We drink it with dinner, we drink it with friends, we drink it to celebrate life events, we look forward to it after a long day at work, it relaxes our mind and brings a smile to our face. Yes we are talking about wine! But did you know that moderate wine consumption can be good for your health.
We’ve all heard that a glass of wine here and there is good for you …. but how exactly?
Before we talk health benefits however, lets talk ‘pour size’ and what is meant by moderate consumption. While we may love our oversized wine glasses, medical experts don’t consider them a proper pour size. Consuming too much alcohol will negate all the below health benefits. The National Health and Medical Research Council states that two small glasses of wine per day is the maximum safe dose with further recommendation that no more than four standard drinks be consumed on any one occasion.
Now that we have that sorted, grab yourself a glass and let’s talk health benefits of moderate consumption.
1. Source of Antioxidants
Wine is full of antioxidants that attack disease causing free radicals. Antioxidants can help prevent cancer, heart disease and assist in lowering cholesterol.
2. Reduces Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke
The tannins found in red wine contain procyanidins – phenols which neutralise free radicals – that have shown to be effective in preventing cardiovascular disease.
Research has shown that with moderate consumption of wine blood vessel cell health was enhanced, improving the flow of blood. This increases the health of the heart, lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.
A studydone by John Hopkins University Medical Center found that resveratrol found in red grape skins could protect against stroke when the grapes were turned into wine.
Moderate consumption of wine can prevent blood clotting. Wine acts as a natural blood thinner, breaking up any blood clots that could lead to a stroke.
Beware, while light to moderate consumption may provide these health benefits, heavy drinkers are more likely to have the opposite effect with higher risk of disease.
Like all good things in life, moderation is key.
3. Boosts the Immune System
Drinking a glass of wine daily can give your immune system a boost and help to ward off infection. Don’t get carried away though, as excessive consumption can have the opposite effect on your immune system.
4. Lowers Cholesterol
Research has shown that wine may raise levels of good HDL cholesterol, which helps protect your arteries by as much as 5 to 15 percent. Red wine is particularly beneficial because its polyphenol antioxidants may also lower bad LDL cholesterol levels.
5. Improves Cognitive Function
It may sound crazy, but drinking a single glass of wine has shown to improve brain function. It is like food for the brain. The chemicals in red wine prevent the brain’s neurons from dying off. As a result, it protects the brain from dementia while slowing the onset of diseases like Alzheimers and Parkinson’s.
6. Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Resveratrol in wine has been proven to improve response to insulin. With insulin resistance contributing to type 2 diabetes risk, a glass of wine makes the list of things you can enjoy
7. Increases Bone Density
Milk builds strong bones, but apparently wine helps keep them. Studies focused on skeletal research in the last 10 years have found evidence that phytochemicals, such as the polyphenols found in grape skins, contribute to healthy bones..