WINE YOUR WAY TO HAPPINESS
There’s no denying that wine is a magical substance.
It can turn an ordinary dinner into a party, and it’s the perfect way to wind down in a bubble bath after a long day. But while there are plenty of reasons wine makes us happy (and we can all name a few), you might not know that wine, and particularly red wine, also has some remarkable health benefits!
The Magic Ingredient
There have been numerous studies on the health benefits of wine. Many point to a substance known as resveratrol. This naturally occurring compound is produced by plants to protect them against fungi, UV rays and more, and it’s got some great beneficial properties for people too!
Resveratrol makes positive changes in the gut microbiome (the bacteria that live in your digestive system.) Surprisingly, these changes have been linked to better heart health! Red wine increases Omega-3 levels, which is also good for your heart, and it’s been shown to have a positive effect on patients with Type 3 diabetes (a disease that also increases the risk of heart disease.)
Beating Blood Pressure Trouble
In addition to the effects of Resveratrol in red wine, your favorite bottle of Merlot also contains procyanidins. This compound has been proven to improve the health of veins and arteries and can reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
Protecting Your Vision
One of the most remarkable, little known effects of the chemicals in your favorite red is on the eye. As we age, blood vessel growth in our eyes can get out of control. This can lead to vision loss due to conditions like macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Resveratrol in wine helps to slow the growth of these vessels, preserving your eye sight for longer.
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Red wine is not only beneficial in preventing one kind of cancer – it’s been proven to protect against many common cancers such as breast, colon and prostate cancer. It also helps to improve lung function in people who have lung cancer.
A glass of red a day can help fight depression and dementia. It can help to treat acne and keep your skin clearer. Remarkably, wine can help to prevent fatty liver disease! It helps to fight cavities by attacking bacteria on your teeth, and it can even help prevent sunburn!
Moderation Is Key
There’s no denying that wine is an amazing substance, that can improve our health and well-being on so many levels. It also tastes great, pairs amazingly well with most foods, and has been known to turn strangers into friends one glass at a time.
However, remember that moderation is key to get the benefits without the risk. Ideal wine consumption should be no more than a glass or two per day. People with a history of addiction should avoid alcohol altogether. If you are a responsible drinker though, you can enjoy a glass with a clear conscience, and feel virtuous at the same time. Now that’s something to celebrate!