The health benefits of drinking wine come from moderate consumption, defined by the American Heart Association as one to two four-ounce glasses a day. Check out this list of 10 health benefits and pour up.
- Healthy heart – The antioxidants found in a glass of win can help your heart in numerous ways to prevent heart diseases. They can increase your levels of high-density lipids (your “good” cholesterol) and lower your “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipids). They can protect your arteries from damage and prevent blood clots because the antioxidants enable your blood to flow easily. Wine may also increase the levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are also known to have protective effects on heart and blood circulation.
- Encourages longevity – Heart disease is the number one killer in women and men, and since red wine lowers the risks of heart disease, then it reduces overall mortality significantly. The combination of alcohol and grapes in wine have shown to have an effect in extending lifespan. With just a glass of wine you can live a longer, happier, healthier life.
- Anti-aging effects – Antioxidants soak up damaging free radicals that play a role in aging and age-related diseases. Red wine can help your skin look better and slow the effects of aging, such wrinkles, frown lines and crow’s-feet. Wine and grape derivatives can also help reduce the damaging effects of UV rays from overexposure to the sun.
- Reduces stress – Moderate wine drinkers tend to have less stress in their lives. Studies have found there is an association between moderate alcohol intake and lower levels of depression, anxiety and perceived stress.
- Decreases risks for diabetes – Wine can improve your sensitivity to insulin, which is a great thing since insulin resistance is the most important critical factor contributing to type 2 diabetes risk. Improving sensitivity to insulin will ensure that your body takes up insulin properly.
- Lowers risks for cancer – Antioxidants have cancer-fighting abilities and red wine certainly has a lot of antioxidants. Studies have shown that is possible that wine can slow the growth of cancer cells, particularly breast and colon cancer cells. Studies have also shown that antioxidants may even suppress the growth of cancer cells on the prostate.
- Promotes mental health – Red wine can reduce your risks of stroke and getting dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The antioxidants in red wine reduces the stickiness of blood platelets, helping keep blood vessels open and flexible. This helps maintain a good blood supply to the brain, therefore reducing the risk for brain and mental impairment.
- Improve bone strength – Studies have shown that people who drink a glass of wine had greater bone mineral density in the hip region of their thigh bones, than nondrinkers or heavy drinkers. Bone mineral density is the measure physicians use to determine bone strength and resilience. This can reduce the risk for bone diseases such as osteoporosis.
- Protects teeth – Red wine and grape seed extracts help remove certain bacteria from teeth. This particular activity produces acid which damages the teeth over time and causes such dental diseases as cavities and gingivitis. A glass of red wine may kill these dangerous bacteria in your mouth, promoting dental health.
- Fosters good eyesight – Antioxidants in red wine prevent age-related deterioration of eye muscles. Wine can help stop the growth of blood vessels in the eye, which is good because if blood vessels continue to grow, they can cause macular degeneration or failing eyesight.
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