Whether it is with a nice dinner, a celebration, relaxation after a long day - wine always seems to have a place in our lives. Let’s be honest, where there is wine, there is happiness.
What we seem to forget is that drinking alcohol can be good for your physical health when it comes to moderate wine consumption.
New studies appear to frequently back the health benefits of drinking wine for moderate drinkers. From the decreased mortality rate to attacking cancer cells, the ways seem almost endless.
Before you go and purchase the Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 from Women in Wine, you to consider the pour size to enjoy the health benefits. It’s difficult to measure what an appropriate pour size is given the various sizes and shapes of wine glasses. To make it easy for yourself, consider the term “moderate drinking” when having a glass of wine, perhaps that will make your hand a bit lighter.
For women a glass of wine a day is healthy and for men it’s two glasses.
Now since we got that part out of the way, pour yourself a nice glass of wine and have a look at the ten ways wine benefits your health.
Wine is full of antioxidants that attack free radicals that cause terrible health problems such as cancer. When you decide to purchase wine for its antioxidants, go with white.
A boost for your immune system
Drinking a glass of wine daily can give your immune system a boost. Consuming alcohol moderately can ward off infections and keep your immune system in check. This is the part where you need to be responsible if you want to benefit fully from wine. Excessive consumption defeat the purpose and have negative effects.
Increases bone density
With age comes brittle bones, and we cannot avoid aging but we can avoid all the ailments. Milk increases your calcium intake, or you can do yourself a real favour and sip on a relaxing glass of wine. Red wine contains high levels of silicon which is great for your bone mineral density. And like warm milk, it may help you doze off at night.
Reduces the risk of stroke
Moderate consumption of wine can prevent blood clotting. Wine acts as a natural blood thinner, breaking up blood clots that could lead to a stroke. Females benefits more from this lower risk of blood clotting than males. Red wine, in particular, contains phenols that act as a blood thinner in a similar way aspirin do.
Reduces the risk of heart disease
The tannins found in red wine contain procyanidins - phenols which neutralise free radicals - that have shown to be effective in preventing cardiovascular disease. So if you want a healthy heart, have yourself a glass of red wine responsibly.
Those procyanidins in red wine that promote a healthy heart, also promote lower cholesterol. If you’re having difficulty keeping your cholesterol levels good, sip on a daily glass of medicinal red wine.
Reduces the risk of type two diabetes
Let’s be real, diabetes sucks. You can’t indulge in cravings without first considering the health repercussions that result in more than a larger waistline. Well, if you are at risk for type two diabetes, then wine may just be your best friend. Resveratrol has been proven to improve sensibility to insulin.
Reduces the risk of cancer
In the battle against cancer, wine is on your side. By drinking a glass of wine, you can reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer. The antioxidants fight free radicals that allow cancer to thrive. Red wine especially is beneficial, as the resveratrol that fights against heart disease also combats cancerous cells.
Improves cognitive function
As crazy as this sounds, drinking a glass of wine is like food for the brain. A single glass of wine has shown to improve brain function. The chemicals in red wine prevent the brain’s neurons from dying off. And we all know prevention is better than cure.
When thinking about healthy living and longevity, the Mediterranean diet comes up. At the core of that diet, beyond olive oil and the vegetables, is wine. A glass of wine has magical essence inside that increases life span. That magical essence is called resveratrol.