Over the past few years, there have been almost as many health studies on alcohol as there are grapes in a vineyard, and each one has a new theory. It really is true that drinking moderate amount of wine, particularly red wine, has its own health benefits, defined by the American Heart Association as one to two four-ounce glasses a day. Scientists have also found that red wines have higher levels of polyphenols, antioxidants and, in general, the darker the wine, the higher the antioxidant content.
6 Reasons To Love Red Wine:
Healthy heart : The antioxidants found in a glass of wine can help your heart in numerous ways to prevent heart diseases. They can increase your levels of your “good” cholesterol and lower your “bad” cholesterol. They protect your arteries from damage and prevent blood clots because the antioxidants enable your blood to flow easily. Wine may also increases omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to have protective effects on heart and blood circulation.
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 non-drinkers or heavy drinkers. This can reduce the risk for bone diseases such as osteoporosis.
Control blood sugar: 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. It 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.
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 muscular degeneration or failing eyesight.
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.
The big mistake people make is trying to buy these benefits in a bottle, rather than looking at how wine can be a part of a healthy lifestyle. Nature is complex, and we haven’t figured out how to put that in a bottle. The most important thing you can do is start to look at the big picture.
Think of the slow-paced life of the Mediterranean and bring a little bit of that into your life. Take time to prepare a simple meal packed with legumes and fresh vegetables. Savor this meal. Linger at the table with your friends and family. And of course – enjoy a leisurely glass of wine without feeling guilty.
Written by: Alan Smith for Global data brokers
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