Many times, we remind ourselves that some habits are actually bad for us – lookin’ at you, wings and beer. Luckily, this is not one of those times. If you’re in the habit of pouring yourself a glass of wine, then you’re on the right track! New studies are constantly coming up that support the health benefits of drinking wine in moderation.
I say “moderation” because just as many studies exist about the severely negative results of over consuming alcohol. So how much is in moderation? Considering that a standard glass of wine is around 200 mL, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), women should not exceed 2 glasses per day on average, and men should not exceed 3 glasses. Now that that’s straightened out, let’s get to the fun part. Here are 10 health benefits of wine supported by scientific studies.
1. Wine Boosts the Immune System
Forget that vitamin C tablet in the morning. Instead, opt for a glass of wine in the evening. Wine can help ward off infections by keeping the immune system in check. However, excessive drinking kind’a has the polar opposite effect.
2. Wine Increases Bone Density
As we grow older, we lose bone density. We become weaker, more fragile, and even ricketty, you might say. Drinking wine, though, can help toughen us up. Red wine, specifically, contains high levels of silicon, which is great for increasing bone density and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
3. Wine Improves Oral Health
This one’s actually quite the recent discovery. A study published by the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid showed that wine destroys oral bacteria. What happens is that the antioxidants in wine prevent the bacteria from sticking to our teeth, gum, and tongue. They also mentioned that wine seems to be more effective than most commercially-available extracts that are supposed to prevent plaque. I guess I’ll be dropping the mouthwash and gargling with wine, from now on…
4. Wine Reduces the Risk of Stroke
You say aspirin. I say wine. Wine includes phenol which is a natural blood thinner. It could help break up blood clots that lead to strokes. These benefits are witnessed more in women than in men, though – sorry boys. And while red wine has the reputation as the “healthier” color, a study at the University of Barcelona found that the phenols in white wines are equal to, maybe even more than, those found in red wine. So no matter what color you vote, make sure you top off your glass tonight.
5. Wine Reduces the Risk of Heart Disease
This one is close to my heart – and yours, really. Studies have shown that the tannins in red wine contain procyanidins, which are also phenols, that combat the free radicals and are effective in preventing cardiovascular disease. According to WebMD, a study has shown that after 21 consecutive days of consuming a glass of red wine, the condition of the blood vessels was enhanced and lead to the improvement of blood flow.
6. Wine Can Lower Cholesterol
As I mentioned above, the procyanidins in red wine are super for promoting cardiovascular health. But that’s not all they do, as they also help lower blood cholesterol. Other helpful elements in red wine are reservatrols. They help decrease LDL (bad cholesterol) and improve HDL (good cholesterol). Did we mention that they also lower blood pressure? I told you, wine is very dear to my heart – literally.
7. Wine Reduces the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Does someone in your family suffer from Type 2 Diabetes? Do several? Are you worried you’re at risk of developing it yourself? Well, just like any other existential question in life, there is but one answer: Wine. Studies have proven that reservatrols improve insulin sensitivity, hence reducing the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
8. Wine Reduces the Risk of Cancer
No, no. We’re not done. Actually, this is where it gets interesting. According to a study by Harvard Medical School, men who drink 4 to 7 glasses of wine per week on average are 50% less likely to have prostate cancer compared to non-drinkers. But the benefits extend to colon and breast cancer, too. Aside from those nifty reservatrols, wine – especially red – is high in antioxidants which fight off free radicals that can lead to cancer.
9. Wine Improves Brain Function
It has been said that “wine is like food to the brain.” Nope, I kid you not. The chemical natural to red wine, especially, prevent our brain neurons from dying off. As a result, wine may prevent Dementia and can slow down the effects of neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
10. Wine Promotes Long Living
To top it all off, wine is the elixir of life, the philosopher’s stone, the – OK, no. But according to a study by Harvard Medical School, the reservatrols in wine activate a certain protein in our bodies, which acts as an anti-aging agent and does, in fact, promote long life!
I’m pretty sure you haven’t heard so much good news in one place for a long time… or maybe even ever. Let me know in the comments if you’ve heard about any other health benefits for wine – I’d love to know – or if there are any topics you’d like to read more about. Also, don’t forget to show me your support by following me over on Instagram and Facebook.
Finally, I’d like to end by saying “You’re welcome” and “Cheers to your health!”