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13 Benefits of Drinking Wine You Probably Didn’t Know

Blog 🕔August 10, 2017

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Be honest – there are days, or nights, when you feel extremely guilty for popping open that bottle of wine after a long and tiring day at work, or after getting your heart broken – which is acceptable by the way – or simply when you’re just in the mood for drinking a glass of vino or two. You don’t want to be called an alcoholic when all you want to do is enjoy a night made perfect with a glass of wine.

Well, scientists are backing you up with these incredible discoveries about the many health benefits of drinking wine… moderately, of course.

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1. PREVENTS MULTIPLE RISKS OF CANCER.

Over consumption can be dangerous and may lead to or trigger diseases. However, if taken moderately, it can lead to a pretty life-changing result.

  • Colon Cancer. As mentioned above, moderate consumption of wine (specifically red wine) prevents diseases of some sorts. One of these is colon cancer. Research shows that drinking wine moderately cuts the risk of having colon cancer by 45%. This was published in Stony Brook University’s American Journal of Gastroenterology after they studied 2,291 individuals over the course of four years, showing promising results of red wine’s health benefits.
  • Breast Cancer. The scientists in the Journal of Women’s health have emphasized that red wine, especially its raw ingredient – red grape – has beneficial compounds which are able to suppress the activity of an enzyme used by breast tumors to produce their own estrogen. Red wine is the perfect cocktail for a lower risk of developing breast cancer.
  • Lung Cancer. According Chun Chao, Ph.D., the consumption of red or white wine may reduce your risk of lung cancer due to an antioxidant component in it. It protects the lungs and may even improve its function.
  • Prostate Cancer. Harvard Men’s Health Watch issue of June 2007 published a study stating that wine drinkers are 52% as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer as opposed to those who never drinks red wine. Moderate drinking was defined as an average of four to seven glasses of red wine per week. Too much of that quantity will lead to alcoholism and may trigger health problems.
  • Bowel Cancer. The scientists of the University of Leicester in UK have found out that drinking two glasses of red wine a day can prevent the risk of having bowel tumors by around 50%.

2. REDUCES RISK OF HEART DISEASE.

A study in Queen Mary University in London shows that red wine tannins contain procyanidins, which protect against heart diseases. According to some findings, wine appears to dilate arteries and increase blood flow, which causes the risk of clots that cut off blood supply and damage heart muscles to lower in an impressive rate.

3. REDUCES RISK OF DIABETES.

Researchers from Amsterdam’s VU University Medical Center has published the evidence reporting that moderate wine drinkers have 30% less risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those nondrinkers. The research was conducted on 369,682 individuals being studied over an average of 12 years each.

4. IMPROVES BRAIN ACTIVITY.

Wine researchers conducted memory quizzes to women in their 70s. The results showed that those who drank one drink or more every day have better scores than those who drank less-to-none at all. This shows that wine could preserve your memory.

5. REDUCES STRESS AND RISK OF DEPRESSION.

Researchers from some of the Universities in Spain found out that drinking wine may reduce the risk of depression; this problem being a hit among millennials of today. The study found out that people who drink two to seven glasses of wine every week were less likely to be diagnosed with depression, even when their lifestyle which could affect the findings were considered, the findings still stood credible.

6. PREVENTS LIVER DISEASES.

Wine is always thought of as liver-breakers. However, this conventional thought about this beverage has been questioned and challenged by researchers. And indeed, the research carried out at the UC San Diego School of Medicine have found out that the consumption of red wine of at least one glass per day have reduced the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease by half.

7. REDUCES THE RISK OF STROKE.

A study at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have found out that resveratrol in red wine has the tendency to raise the levels of an enzyme which is known to protect nerve cells in the brain from damage after a stroke. Moderately drinking wine can decrease the possibility of suffering from a blood-clot related stoke by about 50%.

8. SLOWS THE AGING PROCESS.

Daily consumption of wine encourages long life through eating fewer animal-based foods and starting to eat more plant-based foods. Harvard Medical School researchers reported that a certain compound found in red wine is linked to increased health and a longer life span.

9. IMPROVES BONE STRENGTH.

Wine boosts bone mineral density in the hip region of thigh bones. Bone mineral density is measured by the physicians to determine the strength and resilience of our bones. Drinking wine moderately can also reduce the risk for bone diseases like osteoporosis and the likes.

10. PROMOTES GOOD EYESIGHT.

Red wine contains anti-oxidants that can prevent the deterioration of eye muscles due to aging. It can also help stop the growth of blood vessels in the eye which can cause failing eyesight over years.

11. PREVENTS WEIGHT GAIN.

Researchers from Korea and a study from Washington State University have found that there is a certain compound in red wine that could block the processes which causes fat cells to grow. A study from Germany has also discovered that losing weight can be made easier by drinking wine.

12. PREVENTS RISK OF DEMENTIA.

The antioxidants in red wine reduce the stickiness of blood platelets, which helps keep the blood vessels open and flexible, in turn maintaining a good blood supply to brain. This is very important because it helps reduce the risk for brain and mental impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

13. RAISES LEVELS OF OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS.

Wine is considered to be better than all the other alcoholic drinks simply because according to a European study, it raises your omega-3 levels in plasma and red blood cells. Such higher levels of omega-3s in your blood can protect you against coronary heart diseases.

Surely, some of these health benefits may sound too good to be true, but they aren’t. These are all findings conducted by legitimate researchers among known and credible Universities. The key here is to drink wine moderately, lest you become an alcoholic and reverse all the health benefits that wine has to offer.

Have you read about a recent discovery or benefits of drinking wine? If you have, feel free to add one on the list and help your fellow wine-lover feel guiltless over drinking a glass of wine.

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Resources:

foodandwine.com
medicalnewstoday.com
lifehack.org

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