You would surely love to pop open the cork after a killer day whether roaming here and there or at the office. You will love the luscious wine flows in drops into your shiny glass. But still there is a voice that will slowing whisper in your ear “Should I be drinking wine?” In today’s era everyone is keen about his health. You always try to make healthy food choices. You go to the gym and yoga a few times a week to have good health. But though you love wine you will always think about it’s negative impacts. What about a glass of wine a few times per week?
Unless you are not well aware you might have heard of the heart-healthy benefits of red wine. So, this is not your big concern; you already exercise and eat pretty well.
Get ready to amaze yourself. More than just being heart-healthy, wine has a alot of surprising health benefits. These may reverse your thinking too. Some plants make resveratrol to fight off bacteria and fungi. Red and purple grapes, blueberries, cranberries and pistachios are sources. It is the wonder ingredient which is responsible for many of wine’s benefits.
Check out the following benefits of wine that go way beyond heart healthiness.
1. Live longer
That’s absolutely right. On the island of Ikarios is a recently discovered Blue Zone. In this people live longer than anywhere else in the world. This is because daily wine consumption is part of a dietary pattern. It encourages long life. This is done through eating fewer animal-based foods and eating more plant-based foods. Apart from this you’ll find the long-lived residents of Crete and Sardinia sipping dark red wine which is a part of their anti-aging lifestyle. In 2007 a study suggested that procyanidins, compounds found in red wine tannins, help promote cardiovascular health. The wines which is produced in areas of southwest France and Sardinia have particularly high concentrations of the compound. People tend to live longer in this area.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School gave evidence that resveratrol directly activates a protein. This protein promotes health and longevity in animal models. It increases the activity of sirtuins which are a group of genes that protects the body from diseases of aging.
2. Become More Smart
Resveratrol may help improve short-term memory. After just 30 minutes of testing, researchers found that participants taking resveratrol had a significant increase in retention of words and showed faster performance in the portion of the brain associated with the formation of new memories, learning, and emotions.
3. You can vanish breakouts with wine
Resveratrol is able to inhibit the growth of acne-causing bacteria that too longer than benzoyl peroxide. Not only this it works even better when combined with benzoyl peroxide. There is no doubt in the fact that drinking the antioxidant is the best way to be benefitted from its properties. Even the topical application in creams has not been proven as effective. The best way is to imbibe your antioxidants in wine, fruits, and veggies instead of buying expensive creams.
4. Wine can also be useful instead of gym
What would you like.. drinking wine or working hard at the gym? According to scientists at the University of Alberta in Canada, resveratrol improves heart, brain, and bone function and that too in the same way in which these parts are improved when you go to the gym. Now, compare the benefits of doing both!
5. No more way to depression
This is commonly known that wine helps you relax…but what about depression? A Research was done in Spain, the results of which showed that men and women who drank two to seven glasses of wine per week were less likely to be in depression. So, why to be under pressure and get depressed, have a glass of your vine, forget all the problems and enjoy yourself.
6. Reduce risk of liver disease
And yup, that’s completely true. This study definitely challenged traditional thinking about alcohol and liver disease. Modest wine consumption, which means only one glass a day, can help to decrease the prevalence of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). Modest wine drinkers in comparison to non drinkers cut their risk of NAFLD in half. You will be surprised to know that as compared with wine drinkers, modest beer or liquor drinkers had four times more chances of NAFLD.
7. Promote healthy eyes
Resveratrol stops out-of-control blood vessel growth in the eyes, according to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. This may help with treatment of diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Note that these studies were done in mice, so the dose for humans is not yet clear. But this is a great start.
8. Protect your teeths
Have you ever heard the fact that drinking wine is a way to protect your teeth from bacteria?
Earlier stated were wine’s antimicrobial effects on the skin. In addition to this it also helps to reduce bacteria from our teeth. A research was carried by scientists with five of the common oral plaque-causing bacteria. It was noted that there was complete degradation of the bacteria after applying the biofilms with red wine.
9. Say no to cancer risks
Red grapes are the best fruit able to lower down the activity of aromatase. This enzyme used by breast tumors to produce their own estrogen. This is what is is called an aromatase inhibitor. Another role of red wine is that it serves as a nutritional aromatase inhibitor. This may ameliorate the elevated breast cancer risk which is associated with alcohol intake. One thing to note here is that you can also eat red grapes; those with seeds are especially helpful. It is also believed to kill cancer cells by cutting off a pathway which feeds cancer cells.
10. Goodbye sniffles
Yes, it’s a fact that your grandma’s cold remedy isn’t so strange. A study looked at 4,000 faculty members at five universities. This study took place across Spain. Those who drank wine were less likely to come down with a cold in comparison to those who drank beer or spirits. As per researchers the antioxidants help lower inflammation and also reduce the symptoms of colds.
11. Lower your cholesterol
Resveratrol is thought to reduce LDL and increase HDL. It means that our blood vessels are less likely to be coated with plaque. As per the American Heart Association, moderate consumption of any type of alcohol can increase your HDL( good cholesterol) by almost about 12%.
12. No more the risk of stroke
Wine may reduce your risk of stroke. In analyses done with adjustment of age, sex, and smoking, intake of wine on a monthly, weekly, or daily basis was associated with a lower risk of stroke in comparison to those with no wine intake. But these benefits were not seen in beer or hard alcohol consumers.
13. Regulate blood sugar levels
Red wine has abundance of polyphenols. The polyphenols in wine interact with cells involved in the development and storage of fat. It also plays active role in regulation of blood sugar. The amount of polyphenols in a small glass of red wine appears to rival the blood sugar.
14. No more diabetes risk
Men and women who drink moderately have a 30% lower risk of suffering diabetes. This may be due again to resveratrol. This is because it improves sensitivity to insulin. Insulin resistance is the most important critical factor which is contributing to Type 2 diabetes risk.