The ability to help accentuate the taste of many dishes and improve digestion are not the only benefits of drinking red wine. If this drink is your first choice at parties, or you have a habit of drinking a glass of wine after a long day, we strongly encourage you to keep up this habit.
The list of health benefits of drinking wine – moderately, of course – is long and is becoming longer every year. Forget about the apple, one glass of wine a day will most definitely keep the doctor away!
Lowers Cholesterol Levels
Red wine is also considered to help reduce levels of cholesterol. People with high blood pressure who drank red wine noticed reduced LDL cholesterol levels for up to 12%, whereas healthy individuals saw a decline for up to 9%. This improvement means reduced risk of heart attack, stroke, and other heart-related problems.
Drinking red wine can help reduce the symptoms of a cold. The National Institutes of Health’s researchers believe red wine contains antioxidants which can combat infections and eliminate free radicals that can harm our body even more. Therefore, enjoy a glass of red wine whenever you are feeling under the weather, or if you are prone to colds and other common ailments and you want to prevent them.
Supports better blood circulation
Light-red wines help expand blood vessels thus helping circulation. Recommendation: have one small glass of wine with each meal, maximum three times a day.
Helps Weight Loss
Resveratrol is not the only compound in red wine that makes this drink beneficial for your health. The compound derived from resveratrol called piceatannol is thought to help the weight loss process, by preventing formation of fat cells in the body.
Researchers explain that this compound binds with insulin receptors to prevent fat cells from growing. This characteristic of red wine makes it the perfect drink for anyone who likes to lose some extra pound. Drink a glass of wine at least 3 times a week to help the weight loss process.
Regulates Blood Sugar Levels
Once again, thanks to the presence of resveratrol, red wine can help insulin secretion. Researchers believe red wine contains some protein that regulates glucose and insulin sensitivity. This is extremely important for diabetics as they have to control their blood sugar levels.
Good for stress relief
If you are constantly stressed, a glass of wine may be of help. You should take a break and have a glass of wine slowly and enjoy every sip. No particular wine is recommended; you should have your favorite wine. Still, bear in mind that red wines calm and relax, while white wines energize.
Helps prevent anemia
Moderate drinking of red wine can help prevent and even cure anemia. It is recommended to have a small glass of wine with your lunch every day and a glass of wine every evening.
Helps build better bones
A study has shown a connection between moderate wine consumption and increased bone mineral density. The positive effect of wine on the health of bones has been proven for women, but there is research suggesting that wine can have beneficial effects on men’s bones too.
Will help you stay younger
Wine drinkers have been found to have up to 40 percent more antioxidants in their bodies compared to non-wine drinkers. Antioxidants ‘catch’ free radicals and prevent cell aging. Wine lovers on average live longer and stay younger and more vital.
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Helps Treat Cancer
Even though this characteristic or red wine is not scientifically backed up, it is considered that the antioxidant quercetin it contains supports the natural death of colon cancer cells, and cells of other types of cancer.
This drink prevents blood clotting. It contains polyphenols which improve and retain the flexibility of the blood vessels, thus reducing the risk of blocked arteries. This, in turn, protects heart health. However, moderation is important so don’t overdo your wine habit.
Moderation is the key to profit from the beneficial effects of wine. Recommended quantities are not more than 0,3 liters a day. And no, drinking the whole bottle doesn’t double or triple the benefits!
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