10 More Excuses For Drinking Red Wine
Let's be honest, just about everybody loves a glass of red wine with dinner and this is one habit you can indulge in guilt free. Well, at least that's my story anyway! There have been many studies into the effects of red wine in your health and the findings suggest that small, regular portions of red wine—two or three glasses with your evening meal (ie. no not 2-3 barrels!)—may actually be able to increase your lifespan and help you better enjoy the years you do have.
This is GREAT news for 27 year old wine lovers like me, who have decades more life to now feel completely at ease with our wine consumption and can fill up their wine racks without any guilt!
Not convinced about wine being good for you? Here are some of the very real health benefits of red wine:
1. Prevents Colon Cancer
Researchers at the UK University of Leicester have reported recent findings that suggest red wine can reduce the rate of bowel tumors by up to 50%.
2. Prevents Breast Cancer
While most forms of alcohol intake actually increase the risk of breast cancer some of the chemicals inherent in red grapes work to prevent breast cancer and a limited amount of these are transferred to red wine. Of course, raw red grapes are always better if your goal really is cancer prevention.
3. Boosts Your Brain Function
Red wine contains resveratrol, a compound which has been proven to hamper growth of beta-amyloid protein, the plaque responsible for creating Alzheimer's.
4. Reduces Risk of Premature Death
Studies show that red wine drinkers have a mortality rate that is up to 34% lower than beer or vodka drinkers.
5. Prevents Blinding Disease
The resveratrol in red wine also helps prevent the out of control growth in your blood vessels that leads to blindness. Large concentrations of this compound can be found in grapes, blueberries and a handful of other plant foods.
6. Anti-Aging Benefits
Have you ever heard that eating a lot of blueberries will help you stay vibrant and youthful? One of the primary anti-aging compounds in blueberries is resveratrol, which can also be found in the skin of grapes and in any high quality red wine.
7. Keeps Colds Away
According to a 2010 study in the American Journal of Epidemiology regularly drinking red wine—one to three glasses per day—may just keep the cold away. Of 4,000 participants in the study those who drank more than 14 glasses of wine per week were 40% less likely to get the common cold. Nothing can prevent you from ever getting a cold again, but regular, moderate red wine intake can dramatically reduce the risk.
8. Makes Your Skin Beautiful
Many of the antioxidants in red grapes do actually make it into your red wine. Antioxidants help keep your systems clean and there's nothing better for your skin than well cleaned internal systems.
9. Prevents Severe Sunburn
It's definitely not perfect on this front, but regular wine drinking has been shown to reduce the growth of reactive oxygen species, the cells in your skin that react to UV light and cause a sunburn.
10. Controls Blood Sugar
The Nutrition Study journal recently published research suggesting that small amounts of red wine may actually help diabetics control blood sugar. The participants who were given 250MG resveratrol supplements over a three month period showed lower glucose levels than those who weren't at the end of the three months.
Red wine might not be as healthy as eating a big bunch of grapes, but it certainly doesn't have to be a guilty habit and let's be honest, eating grapes doesn't give you the courage to chat up the cute guy at the bar. Remember to always drink in moderation and you will reap the health rewards of a regular red wine habit. Or, if you're hanging out with me, just remember the health benefits!
My name is Sophia and I LOVE keeping up with and discovering new beauty, health, fashion, lifestyle, and hair trends. I also, clearly, enjoy the odd glass of red so we probably have that in common! I'd love to connect with you over at my blog - All Her Things
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