Five Reasons Wine Should Be Your Drink Of Choice
Wine may not just taste good, it could possibly be doing you good…
With its rich flavour and variety, wine is not only great to indulge in and pair with a hearty meal. It has been suggested by several studies that wine in moderation can benefit your health in some ways. So here are some possible reasons you should consider swapping beer and spirits for a glass of wine.
Wine may lead to a healthier heart
While more research has to be done on the subject. Some studies have suggested wine may improve heart health, and it could all be due to an antioxidant known as resveratrol. Resveratrol is found in the skin of grapes which are used to make wine. Studies have highlighted how resveratrol may possibly increase levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as “good cholesterol”. At the same time, some studies have observed that resveratrol may decrease levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad cholesterol” and may even protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart.
Wine may help your circulation
According to the American Heart Association Journal, wine might improve circulation. It is speculated that the antioxidant resveratrol has properties in it that could prevent blood platelets from sticking together, which improves blood flow and therefore may prevent blood clots which could lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Wine may keep your bones strong
A recent study conducted by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) suggested that wine could possibly improve bone density and could lower the risk of osteoporosis, especially in women who are prone to bone density loss during menopause. This idea is based on a study which found that those who drank the equivalent of 1 to 3 glasses of wine a day had greater mineral bone density in the hip region of their thigh bones compared to non-drinkers and heavy drinkers.
Wine could keep you mind sharp
Scientists at Columbia University recently discovered that the antioxidants in wine such as resveratrol could prevent memory deterioration that comes along with age. The study also suggested that resveratrol could also improve short term memory and mood. When drinking in moderation of course.
You can drink wine on the Mediterranean diet
A lot of you must be thinking, ‘wine on a diet? No way!’ But it’s true, the Mediterranean diet is one of the very few diets that allows to have alcohol, specifically one glass of wine per day. The Mediterranean is also one if the very few diets among all the numerous diets out there that has actually been backed up by science. With research suggesting that given the Mediterranean diet includes a high intake of plant based foods, as well as fish and poultry at least twice a week, it could be beneficial food heart health.
NOTE: This article and most of the studies mentioned highlight that moderate drinking could potentially be beneficial. Also note that this article is merely a discussion that highlights some of the interesting research that has been conducted on the subject of wine, which is still somewhat minimal at this stage. According the Department of Health and Aging, is recommended that you limit yourself to 1 or 2 standard drinks per day. Heavy drinking is NOT beneficial.