Like most other foods and beverages, consumption of excess alcohol can cause serious health problems, but it is a well-known fact that wine, taken in moderate amounts is in fact good for your health.
Although there is a misconception going around that wine is the absolute best source for antioxidants, it’s still a great source nevertheless. Here’s some health benefits of drinking wine:
Red Wine Prevents Tooth Decay
Red wine hardens the enamel of your teeth and prevents it from being attacked by bacteria and tooth decay. Plus, the presence of Polyphenols in red wine reduce gum diseases and inflammation.
Protect Your Heart
A powerful antioxidant compound called Resveratrol is found in red wines, which helps reduce accumulated fat in your arteries. When drunk in moderation, it also increases HDL cholesterol, which is ‘good cholesterol’, and protects you from cardiovascular diseases because of Polyphenols.
Lowers Your Blood Sugar
Resveratrol also helps your body handle insulin levels better and regulate blood glucose levels. Proper wine intake can actually keep diabetes away!
Prevents Cancer and Other Conditions
Wine actually stimulates blood flow to your brain and helps with proper cognitive function if taken in moderation, so in the long run, it prevents conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It is also known to lower the risk of breast and lung cancer.
Keeps You Youthful
Since resveratrol actually prevents fat build-up, you can stay fitter and healthier with the regular intake of red wine. Also, some compounds found in red wine combined with the antioxidants slow down aging and keep your skin looking youthful.
Small amounts of wine before you hit the sack can pretty much guarantee peaceful sleep. Melatonin, found in red wines, is actually produced naturally, but is also sold as a supplement to control sleep cycles.
As mentioned earlier, these health benefits are only if you drink wine in proper amounts. One glass a day is the recommended intake, with your meals, or by itself.