Alcoholic drinks often get a bad rap. Unfortunately, drinking alcoholic beverages are more popularly associated with the negative effects of getting drunk. But contrary to what many people drink, not all alcoholic drinking is bad. Wine, especially red wine, provides a lot of surprising health benefits that make its moderate consumption worth pouring for.
There are numerous studies on the effects of moderately drinking red wine regularly. Moderate drinking is defined as up to two drinks per day for men and up to one drink per day for women. Drinking more will not provide more benefits; on the contrary, excessive drinking is harmful to your health.
If moderate wine consumption is something you would like to incorporate in your diet, here are some health benefits to give you more reasons to pop the cork on a daily basis:
- Improved cardiovascular health. Want a healthy heart? Drinking a glass of red wine every day may help reduce the risk heart disease. This is thanks to the compound resveratrol that is abundant in skins of grapes and berries, hence, also abundant in wine. Wine appears to help improve heart health by dilating arteries and increasing blood flow.
- Increased good cholesterol, decreased bad cholesterol. Red wine is known to increase good cholesterol while decreasing bad cholesterol. This usually results to lower risks of hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.
- Colon cancer prevention. The above-mentioned compound resveratrol found in skins of grapes and berries may be effective in preventing colon cancer. Low doses of resveratrol, which you can get from moderate consumption of wine, can help significantly reduce the size of bowel tumors.
- Improved lung function. When it comes to cancer, wine is beneficial not just for the colon, but for the lungs as well. A study showed that red wine prevents the spread of lung cancer cells.
- Lowered risk of osteoporosis. The risk of osteoporosis naturally increases with age and other factors but drinking red wine might actually help lower your risk for it. The beneficial compound resveratrol has been shown to help increase bone mineral density.
- Lowered risk of type 2 diabetes. A glass of red wine a day may also help lower the risk for type 2 diabetes. The ethanol in the wine is believed to help in glucose metabolism. Among the many promising benefits of resveratrol is improved sensibility to insulin, effectively preventing the insulin resistance to may lead to type 2 diabetes.
- Improved brain function. Ever had a glass of wine and felt sharper afterwards? You are not imagining things, wine has been shown to improve brain function. Thus, moderate consumption of wine can really do ‘clear the head’ and even improve your cognitive function.
Despite these many health benefits that drinking wine can provide, excessive alcohol consumption increases your risk for a whole lot of diseases and health conditions. If you are not a regular wine drinker and wish to make wine a part of your healthy diet, make sure to consult your doctor first.
Remember, moderation is key to everything. Let’s toast to that!
Author Bio: Rana Tarakji is an entrepreneur and a contributing writer at One SEO, a digital marketing agency, who lives in Beirut, Lebanon. Rana Tarakji is passionate about digital marketing, startups, helping entrepreneurs grow, and empowering them to live their dreams. She has worked as a marketer, a technology co-founder and business developer, and a writer.