Incredible Health Benefits of Drinking Wine
If you like drinking a glass of wine now and then after a hard day’s work, or to celebrate some kind of success, but you feel bad about drinking and you think that it’s not doing your body any good, you can relax and rejoice, as wine actually offers numerous benefits for your health.
Of course, we’re not saying you should overindulge and drink too much, but a glass or two per week is just fine.
Wine has long been known to be heart-healthy. But it also has other incredible health benefits worth taking into consideration. For instance, resveratrol which is a part of wine (as well as red and purple berries and grapes, peanuts and pistachios) helps the body fight off bacteria and protect it from negative influences.
Wine could actually be considered a health drink if taken in moderation and here are the most incredible health benefits it has.
1. An occasional glass of wine helps you live longer.
People living in Crete and Sardinia reportedly have a pretty long lifespan, and it could be linked to their habit of drinking red wine regularly as a part of their routine.
A study conducted in 2007 shows that compounds called procyanidins (found in tannins contained in red wine) are good for your heart as they help improve the health of the cardiovascular system. Researchers also found that wines produced in France and Sardinia are particularly rich in this compound, and that may be the reason why drinking this wine regularly can prolong your lifespan.
According to a study conducted at Harvard Medical School, resveratrol in wine helps the genes that protect the body from diseases which come with aging become more active and effective.
2. Wine improves brain function.
The same compound that helps people live longer (resveratrol) can also have a positive influence on short-term memory. So instead of making you forget things, this time an alcoholic beverage will help you remember better (if you don’t overindulge, of course).
According to a study published in 2013 in the CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics, after only half an hour of testing, respondents who took resveratrol had a better ability of memorizing words, learning something new, making new memories and expressing emotions.
3. Wine can prevent acne breaking out on your face.
Instead of buying expensive creams and lotions to get rid of the acne on your face, why not enjoy a glass of wine? The above mentioned powerful compound, resveratrol, has the ability to act against acne better than the commonly used anti-acne treatment with benzoyl peroxide, as results of an international study published in 2014 indicate.
Besides, resveratrol, according to the researchers’ findings is far less toxic for your cells than benzoyl peroxide. This means that having a glass of wine from time to time is more effective in the battle against acne than commonly used anti-acne treatments.
4. Drinking wine in moderation can prevent depression.
Besides helping you relax, wine seems to be helpful when it comes to warding off depression as well, according to a study conducted in Spain and published in the Journal BMC Medicine.
The researchers included participants between the ages of 55 and 80 who had no history of depression or alcohol abuse and whose alcohol intake, lifestyle and mental health were analyzed over a 7-year period.
They found that those who drank 2 to 7 small glasses of wine per week were at a very low risk of depression. However, drinking more than 7 glasses a week can lead to the opposite effect, causing an increased risk of depression.
As with everything, moderation is the key to good health.
5. The antioxidants in wine reduce cold symptoms.
Ever heard of someone treating their cold with wine? It may sound ridiculous, but it may actually help.
A study conducted in Spain which observed 4,000 faculty members and students at 5 universities found that people who drank wine were at a lower risk of coming down with a cold than those who drank other alcoholic beverages.
The researchers believe that this protection against the cold could be linked with the antioxidant power in wine that helps reduce inflammation.