If you love a small glass of wine with your dinner after a hard day’s work, then this will be music to your ears. Not only does a glass or two taste rather good, it's remarkably healthy, too, protecting against a whole range of diseases. Numerous health studies have shown the many benefits of drinking wine, proving the benefits are both extensive and at times, surprising! We are happy to report that your habit of drinking wine for its delicious taste also has positive ramifications for your health. So, what exactly are the benefits?
Burn extra calories
People who drink wine daily, but it moderation, tend to have lower body mass and narrower waists than occasional drinkers. Studies have shown that moderate wine drinkers have less abdominal fat that those who drink liquor, which is interesting. It seems that alcohol may encourage your body to burn extra calories, who knew!
Preserve your memory
It has been said that wine could help preserve your memory, as well as prevent clots and reduce blood vessel inflammation. In the past, blood clots have been linked to cognitive disease and heart disease, so wine can be helpful in preventing this.
Boost your immune system
Global studies have demonstrated that those who drank roughly one glass of wine per day reduced their risk of infection against bacteria which causes things like ulcers, gastritis and stomach cancers.
Build better bones
Estrogen level have been shown to be boosted by alcohol, which has a positive effect on women’s bone mass. This means your bones will be built better and stronger.
Reduce the risk of ovarian cancer
Studies have proven that wine can in fact be a guard against ovarian issues such as developing ovarian cancer. Research has shown that when compared with cancer-free women, one glass a day of wine seemed to reduce the risk of the disease by at least 50 percent.
Deal with dementia
A glass of red wine a day might help ward off neurodegenerative diseases. A compound called resveratrol in grapes stimulates an enzyme in the brain involved in nerve regeneration.
Those who drink one or two glasses of wine a day have a reduced risk of developing blocked arteries in the legs. Wine improves circulation, dilates blood vessels and raises good cholesterol.
Lower the risk of blindness
Moderate drinking of wine - but not beer or spirits - has been linked to a lower risk of age-related degeneration of the retina, which can lead to blindness.
Protective effects on the heart
According to the British Heart Foundation, 'moderate' drinking (one or two units a day) does seem to offer some protection against heart disease - but primarily for men aged over 40 and post-menopausal women (and only when consumption is limited to five units a week - that's just two standard glasses of wine).
Avoid the development of diabetes
Especially prevalent in pre-menopausal women, American studies have shown that those who drink one or two glasses of wine a day are less likely to develop diabetes, when compared to women who did not drink wine at all. It seems that wine has a special ability to reduce insulin resistance in diabetic patients.
So, all these points seem to lead to the conclusion that a healthy wine drinking habit is a positive one!
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