For centuries, people have shared wine around dinner tables in Greece and around the world. But one question seems to keep popping up- is drinking a glass of wine every day actually good for you? Well, the answer is clear from several scientific health studies: Yes. Drinking wine, or specifically red wine in moderation can actually be beneficial to your health! As a matter of fact…
“Wine, especially the red variety, has been studied extensively over many years with impressive findings suggesting it may promote a longer lifespan, protect against certain cancers, improve mental health, and provide benefits to the heart.” (Medical News Today)
So next, we ask why? We can actually thank the skin of the red grape. Grape skin contains a chemical called resveratrol. This chemical works to lessen the stickiness of the red blood cells, which helps oxygen move throughout the body (and particularly to the brain) more swiftly. When the body receives oxygen easier, health improves.
Some of the benefits of drinking red wine in moderation are…
For thousands of years, wine has been thought of as having health-improving and anti-aging properties. “Monasteries throughout Europe were convinced that their monks' longer lifespans, compared to the rest of the population, was partly due to their moderate, regular consumption of wine.” (Medical News Today)
Promotes a Healthy Heart
Because resveratrol makes blood flow smoothly and increases oxygen intake to the body, it clearly has beneficial effects on the heart as well. Now remember, too much red wine can also have a negative effect on the heart, so keep in mind this article is referring to moderate consumption, which is only around one glass of red wine per day.
Lessens Chances of Blood Clots
Since resveratrol makes your red blood cells less “sticky,” blood clots are less likely in people who drink one glass of red wine per day. As a matter of fact, “Resveratrol might be a key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol) and prevents blood clots.”(MayoClinic.com)
Many medical studies have proven the health benefits of red wine with moderate consumption. Less studies have been conducted on other wines and alcohols, but it is known that the red grape skin is very beneficial to the health, and with moderate consumption, red wine may increase the lifespan! With that being said- cheers!