Do you like to enjoy a glass of wine with the dinner? We have good news for you, not only that a glass of wine can de-stress you after a hard day at work, it also has some health benefits.

Antioxidants that can be found in wine have shown positive effects on human health. Apparently it’s not indifferent which one are you drinking. According to numerous studies, red wines are healthier than the white ones, because they contain more antioxidants, especially tannin. 

Tannin prevents cardiovascular diseases and decrease the number of cancer cells. It’s also the one that gives a specific dry and astringent taste to the wine. An antioxidant polyphenol lowers the level of bad cholesterol (LDL) and prevents cardiovascular diseases.

Resveratrol, that can be found in the skin of red grapes, has the most health benefits among antioxidants presented in wine. Resveratrol lowers blood glucose, sharpens memory, and reduces the risk of heart diseases. Since heart diseases and depression have similar protective and risk factors, Spanish researchers came to the conclusion that wine may even reduce the risk of depression.

Red wine has also anti-aging properties, so it can extend the length of life and prevent the growth of fat cells. Therefore wine makes you look younger and slimmer.

 

Health benefits of drinking wine
 

Now before you go and empty the whole bottle, you must realize that only moderate drinking has positive effects on health. Heavy drinking can lead to liver cirrhosis, heart disease, obesity, sleeping disorders, and infertility. If you are wondering how much is “moderate”, according to the expert’s one glass (5 ounce or 150 ml) of wine for women and two glasses of wine for men daily.

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Cheers to your health!

 

Sources:
8 Reasons To Love Red Wine; Prevention
Everything you need know about the benefits of drinking wine; Positive Health Wellness
Drinking Wine to Fight off Those Depression Blues; Guardian Liberty Voice
Polyphenols are medicine: Is it time to prescribe red wine for our patients?, A. C. Cordova and B. E. Sumpio; Int J Angiolv.18(3); Autumn 2009
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nfographic: All about wines; Pinterest
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