You've probably heard that wine is good for you, but maybe you've also heard that you shouldn't drink too much.
How can something so delicious be beneficial to you at the same time? Well, science says we should open a bottle of pinot frequently, and who are we to argue with science?
These are 5 healthy reasons to have a glass of good wine at the end of the day.
- KEEP YOUR HEART STRONG - Red wine is the favorite source of potent plant antioxidants, and while they may be more abundant in broccoli, they're so much more fun in a glass. The most notable disease-fighting compounds in red wine are resveratrol and proanthocyanidins. Research has found that people who drink red wine tend to have a lower risk of heart disease, along with a healthy lifestyle, of course.
- Reduces the risk of developing the disease Alzheimer and other degenerative diseases: Recent research suggests that drinking 1 to 3 glasses of red wine daily was associated with a lower risk of dementia and Alzheimer's. Scientists discovered that when red wine passes through the gut, it leaves behind unique antioxidant compounds that can protect our brain neurons from being damaged or destroyed. This, in turn, can help reduce the chance of developing neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's.
- Happier Gut Bacteria: We Know We Should Eat More Probiotics Like yogurt and sauerkraut for its natural gut health benefits, but the good news is, you can add your favorite wine to that list, too. Yes, it is a naturally fermented product, just like yogurt, pickles, Kombucha and other bacteria-friendly foods, but early research has shown that wine can have an additional probiotic effect, helping to improve the bacterial composition of our intestines.
- Boost Your Mood: Most of us already consider a good glass of wine a bit of a party starter, but research suggests it can do a lot more than just help you crack a smile. Research has linked moderate wine consumption (about 2 to 7 glasses per week) with a significantly lower risk of depression.
- Avoid diabetes: One large study found that moderate consumption of red wine was linked to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes in women, while another found that moderate consumption (of any type of alcohol) could reduce your risk by approximately 30 percent. (However, if you have diabetes, talk to your doctor about drinking, as alcohol can cause sugar levels dangerously low blood pressure and may also interact with medications).
White wine versus red wine: which is healthier?
Between tastes and colors the authors say there have not been written. Same with Red wine and white wine, both are equally healthy and it is up to your palate to enjoy a stronger and more astringent grape such as a Chilean Carmenere or an Australian Shiraz, even a delicate French Merlot or an Italian Pinot Grigio.
Wine is one of those that stir passions among connoisseurs and not so experts. It is a local pride of those who harvest it and even a national symbol in some cases. The truth is that at the bottom of the glass, when toasting saying "health" is not just a social expression, it is a recognition of what the wine leaves in your body: Health!