
A study by Harvard University found men who drink four to seven glasses of red wine per week are less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who do not drink any red wine. Why? According to the National Cancer Institute, grapes have a special compound with anticancer properties, and the Lung Cancer Foundation reports that red wine may actually slow the growth of cancer cells.
5. Wine may fight the bacteria and microbes that cause acne.
Wine has antimicrobial effects that may be helpful in fighting acne, according to a study published in Dermatology and Therapy. The study explains that because acne is the immune system’s inflammatory response to bacteria, the antimicrobial features of red wine are effective in fighting acne at its core. The study found the “red wine compound” resveratrol is more effective than the commonly used acne treatment benzoyl peroxide in keeping acne under control for longer periods of time.
6. Wine may protect your teeth from bacteria.
Though wine drinkers lament wine-stained teeth, they will be pleased to know the antimicrobial effects of red wine can have magic health benefits for oral health, according to a study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry.
7. Wine may support a healthier heart.
Wine is good for the heart. No, not because it makes you fall in love faster. WebMD reports, several studies have proven moderate consumption of red wine is linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attack.
8. Wine may support a sharper mind.
The Washington Post reported a study which found that elderly women who drink moderate amounts of red wine daily, in comparison to those who do not drink at all, have sharper brain function and greater mental abilities. Researchers explain alcohol protects the brain by improving blood flow, and thus reducing the risk of “silent” strokes that damage the brain but often have no visible symptoms.
9. Wine may reduce depression.
A Spanish study has shown that people who drink between two and seven glasses of red wine a week are less likely to suffer from depression. This is great news for those who like to enjoy a glass of wine with dinner. However, the study warns against consuming more than seven glasses of wine per week, as this can lead to an increased risk of depression.
10. Wine may help to protect your eyes.
An anti-aging compound in red wine has been proven to preserve vision in blinding eye disease like diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, which is a common cause of blindness in Americans over the age of 50. Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggest red wine could be used as a preventative in high-risk patients.
11. Wine intake may decrease the risk of common cold.
A joint study between Spanish universities and the Harvard School of Public Health found that people who drink moderate amounts of wine (less than 14 glasses per week) are inflicted with the common cold less often than people who do not drink wine. Though both red and white wine drinkers are sick with the common cold less often, the study suggested that red wine is most effective in decreasing a person’s risk of common cold.
12. Wine may help with cholesterol.
Wine boosts good cholesterol while also preventing a buildup of bad cholesterol, according to WebMD. Proof of this miraculous effect comes from a study showing that wine helps clear blood vessels of bad cholesterol, making it easier for good cholesterol to move through the bloodstream. Further, wine prevents bad cholesterol from damaging the lining of the arteries, which is often a cause of heart disease and stroke.
13. Wine may reduce the risk of diabetes.
Studies have found, antioxidants in wine may improve heart health and thus reduce the risk of diabetes. According to WebMD, a two-year study found that both red and white wine lower morning insulin levels, making it easier for bodies to better control blood sugar during the day.
It’s fabulous when research finds something that tastes so good is also good for you! Remember, these studies found drinking red wine in moderate amounts can have potential health benefits, but drinking too much can result in serious health issues. To reap the benefits of red wine, enjoy no more than a glass or two a day.
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