We’ve all heard that too much wine is bad for you.
That’s true, but then again too much of anything is bad for you. Too much food, too much water, even too much oxygen is bad for you!
It’s almost like everything is out to get you.
However, in moderation, it looks like a little wine is actually really good for you as they’re a lot of health benefits to it.
Reduces Risk Of Dementia
Moderate wine drinkers are 23% less likely to develop dementia, according to researchers from Loyola University Medical Center (USA).
Professor Edward J Neafsey said:
‘We don’t recommend that non-drinkers start drinking. But moderate drinking, if it is truly moderate, can be beneficial.’
Prevent Liver Disease
I know this one sounds far fetched but trust me.
Drinking wine can reduce your risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease by half. It has to be wine though.
A study conducted by UC San Diego School of Medicine found that beer and hard liquor drinkers had more than four times the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease than the wine drinkers.
But please note that moderation is key here, though.
Protects Against Prostate Cancer
Men who drink 4-7 glasses of red wine a week are half as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than those who don’t drink red wine.
This revelation was found by Harvard Men’s Health Watch.
But why red wine? They’re not really sure, but doctors think it has something to do with the chemicals particular to red wine, like the flavonoids and resveratrol.
Raise In Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Why would you eat oily fish when you could have a nice glass of wine to raise your Omega-3 fatty acid levels?
According to a European study, regular, moderate wine drinkers had higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood, which the scientists found was triggered by the wine.
Protects You From Sunburn
Scientists from the University of Barcelona have found drinking wine can help to lessen the effects of UV (ultraviolet) rays and protect you from severe sunburn.
However, you should still wear some sunscreen while out in the sun.
Prevents Breast Cancer
Most alcoholic drinks can increase your risk of breast cancer, but according to researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (USA) red wine can have the opposite effect.
In moderation, the chemicals found in the seeds of red grapes reduce oestrogen levels in pre-menopausal women, while increasing their testosterone levels. It’s the perfect cocktail for a lower risk of developing breast cancer.
Prevents Type 2 Diabetes
Insulin resistance is a critical factor which contributes to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences found that the chemical resveratrol which is found in wine can improve sensitivity to insulin.
Slowing Down The Aging Process
Monks have believed for over a thousand years in wine’s anti-ageing properties. But now it looks like the theory is backed by science.
Harvard Medical School researchers found that red wine’s magical compound resveratrol and the SIRT1 gene, which are both found in red wine, are linked to increased health and a longer lifespan.
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